By Don Donatello
Lately there has been nuthugging Mayweather fans accusing Manny Pacquiao of dodging certain fighters for his titles. They also accuse Manny Pacquiao of fighting opponents who’ve just lost their prior fights. It seems they have very selective amnesia when it comes to their missing hero, Floyd Mayweather Jr.
On January 7 of 2006, Zab Judah lost to Carlos Manuel Baldomir. Judah’s very next fight was against Floyd Mayweather for the IBF and vacant International Boxing Organization Welterweight Titles. On July 12 of 2003 DeMarcus Corley lost to Zab Judah, in Corley’s very next fight, he fought Floyd Mayweather in the WBC Light Welterweight Title Eliminator fight.
From August 21 of 1999 to May of 2005, Kostya Tszu ruled the Light Welterweight Division. He won the vacant WBC belt in 1999 by beating Miguel Angel Gonzales, added the WBA Super World Light Welterweight Title in February of 2001 by beating Sharmba Mitchell when Mitchell declared himself unable to fight in the 7th round, thus giving Tszyu an unlikely type of knockout. He added the IBF Light Welterweight Title in November 3rd of 2001 by knocking out Zab Judah in the second round.
In May 22 of 2004, Floyd Mayweather entered the Light Welterweight division. He could have taken on Kostya Tszyu. But uncle Roger must have remembered the lopsided beating that Kostya gave him in June 25th of 1995 and he steered Floyd away and fought DeMarcus Corley and Henry Bruseles in an eliminator tournament to win the vacated WBC Light Welterweight Title.
The nuthugger fans of Floyd Mayweather also said that Pacquiao keeps fighting opponents at catchweight while Floyd don’t. UNBELIEVEABLE!
Of course they forgot about Floyd making Juan Manuel Marquez come up 17 pounds to fight at Welterweight. At fight night Floyd refused to be weighed on the scale by HBO. During weigh in, Marquez came in at 142 and Floyd failed to make the contracted weight of 144 and weighed in at 146. At fight time, Floyd looked like he was about 15 pounds bigger than Marquez.
Of course there was no catchweight between Ricky Hatton and Floyd. Hatton was the Jr. Welterweight Champion and Floyd was the Welterweight Champion. Rather than fighting on a catchweight to make the fight on a, “level playing field,” like Floyd like to say, Hatton had move all the way up to 147 for the fight. Hatton did not reach the Welterweight limit and he weighed in at 145 and Floyd weighed in at 147.
It seems that fighting and outweighing smaller guys at Floyd’s natural weight has more validation than Pacquiao moving up and fighting guys that weigh 17 pounds more than him. But what do you expect, it’s a family of convicted drug dealers, women batterers, and crack addicts. They just can’t polish a turd no matter how hard they try. And that’s why Floyd doesn’t have the “endorsement deals” he cried about that Manny Pacquiao and Oscar De La Hoya have.
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