By Freddy Fresco
We’ve seen Floyd Mayweather Jr. announce to the world, “Manny Pacquiao, Yes, You’re next!,” but the question remains will Floyd Mayweather Jr. still fight Manny Pacquiao if he struggles in a hard fought victory over Victor Ortiz or will he continue his ducking act?
I believe Floyd Mayweather will officially retire if he beats Victor Ortiz in a very tough battle. I don’t think Floyd will ever step in the ring with a prime Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao, and if he struggles with an aggressive southpaw like Victor Ortiz on September 17th, he sure won’t think about stepping in the ring with the Pacman. The main reason is his health, Floyd cares more about his health and being undefeated, and, if he gets roughed up or knocked down in the fight with Victor Ortiz, he will know that Manny Pacquiao would be too much for him to handle.
This fight with Ortiz is a way for Mayweather to test himself and see if he can handle the Pacman. Victor Ortiz is a heavy handed southpaw with a lot of aggression. If Floyd can weather the storm and out box Ortiz to a decision without taking much punishment, he will feel more confident in fighting Pacquiao, but he will only take the fight with Pacquiao after another one year vacation and if Manny Pacquiao struggles with Juan Manuel Marquez on November 12th. Floyd has to really make sure he can beat the Pacman and the only way to secure a victory is if Pacman’s speed and stamina deteriorates and he is on the decline.
Floyd Mayweather Jr. won’t even fight Manny Pacquiao’s leftovers, Joshua Clottey, Antonio Margarito or Miguel Cotto. All three of those guys would give Floyd Mayweather a tough fight, and Floyd avoided Antonio Margarito because he reminded him of a bigger version of Jose Luis Castillo, the man who really beat Floyd Mayweather in their first fight, but was robbed.
Antonio Margarito challenges Floyd Mayweather to his face
If Floyd Mayweather loses to Victor Ortiz, his legacy will go down the toilet, he will be exposed as a ducker and a loud mouth fraud. It would have been a more noble defeat if Floyd lost to Manny Pacquiao, since Manny is considered an all time great, instead of an inexperienced fighter like Ortiz.
In the history books, Floyd will be known as the guy who ducked Manny Pacquiao and lost to Victor Ortiz. This is why Floyd has to really beat Victor Ortiz in impressive fashion and fight Manny Pacquiao next or else he will be ridiculed for the rest of his life as the big mouth, who got his butt whopped by a guy he cherry picked and ducked Manny Pacquiao.
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