50 Cent says Mayweather is “scared to death” of Pacquiao
By Chris William: Rapper/promoter 50 Cent has serious doubts that the Floyd Mayweather Jr vs. Manny Pacquiao fight will take place next. 50 Cent thinks that Mayweather is afraid of Pacquiao, and because of that the fight won’t take place.
“Saw 50cent in the SI office. Said he still doesn’t think Floyd Mayweather will fight Manny Pacquiao. Said 50: ‘He’s scared to death,’” via Chris Mannix on his twitter.
I seriously doubt that Mayweather has any fear of fighting Pacquiao. If anything, Mayweather has likely already sized Pacquiao up and sees him as another victim to add to his win column.
What Mayweather is probably afraid of is signing a contract that doesn’t benefit him. He’s already arguably giving Pacquiao a gift in agreeing to a 60-40 purse split of the loot for the fight.
With Mayweather’s superior pay-per-view numbers and undefeated ring record, he could have easily played it tough and asked for at least a 70-30 purse split for the fight. I think that would have been more fitting given where he is right now with his boxing career compared to Pacquiao. Mayweather is clearly the A-side in the negotiations.
50 Cent is just spouting his opinion just like everyone else. There are a lot of boxing fans who have strong views on the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight that go either way, but it means little because the only way to find out who the better fighter is to get them inside the ring so that they can show what they can do.
I do know that a lot of fans feel that Mayweather is going to box the 36-year-old Pacquiao out of his socks on May 2nd if this fight can get made, and it’s hard to ignore those fans. Mayweather never loses rounds except when he’s trying to figure out his opponents out in the early parts of his fights.
Once Mayweather adapts to what his opponents are doing in the ring, the fight goes into a shutdown mode with Mayweather putting on a clinic. If Pacquiao can’t score a knockout win over Mayweather then this fight is pretty much going to be one-sided in my view.
Pacquiao has to knock Mayweather if he wants to get the victory, because he’s too short with too limited of a reach for him to be able to win more than two or three rounds. In addition to that, Pacquiao leaves himself open too frequently in his fights, and that’s not the way you want to be against a star counter puncher like Mayweather.
The Mayweather-Pacquiao fight will be like Mayweather being in a candy store in being able to pick Pacquiao apart to take advantage of his sloppy fighting style. If a guy like Juan Manuel Marquez was able to take advantage of Pacquiao’s sloppy, unprofessional fighting style in their four fights, then Mayweather will certainly be able to do the same thing but do a much better job of it than Marquez.
We saw what Marquez did to Pacquiao in their four fights, as he dominated the Filipino star and arguably won all four fights despite getting the short end of the stick with some very, very questionable judging in the first three fights.