Do fans blame Mayweather for Pacquiao-Mayweather fight not happening?
By Juan dela Cruz: Many of the boxing fans are now blaming Floyd Mayweather Jr. for the biggest fight not happening. Even some boxing scribes held Floyd responsible for the failed fight and even commented on Floyd’s legacy. Dan Rafael of ESPN posted this on his twitter account :
“Floyd is rich but one thing he can never buy is a legacy that includes beating a prime Manny Pacquiao. He can never buy that. Ever.” Even Mike Tyson in an interview by Max Kellerman of ESPN’s Sports Nation revealed that among all the current fighters in boxing, he enjoys watching Manny Pacquiao the most. In a recent poll (not on this site), 79% of the fans point the finger at Mayweather when asked “Who do You blame for Pacquiao – Mayweather Not Happening?”
It is not surprising why a lot of the fans blame Mayweather for the failed fight. It was crystal clear that it was only Floyd who doesn’t want the bout to happen. All of his actions are pointing to that direction, that is to avoid Pacquiao at all costs. Firstly, he said all Manny has to do is to step up on the plate and call his name, but when Pac called him out, Floyd suddenly demanded random blood tests [RBT]. After rbt issues had been resolved, he now wants bigger slice of the purse, after the purse issue was resolved, he demanded where Manny should train. Other demands and excuses surfaced whenever there were talks of possible Pac-Floyd fight. Notable are his sudden vacations whenever Pac is free, demanding all the PPVs for himself and none for Pac, offering Pac $40 million without taking into consideration how much the fight can generate (around $300 million according to some analysts!). In some interviews, Floyd already gave a hint why he doesn’t want the fight to happen. He said his health comes first. He even mentioned how Manny was able to just walk through the punches of Dela Hoya, Cotto, and Margarito, all way bigger and powerful than Manny.
We could recall that Floyd wanted to clean up the sports and yet, he was harsh on Manny who was never been tested positive in all his drug tests, whether it be random or not, but he was too kind for Rios who failed in one of the test after the Pacquiao fight. And just recently, Floyd was bringing other issues like Manny’s low PPVs and his 1-2 win-loss record for his last three fights. He even added that he doesn’t want to do business with Bob Arum of Top Rank. How come PPV numbers are now an issue considering some of Floyd’s opponents were not at pay-per-view levels? Your guess is as good as mine.
If we could remember, Floyd had some video remarks against Pac. And just lately, he posted pictures in his twitter account about Manny’s refusal to accept the 40M and finally praying that Floyd should call him. This only shows where Floyd is only good at, fighting Manny from afar! I would like to borrow Ivan Goldman’s of Boxing Insider statement on the last part of his article. “Good luck with your legacy, Mayweather. But I promise you it won’t be what you hoped for. Thanks to you, the name Pacquiao will forever be entwined with yours. And not in a way that’s flattering to you.” Now it’s clear who’s to blame for the fight not happening. It is only one, it’s not Haymon or Golden Boy’s Richard Schaefer or Oscar De La Hoya, or Manny Pacquiao, Arum, HBO’s Ken Hershman, Showtime’s Stephen Espinoza or anyone else but Floyd Mayweather himself.