Will Floyd Mayweather Finally Get Respect If He Beats Manny Pacquiao?

By Chevy Jackson

Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao held their media workouts this week in front of hundreds of reporters, and both events were live streamed online for fight fans to see.

I watched both of these media workout events for Mayweather vs. Pacquiao and what I took away from this was that one fighter was more serious and focused than the other. Mayweather was zoned in while Pacquiao barely did a few minutes of weak punch mitts with Freddie Roach, looking old an slow on them.

The Mayweather we are used to seeing is the brash and confident one, who trash talks his opponent but this one was a more serious and focused one showing his opponent nothing but respect. Pacquiao and his trainer Freddie Roach seem to be taking Mayweather lightly, taking days off from sparring, goofing around and giggling like they are going to put a whooping on the best defensive fighter of our time.

I strongly believe Team Pacquiao knows they are going to lose the fight and is just accepting his fate before hand. When a reporter asked Manny if he was going to continue fighting or retire after this fight, he hinted at retirement. From Pacquiao’s demeanor and his history of money woes he looks to be content with landing the biggest paycheck of his career and could care less if he wins or loses.

You have to understand that Pacquiao really has no shot against Mayweather in terms of boxing ability the two are in different leagues. The Pacquiao from 2009-2010 would’ve given Mayweather a tougher fight, this older and slower version really needs a miracle to win.

Mayweather’s media day showed a display of how impressive he is heading into this fight. He is hitting harder, training harder and from the talk around town beating up sparring partners like never before. He was all business on media day and showed nothing but respect for his opponent. I wrote a couple articles one suggesting that Juan Manuel Marquez could knockout Pacquiao because his iron chin is a myth, and posted videos of his past KO losses to prove this (The Myth of Manny Pacquiao’s Iron Chin and Why Marquez Can Knock Him Out) and another article saying Mayweather didn’t want to fight Pacquiao because he didn’t want to hurt him and respected him (Mayweather hasn’t fought Pacquiao because he doesn’t want to hurt him).

The reality is Mayweather wasn’t forced into this fight, he just didn’t want  to beat up someone he respects in Manny Pacquiao. I don’t see an ounce of fear in Mayweather’s face. The only person who seems nervous and unsure is Freddie Roach, he is talking so much trash because he has no game plan to crack the MayVinci code,  he is desperate and his only hope is to get into Floyd’s head with insults. Roach knows the truth will come out that Pacquiao, his greatest pupil, will be no match for Mayweather on May 2.

When they step into the squared circle don’t expect much of a fight from Manny Pacquiao, just expect a showcase of just how amazing Floyd Mayweather’s skills are. The performance will be comparable to an artist painting a masterpiece, he will paint Pacquiao’s face with jabs and straight right hands, and just like an artist, he won’t receive admiration until after he is gone and retired from his craft.

I know casual fans will order the fight in hopes of seeing Pacquiao pull off the upset against Mayweather, but the likelihood of that happening is very slim, instead order the fight to witness and respect Mayweather at his finest hour, so you can tell your grand children that you saw one of the greatest boxers of all time fight live.

Anything can happen in boxing and there is always that small chance Floyd can lose against Manny, but if Mayweather wins, which is likely, will the naysayers finally give him credit or will they continue to find excuses to disrespect and discredit the legendary boxing artist?

  • johnhender

    This article is a piece of crap. This is worse than Chris Williams article for boxing 24 and that is saying a lot

    • cary simmons


  • Gerard Kelly

    Lol..what a ridicule article. Can you explain why Mayweather said when asked about fighting Pacquaio by a radio commentator that he has worked to hard to keep his undefeated record to risk it fighting Pacquaio, why he said his health is more important, why he failed to fight Pacquaio when he agreed to ANY terms 5 years ago, I might be a coward but I am a rich coward, he has chucked tantrums and thrown phones across his room when asked about Pacquaip by Journalists..the guy was so afraid it was funny. Now he has USADA in his pocket, Angel Heredia in his corner a known PEDs expert and cheat to help him the same guy that helped Marquez gain more power and size at 39 then he has ever had so no Floyd will not get respect as he is a total fake and Al Haymon is a corrupt Ahole.

    • cary simmons

      Pacquiao is the one who pulled out of the March 2010 fight, NOT Mayweather idiot.

    • cary simmons

      While many have speculated as to whether or not Manny Pacquiao has truly conceded to all of Floyd Mayweather’s terms, his adviser, Michael Koncz, recently confirmed that they have not agreed to the random blood and urine drug tests that Mayweather wants prior to all of his fights. “Yeah, well we agreed to, in the past, random testing as long as when we get tested, he gets tested, up to 14 days,” Koncz revealed in an interview with FightHype’s own Ben Thompson, making it clear that they’re still asking for a cut-off date some time during the weeks prior to the bout. “We’re not going to test on the day of the fight. I’m not going to sit here and tell you yes, we’ll agree to do tests that day or not, but What we’ve done in the past, we’ve agreed to give blood immediately after the fight, but then the problem is the commission told us that they won’t do that because it’s not sterile in the dressing rooms. Will we give blood 5 days, 7 days before the fight? You know, that’s something I have to talk to Manny about, but we have nothing to hide. I certainly can tell you we will not give any type of blood on the day of the fight,” Koncz continued.

  • cary simmons

    Floyd Mayweather Jr., The Pound 4 Pound King.
    Floyd agreed to all of Manny Pacquiao’s demands from glove size, ring size, weight limit, 50-50 purse split and even agreed to Pacquiao’s $10 million dollar fine for every pound Mayweather weighs beyond the welterweight limit. All Mayweather asked for was Olympic style drug testing and that it had to be random, Pacquiao couldn’t give Mayweather that one stipulation and the fight was called off. People wrongfully accuse Mayweather of being a diva or wanting all the favors, but he bowed down to every single one of Manny Pacquiao’s requests, but Manny couldn’t even give Floyd one. There are only two reasons why someone wouldn’t comply to the tests, one; they are guilty or have something to hide, two; they are scared.