Editorial by Al Alvir
The storyline changes once again. Common sense tells us that Manny Pacquiao does not want to fight Floyd Mayweather, Jr. Pacquiao refused to recognize Mayweather as a viable opponent for a couple of years; in interviews, he has been recorded saying that Mayweather wasn’t on his radar. When Pacquiao signed for his last fight, contrary to popular belief, he did it when it was impossible for Mayweather to guarantee a fight with him. The media tends to get this confused.
Pacquiao swore that “skills pay the bills” and that his “size or strength doesn’t matter,” but why does he not want to just fight? He is now turning the tables on Floyd Mayweather, pressuring him to submit to drug tests that fit his routine – something that is unprecedented in the history of boxing. Is the agreed-to 3 blood tests – one at the initial press conference, one 30 days before the fight, and one immediately after the fight – not enough? Pacquiao is pressing back at Floyd at every agreement, and now he wants more.
It is an empirical fact that the Nevada State Athletic Commission has the strictest boxing commission in the world, but what is Pacquiao expecting to be protected from? If Pacquiao were ever asked for any outlandish prefight requirement in the past, he would move on. After all, he is believing the press clippings that proclaim him as the best fighter in the world, pound for pound. It’s funny how Floyd has to prove himself more than any other dominant fighter in the history of boxing, and other fighters were clearly more dominant – nobody asked Roy Jones, Jr. or Mike Tyson to prove anything but their skills in the ring. It is as if the testing is questioning his stature as a fighter. What, Mayweather can’t be that good?
Now Pacquiao wants to send his own company, a team of hired hands, to run tests on Mayweather. Mayweather knows the tricks of this trade. He had previous experiences with blood tampering, so Mayweather has reason to be skeptical. There is even a video of Mayweather discussing his angst. And Pacquiao is slyly selling racist propaganda when he accuses Mayweather of improprieties. Pacquiao accused Mayweather of having more access to drugs because where he is from. Imagine if Pacquiao outright said, “It’s easy for blacks from the ghetto to be cheaters, so he must be up to something.” Also, Pacquiao’s father had said that even if Mayweather did anything illegal, Pacquiao would be an easier fight than his son’s last fight. So, why doesn’t Pacquiao just take to the terms of the fight? Mayweather has beaten prime opponents to establish that he has at least an equal say to the fight terms. And just because Pacquiao is undefeated in world championship fights, the wins cannot supersede principle; the wins mean nothing when two of the best have the opportunity to fight for their legacies.
Bob arum has been in the game for many years and he has experience with telling when a fighter doesn’t want to take a fight, and he had done everything in his powerful hands to make the fight happen, although to no avail. Other old-timers like Larry Merchant believe it whole-heartedly: If one fighter is willing to follow the established rules and the other doesn’t, the latter simply doesn’t want to fight.
So I’d say to Pacquiao, “You can’t create your own rules just because you’re afraid of losing what you have.”
The fight is on and off, both are called number one pound for pound, the rumors abound, and the names may be flip-flopped, but whichever way one looks at the facts there is only one coward here. It was already decided when he protected his record from Miguel Cotto rather than defending it.
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Mayweather! Dont be a Bey-otch!
The “REAL” greats in any sports faction always looked to challenge themselves to prove to the public but moreso to themselves who was or is the best in their particular sport- Hands down,without a doubt, Mayweather has dealt the sport a boxing a blackeye, by not accepting a fight with Manny- Im glad the video(year 2005), that recently circulated on the internet via youtube shows and vindicates Manny’s reasoning for not wanted to take 5 random blood tests up and till the day of the fight. For me and most boxing enthusists, i think i can speak for, WE were very excited on a a fight, where we believed somebody could finally test floyds so-called greatness in the ring and had a better than punchers chance of beating him- With that being said, “Money Mayweather” isnt apparently all about money at all – which he always claiming”If it dont make dollars ,it dont make sense” because this one fight makes the most dollars and the most sense in boxing history-LITERALLY. Im riding on Mayweather like this- *sidenote ( i liked the pre-money mayweather alot better- when he fought and finished fighters- ,not this runner we have now”boring”) because he always claiming to be the best. But common sense tells us “to be the best, you have to beat the best”. Floyd Mayweathers ego wont let him challenge himself in fear of the losing that zero on his record. In all reality, the fight that really matters is within himself- Can he overcome his ego and mindset and let his heart and fists do the talking, to stake his claim as the best ever to lace em up. Only “TIME” will tell my friends.
From now on, to all top boxers who want to fight me, you should do a random Olympic-style blood-test. If you can beat me, surely you have somethin’ to hide… I mean you must be on PED/EPO steroids that can only be tested through urine. You SCARE the hell out of me and you are a cheater. That’s why Manny is a cheater coz he scares me. “Pretty Boring” Floyd Mayweather.
Very interested article and good, I didn’t realise you flipped the names at first.
Hope everyone that reads it, gets it! SO cleverly put.