By Superstar Billy Graham
The bomb has dropped on the Floyd Mayweather fans. Floyd Mayweather Jr. has again, ditched his loyal fans by retiring, again, for the 3rd time. It is not even a year since his fight with Marquez, Floyd decides he needs time to rest, retire, and not think about boxing. At the ripe old age of 33 years. In a matter of 5 years, Floyd has retired 3 times. How many times has Manny Pacquiao retired since turning pro? Just subtract 3 from the times Floyd has retired. Let’s go back a few months before and right after Floyd Jr’s fight with Shane Mosley, “If Manny Pacquiao wants to fight me, I mean it is not hard to find me.”, “Manny Pacquiao take the blood and urine test, WE CAN MAKE THE FIGHT HAPPEN.” Well apparently now Manny Pacquiao has loosened his stance on the drug testing and called in my opinion, Floyd’s bluff. And Floyd was caught with only a king high to Manny’s pair of aces. Many boxing analyst believed this was a ploy by Floyd Mayweather to use blood testing as a way to back out the fight with Manny Pacquiao. He knew Manny wouldn’t agree blood testing too close to the fight. And that eventually led the failure of the first negotiation.
After Floyd’s fight with Shane, negotiations immediately started to get the ball rolling so this mega fight will finally happen. There was a gag order in place to both parties. To not comment on the ongoing negotiation. They didn’t want anything to derail this fight from happening. But somewhere in between the negotiation Golden Boy and Mayweather Promotion head, Leonard Ellerbe, clearly stated there has been no negotiations between the two parties. Who is lying? Or more accurately who is purposely lying? Now we heard from both Arum and HBO’s Ross Greenburg there has been negotiation between Golden Boy Promotion and Top Rank, Greenburg being the go to between guy. While Golden Boy and the Mayweather camp denying there was any negotiation between the two parties. HBO Sports head Ross Greenburg stand by his word there was negotiation between the two parties, mainly involving Golden Boy Promotions, Al Haymon, and Top Rank’s head bossman Bob Arum. Now Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer and Mayweather Promotions head Leonard Ellerbe continue to deny there was any negotiation even going as far accusing HBO Ross Greenburg of lying. It seems like Mayweather camp has a habit of accusing people of being underhanded. Why would Ross Greenburg lie? With the Mayweathers and Golden Boy, they have all the reason to lie. To cover their ass. Oscar De La Hoya already made it known to everyone while on a Spanish TV show the negotiation between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao is going very well. This is what Oscar De La Hoya had to say:
“Up until now, it’s been a very difficult negotiation process for various reasons, but right now we’re very close. We’re very close in finalizing the contracts that were once very complicated. The two fighters now realize that this fight must be made. It has to be made because the boxing fans want to see it happen and right now it’s the biggest fight that can be made in the world. It’s going to be a big, big fight. I think right now we are very, very close in finalizing the contracts. I can’t talk right now in detail about the negotiations, but I will say that we are very close.”
Oscar later retracted that statement and gave an excuse because people were asking him the same question over and over, and simply said “yeah, yeah, the fight will happen”. The Superstar knows Oscar’s excuse is a bunch of bull, because Oscar’s explanation of this fight has to happen was very detailed and it was not a simple “yeah yeah”. Golden Boy and the Mayweathers are now trying to put their own angle to save face. And it is not fooling everyone, except fervent Floyd Mayweather fans.
After hearing all this, many Floyd fans are offering Floyd Jr excuses. Some have said Floyd backing out was due to his Uncle Roger’s pending court situation. But The Superstar will go back and listen to what Floyd said earlier, “Manny Pacquiao take the blood and urine test, we can make th fight happen.” Floyd already knew Uncle Roger’s situation, and he still has his father Floyd Sr and Uncle Jeff to train him. Right now, Roger’s situation is bleak. Bottomline, Floyd should have had a contingency plan to fight Manny by hiring another top trainer. After all, Floyd has the financial resource to hire a top trainer, he is “Philthy Rich”. And he still has his father Floyd Sr and Uncle Jeff. The show must go on . Boxing waits for nobody.
Another excuse from Floyd fans, they say Floyd doesn’t need to waste his time fighting Manny Pacquiao and to just take it easy. Now Floyd fans are giving Floyd the OK to duck Manny Pacquiao. We heard them crying and accusing Manny of ducking Floyd, we know it is a load of crap. Manny doesn’t duck or dodge anyone. Manny signed the dotted line and Floyd refuses to sign. Floyd must fight now, not when Manny Pacquiao becomes the President of the Philippines. Again, boxing waits for nobody.
The Superstar will never figure out Floyd Mayweather fans. The Superstar can definitely say they will stick with him despite all the lies and contradictions. When Floyd said “take the blood test and urine test, we can make this fight happen.” and backed out, Floyd fans still stuck with Floyd. It was barely a month after the fight with Shane Mosley, Floyd made his announcement he will retire from boxing and take a couple of years off. And this was during the midst of the negotiation for their fight on November 13th. Despite with all the lies, Floyd fans continue to stick with Floyd. Maybe it is all about pride. If they actually accepted the truth about Floyd’s true intentions, they are facing embarrassment and a letdown of epic proportion courtesy of Floyd Mayweather Jr. And that is too much for any Floyd fan to stomach.
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