Expect Mayweather To Set Sights On Asia After Pacman’s Macau Debut
By Miguel Alejandro Lopez: For the past few years, Floyd Mayweather Jr. has spent a considerable amount of energy trying to distance himself from Manny Pacquiao. It is not unusual for boxing fans to see Mayweather on TV shows and interviews, putting up long explanations and arguments on why he doesn’t need Pacquiao, how he is better than Pacquiao, and why he is the best pound for pound boxer and NOT Pacquiao.
That’s what Mayweather’s mouth is saying, but his actions show otherwise.
The way Mayweather manages his career for the past few years, it is apparent that he makes decisions based (to a large extent) on proving a point against Pacquiao. When Floyd Mayweather announced that he is coming out of retirement, he did it on the SAME DATE that Pacquiao decisively beat Oscar De la Hoya.
Mayweather’s first fight after retirement is against Juan Manuel Marquez — a guy who is two or three weight classes below him. No matter how many boxing fans try to figure out why Mayweather opted to face Marquez, it’s really a no-brainer. Floyd wanted to fight Marquez, because Marquez is Pacquiao’s nemesis. He wanted to prove the argument, “If I beat Marquez easily and Pacquiao had troubles with the same guy, then I am the better fighter”. No one can deny that this Mayweather move to fight a guy below his weight class is a Pacquiao-centric decision.
Floyd is known to be a “boxer” type of boxer, while Pacquiao is always the brawler who always gives explosive fights to the fans. But when Floyd fought Cotto, suddenly he “became” this toe to toe boxer and he stood flat footed many times to trade shots with Cotto. As a result, he suffered punishment against the Puerto Rican. Alas, Floyd Mayweather was just trying to fight the way Pacquiao does it, but it backfired on him.
Another case wherein Mayweather obviously imitated Pacquiao can be seen in the way he conducted himself in television interviews lately. Gone were the days when Mayweather would openly diss TV hosts. Mayweather has now packaged himself as a “more mature” and laid back type of person who fears God and family. In short, he is trying to build an image similar to that Pacquiao. Unfortunately, people know that Floyd is really not that type of person. He was just putting up that mask, hoping to forever overshadow Pacquiao (who, by the way is considered one of the classiest boxers in history).
Now that Pacquiao has taken a different direction in his career and decided to fight in Macau, China to try to tap into the Asian market, expect Floyd Mayweather to follow along and try to gain some support from the Chinese and Asians as well. Floyd is too concerned about being seen as better than Pacquiao in all respects, and the next automatic step that he will make is try to promote his next few fights to the Chinese people.
It has been said that rivalries root from extreme jealousy and insecurity, and it seems as though this is the case with Mayweather fighting Pacquiao in all forms except fighting in the ring.