Mayweather tweets are a farce

By Boxing News - 02/04/2012 - Comments

Image: Mayweather tweets are a farceBy John F. McKenna (McJack): It has been made increasingly clear over recent months that when World Boxing Council (WBC) welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. (42-6, 26 KO’s) takes to his Twitter account it is done with drama in mind.

“Pretty Boy” Floyd has been successful at staying relevant through his Twitter’s, mainly to his arch rival World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao (54-3-2, 38 KO’s). He has also been successful at shifting the blame from himself to team Pacquiao as the reason the much anticipated Mega fight between himself and Manny has not happened. And make no mistake Mayweather’s tweets are effective at conning his fans.

Last November, prior to Pacquiao’s fight with lightweight champion Juan Manuel Marquez (53-6-1, 39 KO’s) the Mayweather camp reserved the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas for May 5 with a fighter they ambiguously referred to as the “Little Fella”. Of course boxing fans and writers assumed that the “Little Fella” referred to was Manny Pacquiao.

When “Pacman” put in a sub par performance against Marquez, a fighter that Floyd had basically shut out, the Mayweather camp seemed to be emboldened and more interested in taking on Manny than it had been previously.

The tweets by Mayweather increased. When Floyd tweeted Manny a few weeks ago telling him “step up punk!” Mayweather’s fans were overjoyed that their hero was calling Pacquiao out.

A couple of days ago when Mayeweather revealed that his May 5th opponent would be WBA light middleweight champion Miguel Cotto (37-2, 30 KO’s) and not Manny Pacquiao, it was reported on that Floyd tweeted Manny saying:

“I’m fighting Miguel Cotto on May 5 because Miss Pac Man is ducking me.”

Pacquiao for his part has remained calm and refuses to be drawn into a Tweeting war.

Pacquiao adviser Michael Koncz was quoted also by regarding his negotiations with Mayweather saying:

“I thought we made a reasonable, fair offer. The last offer given to him was a $50 million guarantee with a 45-55 split, with the winner taking the extra 10 percent. He had other plans obviously so I wish him luck and we are going to move on. We’re not devastated by the fact that we are not fighting Floyd.”

Koncz made note of the fact that his talks with Mayweather were cordial. Koncz also said that initially he kept his conversations with Mayweather private and only went public when Foyd went to his Twitter account to accuse Pacquiao of ducking him.

It goes without saying that boxing is now a very big business. The Pacquiao – Mayweather fight had promised to bring in some $200,000 million in revenue. Both fighters would easily eclipse anything they had earned from any previous fight. And if you were serious about negotiating such a huge business deal why would you attempt to negotiate the deal through your Twitter account? And why would you reserve a venue without first contacting Team Pacquiao? Mayweather would never let anyone shove anything of such importance as the venue and the date down his throat.

And why would Floyd turn down a Mega deal which gives him $50 million up front and 45/55 deal with the winner (presumably Mayweather) getting the extra 10 percent?

Forget the ludicrous argument that Pacquiao does not deserve a 50/50 split. That is utter nonsense when you consider that Manny’s Pay Per View (PPV) buys for his last three fight exceed Mayweather’s. In Manny’s recent fights he has also sold out the venue’s where Floyd has come up short.

This all from a boxing writer who is pretty sure that Floyd would come out on top in a Mayweather – Pacquiao fight.

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