By Dexter Reyes
I’ve always predicted that if Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. ever stepped into the boxing ring and fought, Mayweather would win hands down.
I don’t even think Manny Pacquiao has a shot after looking at his last few fights. You would have to be blind not to notice the decline of the Pacman’s physical attributes in speed and power. I would have thought that Mayweather would be so eager to fight Pac and jump into his Bentley with his manager drive to Top Rank’s offices make the fight on fair terms and whoop Pacquiao and call it a day.
Floyd Mayweather did call out Manny on his social networking sites, and gave an interview saying he wanted to fight Manny Pacquiao, but “Talk is Cheap,” he seems to have done a lot of talking but not much in giving realistic terms for a fight with the Pacman.
I can’t really side with Floyd here. I think to be fair, Floyd should have given a 50-50 split in revenue to Pacquiao and even if he chose to fight Miguel Cotto on May 5th as a tune-up fight he should have tried to get a contractual agreement solidifying a Manny Pacquiao fight for November or whatever date was most reasonable. Why wouldn’t Floyd budge on anything? If Manny Pacquiao agreed to his blood testing protocol, the venue, the fight date, than the least Floyd could do was to give a fair split since both of these guys are big draws. From what I read Floyd didn’t even want to split any of the PPV share with Pacquiao and only gave him a flat fee of $40 million.
Remember, when Mayweather was asked what will it take to make the Pacquiao fight, Floyd said all it will take is if he agrees to “Take the Test”, now that Manny agreed it isn’t good enough for Floyd and he came up with some more obstacles.
I am beginning to think that the boxing fans, including myself, have more confidence in Floyd Mayweather than he has in himself, because he is really making this fight difficult to make. Maybe, Floyd still sees something in Pacquiao that is making him hesitant on fighting him, even after Juan Manuel Marquez basically out boxed him. After all, no one knows himself better than the actual person, so Floyd might know the style that gives him trouble even though the fans think he destroys Pacquiao.
Mayweather vs. Cotto is years too late. I know a lot of the Mayweather fans are saying that Floyd has no other options because Pacquiao ducked him, but when you are out of options that should tell you something, fight Manny Pacquiao! The reasons they are giving are also embarrassing, they are saying that the fight is good because Floyd will fight Miguel Cotto at 154, but a 154-pound Cotto is not a prime Cotto, to me he was better years ago at 140-147 than he is at 154 and after all the beatings he took, I don’t know what’s left. The Cotto fight is bad because if an arrogant guy like Mayweather loses to a guy who he said was damaged goods, it would make him the laughing stock of boxing.
If Manny Pacquiao fights Timothy Bradley, this is the first time I will have to say that Pacquiao is actually taking on a young, dangerous, prime, top level fighter. Pacquiao vs. Bradley is actually a more dangerous fight for Manny than Cotto is for Floyd.
If I had to order one of these fights, I will skip Floyd Mayweather vs. Miguel Cotto and order Manny Pacquiao vs. Timothy Bradley, because at least Bradley has a realistic shot in pulling off the upset.
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