By Charlie Knoxville
If you haven’t watched the Bob Costas interview with Floyd Mayweather Jr., I will post the video below this article so you can view it, if you did watch it and you are unbiased you would walk away with all the answers you needed to know for why this Pacquiao vs. Mayweather super-fight hasn’t happened yet or will probably never happen.
I would suggest that anyone who defends Floyd Mayweather Jr. after that interview or repeats Mayweather’s words and takes their facts from any speculations that come out of Mayweather’s mouth not bother replying because it will make you look utterly pathetic trying to defend Floyd’s stance.
Mayweather Jr. is clearly worried that Manny Pacquiao is a legitimate threat to his health and well-being because his response when the subject of Manny Pacquiao came up was to speak about “self preservation” and his health and family. Whenever a fighter mentions such words they are signs that they see that opponent as a danger to their health. I used to be a huge Floyd Mayweather supporter, but when I came to think things through without letting emotions get to me, I realized that Floyd Mayweather Jr. never wanted to fight Manny Pacquiao or a prime Pacquiao at least and it was clear that he was taking us for a ride and using Pacquiao’s name to sell his fights. Floyd said all Pacquiao had to do was take the tests, well Pacman agreed to them and now Floyd came up with another roadblock, a roadblock that is so unrealistic and unfair that it is enough to halt a fight of this magnitude from happening, Floyd was unwilling to give Pacquiao a fair share in financial portions, Floyd didn’t just say no 50-50 split with Pacquiao, he said no share of any of the back end revenue which includes PPV, and live gate. Bob Costas asked the right questions and even held back a little, but knew he could tear apart any argument Floyd had. I have to give Bob Costas his props, he really did his research especially when he schooled Floyd Mayweather on NBA star Jeremy Lin, you could tell Floyd wanted to play the race card there, but Costas presented the reasons why Jeremy Lin’s story is so inspiring and it doesn’t only have to do with him being Asian as Floyd alluded to on his Twitter account.
As a boxing fan, how can anyone respect Floyd Mayweather Jr. after this interview? He said he doesn’t fight for fans or legacy, but the fans are the ones who made him rich buying his Pay-Per-Views. If I were a Mayweather fan I would be insulted after hearing that. We should have known all along that Floyd was never serious about fighting Pacquiao after he denied that teen boy with cancer from Make-A-Wish Foundation of his dream to see Mayweather vs. Pacquiao. Floyd is one selfish person, don’t take us for a ride anymore, if you are not going to fight Pacquiao than just say so. As fans, the best thing we can do is not put anymore money in his pocket and just watch the replay of his fight the following week.
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I am an avid fan of boxing and video games. My first fight of memory was watching Prince Naseem Hamed destroy Kevin Kelly. I enjoy all aspects of the sport. My favorite current boxer is Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao. My favorite boxing match is Diego Corrales vs. Jose Luis Castillo 1. I love watching boxing on Pay-Per-View more than being there live because you can really enjoy and watch the action from the best view.