By John F. McKenna (McJack)
Even though Filipino icon WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao (54-3-2, 38 KO’s) is not the opponent he will face as his next opponent on May 5, undefeated superstar Floyd Mayweather Jr. (42-0, 26 KO’s) can’t resist taking shots at him.
Despite all the fanfare designed to hype his May 5 showdown at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas with WBA light middleweight champion Miguel Cotto (37-2, 30 KO’s) the focal point of the news conference at the Apollo Theater turned once again to Pacquiao. Floyd seems to be unwilling or unable to avoid talking about his number one rival and nemesis Manny Pacquiao.
In his latest attack on Manny, Mayweather was quoted in the nzherald.co.nz saying the following:
“Just by speaking to Pacquiao on the phone, I mean, he’s not one of the sharpest knives in the drawer.”
Speaking of himself in the third person Mayweather continued:
“He faces Floyd Mayweather, he’s not getting 50-50. Not at all. No one is getting 50-50.”
Mayweather apparently has settled upon a 50-50 split as just another excuse not to face Pacquiao in the squared circle. The truth of the matter is however that Mayweather was offered $50 million by the Pacquiao camp, plus a 55-45 split, with the winner getting the higher percentage.
“Money” Mayweather also likes to throw the drug testing issue around occasionally as if it were still an issue. The reality is that the drug testing issue was put to bed months ago, but Floyd still likes to throw that out there periodically and his fans eat it up.
Another issue that has come up is Mayweather’s insistence that Pacquiao drop Top Rank CEO Bob Arum before a fight can take place.
With all the excuses that Floyd has come up with, there is little doubt that if all his conditions are met he would come up with still more conditions to avoid fighting Pacquiao.
Many boxing observers including this writer give Mayweather a very good shot at outpointing Pacquiao. But evidently Floyd sees something in Pacquiao’s make up and style that he fears. In the final analysis, it appears that Mayweather values his “0” more than anything else, even if in the end it impacts his legacy as a fighter.
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