By Glenn Wilson
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There is still hope, so says anyone that is remotely close to the Floyd Mayweather or Manny Pacquiao camps. The hope that they speak of is the eventual showdown between Pacquiao and Mayweather.
The fight is supposed to be the latest, if it happens, bout that saves boxing. The last fight with that designation was the Floyd Mayweather-Oscar De La Hoya fight a few years ago. Of course any diehard boxing fan could have told you that nothing could have been farther from the truth. Us diehards never wanted to see that fight in the first place.
It was a fight between a part time, faded boxer and a fighter that has shown that perhaps wearing a cup in the ring isn’t neccessary. De La Hoya was forced to fight a fight he wasn’t accustomed to fighting, that as an aggressor. His flurries consisted of pitty pat shots that looked amateurish. The rounds that he fought his fight, working behind his jab, he easily won.
Mayweather is the king of the lie when it comes to prefight hype. The first HBO 24/7 showed Fraud telling anybody within earshot, how he would destroy and beat that m_____f_____. He went on to show why he is the king of no risks. Never attempting to engage De La Hoya. But we are now accustomed to this as Floyd has constantly proven that he talks smack a hundred times better than he smacks with his gloves.
Their first encounter was so classic that people couldn’t wait for the rematch, in case one is wondering that last line was what we call sarcasm. A rematch would have possibly killed the sport that didn’t need saving. Of course the media that know nothing about boxing thought otherwise.
And now the possibility of the Pacquiao-Mayweather fight happening later this year has people saying it could be the fight of the decade. One writer went so far as to say it could be the biggest fight of the last thirty years.
Excuse me, I thought I was either going to throw up or die laughing. The truth is that this fight could be the biggest “event” of the last few years. But the biggest fight? No way. In order to have a fight, you would need two willing combatants that are willing to give every ounce of their life’s being to survive and win. You obviously have one in Manny, but no risk Fraud? Please.
Mayweather has shown that his DNA is made up of 40% talk, 40% skill and 20% survival instincts. Even when he wins his fights border on boring. When he can end a fight because he is too skilled against his opponent, he refuses to take any chance. Therein lies the incredibly boring part of this supposedly great fighter.
Micky Ward-Arturo Gatti, Israel Vasquez-Rafael Marquez and Jose Luis Castillo-Diego Corrales were great fights. Those were great fights because each fighter refused to lose. The Pacquiao-Mayweather fight would merely be a big event.
So let us hope that the media that cares nothing about boxing doesn’t crown this possible future fight, the fight to save boxing part 2. Remember, it takes two to tango and as Floyd proved on Dancing With The Stars, he can’t dance.
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Glenn grew up in local boxing gyms and still worked out and sparred as recently as 2004.
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