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(PAGE 1 of 2) These days, Floyd Mayweather Jr. has become more of a publicity stunt machine, than a real boxing champion. Once upon a time, I used to be a big admirer of the guy for his boxing skills and talents, back when he was taking on fighters like Chico Corales, Jose Luis Castillo, Jesus Chavez and Zab Judah. This ‘Money’ version of Mayweather, to me, has been more about hype, than substance. Let’s put it this way: Pretty Boy Floyd was dope; Money Mayweather is a sellout.
Mayweather rose atop boxing’s food chain by beating big names like Arturo Gatti and Oscar Dela Hoya, who gave him the opportunity to prove himself as ‘the man’ in boxing. And he did. For a while, Mayweather was considered as the undisputed pound-for-pound king of boxing. And he definitely deserved it.
After getting to the pinnacle though, Mayweather suddenly decided that he did not want to box anymore, and said that he had ‘nothing left to prove’. He dabbled into music, show business and whatever else outside the ring and enjoyed the fruits of his labor. And then he came back.
The thing is with Mayweather, he wants to be considered as the best, but is reluctant to prove it where it matters most- inside the ring. Unfortunately, during the time that he left his post, a small Filipino named Manny Pacquiao took his spot and quickly made the world forget about him.
Pacquiao came up in weight and captured boxing’s imagination when he beat up bigger guys, and gave fans more exciting fights while defeating some of Mayweather’s previous opponents like Oscar Dela Hoya and Ricky Hatton in a more convincing manner.
But instead of coming back and reclaiming the throne that used to be his by fighting and beating the guy who took it, Mayweather opted to let his mouth, rather than his fists, do the talking. He could’ve easily fought Pacquiao for his comeback fight if he really meant to seek something to prove.
Instead of doing so, he chose to fight the smaller Juan Manuel Marquez and had him move up 2 weight classes and fight at welterweight for the first time in his career, on the same day Pacquiao was to fight Hatton. And at the weigh-ins, Mayweather conveniently decided to come in 2 pounds over the contracted catchweight, just in case he didn’t already have enough advantages over Marquez.
And after Pacquiao made quick work of Hatton in two rounds, and destroying Miguel Cotto, fans were definitely clamoring for a Pacquiao-Mayweather superfight. But instead of giving what fans wanted, Mayweather went on to defame Pacquiao by repeatedly insinuating that he is taking performance enhancing drugs. This isn’t a case of Muhammad Ali telling George Foreman that he’s going to knock him out, and that he’s ugly. Without any proof or logic, Mayweather went after Pacquiao’s credibility labeling him a cheater.
Asked what kind of steroids they thought Pacquiao is using, Floyd’s uncle and trainer Roger said ‘A-Side meth’. If you haven’t heard of it, it’s because it probably doesn’t exist. According to Roger, it was the same drugs Filipino soldiers used in the war against US soldiers 500 years ago that made them bulletproof. What’s next? Next thing you know, they’ll say Pacquiao has adamantium claws.
Regardless how bogus, Mayweather insists in his drug tales, and in a recent interview with one of the groupie blog sites that worships his every word, Mayweather bragged that he would come out to a shirt that says “If you’re the best, take the test” when he fights Victor Ortiz in September.
When ESPN’s Tony Reali mentioned Mayweather’s announcement about fighting Ortiz on the show ‘Around the Horn’, he described Mayweather’s opponent as ‘AKA Not Manny Pacquiao’. ESPN analyst Michael Wilbon calls Mayweather a ‘coward’ for avoiding Pacquiao. And when Mayweather is asked about fighting Pacquiao, he either stutters, dodges the question, denies negotiations ever happened despite HBO officials refuting his claim, brings out drug testing or avoids mentioning Pacquiao’s name altogether.
While Pacquiao graces covers of Time Magazine, TV commercials, Nike billboards, most of Mayweather’s publicity is coming mostly from TMZ for the wrong reasons. Imagine Pacquiao going from being covered by every major media outlet getting all the high praise, to simply doing exclusives with me here at icedjamb.com and all he does is brag about his riches and talk badly about another fighter. I’d be the first to tell Pacquiao himself “Wow! How far down you’ve fallen.”
From getting respect and coverage from majority of media outlets like the aforementioned ESPN, Ring Magazine et. al, now all the respect he gets is from a blog site that might very well consider changing it’s name to FloydHype.com. (Incidentally, I broke the news about the announcement of Mayweather fighting Ortiz before any other publication, including the said Mayweather bulletin board and Mayweather’s Twitter announcement. Proof that you do not have to act like a fighter’s pom pom girl to get a scoop)
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