The world awaits Mayweather Jr.
By Vinz Felix: It has been over two weeks now since Manny Pacquiao (51-3-2, 38 KO’s) and his team have agreed to the 14-day closing window that Floyd Mayweather (41-0, 25 KO’s) demanded since the first time the match was initiated. Unfortunately, we have heard nothing but pure silence from the Mayweather camp about this mega fight. Many people, casual and boxing fans alike, are now starting to question why Floyd has suddenly come to a complete halt, and has even been rumored to take “a year or two off”. Shouldn’t he react immediately if he really wanted this fight to happen?
In order to get a boxing fight to happen, promoters have negotiations to deal with – including purse and PPV (Pay-Per-View) split, ring size, glove size and as of lately, blood testing. Unless you have been sleeping in a cave for the last 6 months, Floyd Mayweather Sr has accused Pacquiao of taking PEDs after his brilliant performance against former WBO Welterweight Champion Miguel Cotto (35-2, 28 KO’s) last November 2009, giving Pacman his 7th title in his career. Mayweather Jr continues with his father’s accusation and demands an Olympic-style blood testing up to 14 days to the fight, Pacman disagrees and only agrees to 24 days as he believes that drawing blood out of him weakens him. The fight was called off until Pacquiao announced late last month that he will agree to the random blood test, providing it stops 14 days prior to the fight. Now the ball is back in Floyd’s court.
The question is, what other problems is Floyd facing that is keeping him silent from all this talks about the fight of the decade? Some say that Floyd is scared of Pacman’s power, others say he wants a bigger purse split. Either way, it is his turn, to come out and meet with Pacman’s call. As the brilliant boxer that he is, I’m sure Mayweather knows that all his fans want him to silence all his critics that have called him several names in the last few months. Taking a time away off boxing will put away so much people – not just from his fan base, but for all boxing fans alike. Just like what UFC President Dana White said, it’s unbelievable that people are paying for a match that they don’t want to watch (referring to Mayweather fighting on other fighters than Pacquiao).
Mayweather Jr.‘s talent is very difficult to appreciate but he is one of the most naturally talented boxers out there in this day and age. Manny may not have the same fighting style as Floyd but he has brought excitement to the sport that no one has done since the Mike Tyson days – and yes, I was talking about Tyson prime (late 80’s to early 1990’s). Manny has officially announced that he will be retiring after one more match this year and Floyd hasn’t got anyone else more exciting to fight than Pacquiao – this is the end of the road for both fighters and I can’t wait until the bell for their first round begins.