Prove us wrong, Floyd
By Frank (Frankly) Livingstone: The announcement coming from Floyd’s adviser Ellerbe “ We are going to make the biggest fight possible and everybody knows what the fight is – the little fella” has the boxing world go into overdrive.
They even set the venue and date for the fight. But after digesting the news and comments from Bob Arum that he was not informed about it, the overdrive has gone to a screeching halt.
This announcement has bemused Bob Arum even labelling it as a joke. Bob even added that “They have some kind or reason to do this, Floyd was getting pissed off with all the attention Manny is getting”.
How the announcement was made has only weigh in on public opinion on whether Floyd is really serious about fighting Manny Pacquiao. I have my doubts and these are the reasons.
1. The fight should have been made in 2009. The first negotiation broke down because of Floyd’s demand for RBT 30 days before the fight.
2. The goal post demand of Floyd regarding the RBT keeps on changing from 30 days, 14 days and up to the end of the fight.
3. There were even reports that the USADA should be the only one conducting the test which means that Pacquiao would not be able to train in the Philippines.
4. Floyd’s inconsistent comment about fighting Pacquiao. After announcing “Manny Pacquiao, you are next” at a large audience, he immediately denied it with his comment “Don’t put words in my mouth”
5. Floyd would earn more than 25 million dollars without having to fight Pacquiao and preserve his “O” record.
6. The defamation case and other court cases against Floyd
7. Floyd is not the same fighter he was before his comeback and has not been really tested on his last 3 fights.
Floyd Mayweather Jr is a businessman and he would only take a fight after assessing the risk. His fight with Mosley was a high risk so he took his time signing the contract but the rewards justify the risk. After all, Mosley has not fought for more than 15 months and had a disrupted training when his fight with Berto was cancelled. With Pacquiao, there is the unknown factor, southpaw and the best offensive fighter. This would be the biggest risk in his career. Would he risks his “O” record against the little fella and one dimensional fighter. Time is running out on the 34 year old American fighter and a number of boxing fans doubt if he will ever step in the ring with Manny Pacquiao. Will the rewards against probability of failure justify the risk? PROVE US WRONG, FLOYD.