By Reynaldo G
This is in response to Lou “Cinder” Block’s article “Move Over Pacman, King Mayweather Wants His Throne Back!” . First off, I am of Puerto Rican decent and not a Filipino, I also sent in an article before “A fight fan’s view of Cotto vs. Pacquiao”. Now, Lou you are entitled to your own opinion, but you must remember styles make fights. Just because Juan Manuel Marquez had done well against Manny Paquiao in 2 close fights, does not mean Mayweather Jr. will have an easy time with Manny Pacquiao or does it put him above Manny on the pound for pound list in my eyes.
These are my following reasons why Floyd Mayweather Jr. is not pound for pound king. Floyd Mayweather Jr. comes out of retirement, picks Marquez who is a blown up featherweight, disrespects Marquez and boxing by not even making the weight on the scales and beats up on a smaller man who showed his age and was slower with the extra weight. Floyd had an option and could of fought Shane Mosley, Mosley was available and ready to go, Mosley is also a true welterweight and a champion who just beat Antonio Margarito for the title. Mayweather claims he fought Marquez because Marquez called him out, but yet he didn’t fight Mosley even though Mosley was more vocal and has called Mayweather out on numerous occasions. He is cherry picking his fights to stay on top, while laughing his way to the bank. Bob Arum was correct in saying Floyd Mayweather Jr. is scared to lose and cannot handle the thought of losing. Manny Pacquiao on the other hand is not afraid to lose and is taking on a far more dangerous opponent in Miguel Cotto a man who has proven to have superior timing against faster opponents and will be a good size bigger than Pacquiao come fight night.
If Floyd Mayweather’s victory over Marquez makes him greater than Pacquiao, what about when the heavy underdog in Manny Pacquiao destroyed Oscar De La Hoya in 9 rounds, while Floyd went 12 rounds in a split decision win? Or how it took Floyd Mayweather Jr. more rounds to beat Hatton and it took Pacquiao only 2? I say Pacman’s feats are far more impressive given his style and his willingness to fight to win and not to protect his record.
There is no denying that Floyd Mayweather Jr. is one of the most scientific boxers of all time but he needs to fight guys who are in his weight class and guys who can challenge him. For now the King is Manny Pacquiao.