By Charlie Knoxville
I want to keep this little rant as short as possible. I had an argument today with a die hard Floyd Mayweather Jr. fan and he keeps discrediting every little thing that Manny Pacquiao has accomplished in and out of the ring to make Floyd’s accomplishments look better.
He keeps telling everyone that they are haters, and it’s not healthy to hate on Floyd, and if you hate on Floyd you are just a jealous racist. But he keeps hating on Manny Pacquiao, it’s almost as if he believes he gets a pass making it okay to hate on Pacquiao, but not okay to criticize Mayweather.
I can’t take anyone like that seriously because they look foolish and hypocritical.
This same person told me that Manny Pacquiao was ducking Juan Manuel Marquez and said Manny should have fought Marquez instead of Shane Mosley, after Manny beats Mosley, Pacquiao signs to fight Juan Manuel Marquez and this same guy who said Pacquiao should have fight Marquez instead of Mosley, now says it’s a crappy, cherry picked fight and an unfair fight.
His main problem is the catch weight, it’s funny how such a die hard Floyd Mayweather fan was never complaining about Mayweather fighting Marquez at a catch weight of 144-pounds but now it’s a problem when a smaller Pacquiao fights him at 144? Let’s not forget Marquez is also an inch taller than Manny and started his career at a higher weight than him (Pacquiao started at 106-pounds, Marquez at 126-pounds).
He told me it wasn’t a “Fair” fight. I had to laugh and told him, “Manny fighting Marquez at 144-pounds is a fair fight, but, Floyd Mayweather Jr. fighting Marquez at 144 wasn’t a fair fight.”
He replied to me saying, “So how is Floyd fighting Marquez at 144 not fair but Manny fighting him is fair?”
I said, “Because Floyd Mayweather never made the weight, and Manny will make the weight.” Fighters who fail to make weight on the scale are scolded and ridiculed for it, it’s considered a sin in boxing to not make weight. It’s unprofessional and disrespectful, but for some reason Floyd Mayweather got a pass, and nobody seemed to complain about it.
Nobody should complain about the catch weight, unless you are the manager, the fighter, or the trainer, but Pacquiao haters should just stop crying over it. Only haters do that. Always bringing up a catch weight king comment like it means anything.
The fight is fair as long as both fighters equally agree to the terms. NOBODY PUT A GUN TO JUAN MANUEL MARQUEZ’S HEAD AND SAID HEY YOU HAVE NO CHOICE FIGHT ON THESE TERMS OR DIE! Juan Manuel Marquez and his team went over the contract felt it was fair and they agreed to it, so stop bitching about the 144-pound catch weight to discredit Manny if he wins.
Manny Pacquiao isn’t the only fighter to fight at catch weight’s but he seems to get the most flack for it. If Marquez says Pacquiao is smaller than Floyd and he is okay with the weight and the terms, and signed the contract, that should be good enough to show you it’s a FAIR fight. Now what Floyd Mayweather did was unfair, he failed to make the agreed upon weight, and put Marquez in a tough situation; if Marquez pulls out of the fight last minute people who paid tickets will hate him for it, but if he goes on with the fight, he will be fighting a guy much bigger than him with an unfair advantage. We all know how that went, Floyd looked like a middleweight compared to Marquez and jabbed him to a victory.
Imagine if Manny Pacquiao failed to make weight, all hell would break loose and the Mayweather fanboys would have a field day shredding him to bits and pieces, just like they did whenever Manny’s fights wind up boring, they blame Manny but not his opponents who are unwilling to engage and scared to get knocked out. Floyd fans calling another fighter boring is quite ironic, since Floyd Mayweather is one of the most boring fighters in the game.
For those people who keep bringing up the catch weight, stop being a broken record, it’s getting annoying. These are two grown men, who’ve negotiated a contract and agreed to terms. If either one of them did what Floyd Mayweather did and broke the rules and didn’t honor the terms, that would be an unfair fight. So until then, as long as Pacquiao and Marquez come into the ring at the correct weight on the contract, and don’t violate any of the terms, It’s a FAIR FIGHT.
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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.