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Floyd Mayweather – a fair weather bling boxer…..

MayweatherFloyd Mayweather has come up with many excuses to avoid a fight with his nemesis Manny Pacquiao, but the latest has to be the best.

Can it be that he manipulated a prison sentence to avoid a confrontation?

Having been convicted of a domestic assault, he has been sentenced to three months imprisonment.

This will severely put back any plans to fight Pacquiao, and even if he gets an early release, or even if he gets a successful appeal, it would mean that there will be no potential meeting in the ring for eight months or more. 

Why is this such a big deal? Two reasons – boxing is about the purse, and a contest between the two adversaries would produce millions of dollars win or lose for the contenders, and secondly, Mayweather has exposed himself as a charlatan, an opportunist and a thoroughly devious individual, who has a track record of resorting to unsportsmanlike conduct time after time to avoid a fight with Pacquiao.

In contrast, Pacquiao has conceded and agreed to every request from the Mayweather camp – the problem is that he is not the fighter he was. Mayweather knows that the more substandard fighters that the Filipino fights, will erode and tire him. He will then face him at his weakest and exhausted moment.

The money-men, the agents, the promoters couldn't give a rats arse about that. They want the fight to happen – in Las Vegas – and all the attendant razzmatazz which goes with it.

Heavyweight boxing has taken a back seat to the pound for pound boxing light and welterweight fighters. There are no major heavyweights in the game today which will attract the money like these two.

Pacquiao earns $25 million per fight. The bout with Mayweather will earn him double that – win or lose. Mayweather exists on his reputation, and he doesn't want to be a loser.

The whole business stinks. Anyone who thinks it's a sport is delusional. This is not amateur Olympic boxing. The last UK boxer to take a pop at Pacquiao was Ricky Hatton. He lasted two rounds and he was thoroughly smashed and humiliated. He still got a few million pounds for his demise and subsequently retired.

Pacquiao is involved in politics and product placement now – even he cannot afford a defeat because he is a hero to his people. He barely came through his last fight on points, and there is a conspiracy theory that he won it because of the potential money earner with a fight with Mayweather.

If he had lost, the box office of that future meeting would have suffered considerably. Mayweather would have fought less able fighters seeking his vulnerable crown and continued to roll in the dosh, but none would have the kudos and revenue of the fight with Pacquiao.

Yes, it's a truly smelly business. Pacquiao – a simple honourable Filipino will get shafted by all this. He may be comforted by his wealth, he may be lauded and applauded by his countrymen, but he will lose because the forces of exploitation and manipulation are against him. He is losing the game.

He should quit now. Not because he is weak, but because he is strong. That takes courage. A boxer is only as good as his last fight – and that will be all that people remember.

I recommend the excellent novel by George Macdonald Fraser: Black Ajax for an insight into the early "sport" of Boxing.





December 23, 2011 - Posted by | Boxing, Culture, Current Affairs, Education, Events, History, Sport, The Philippines

1 Comment »

  1. I agree with you wholeheartedly that he should quit. He has done boxing and his country a great service.
    As a foot note, seeing as I always read your posts. Thank you for all the entertainment, the thoughtful posts and more importantly, the laughs. In the spirit of the season, Merry Christmas to you and yours Bar.


    Comment by Spook Moor | December 24, 2011 | Reply

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