By Charlie Knoxville
On paper Floyd “Money” Mayweather should be the favorite to defeat Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao. But just because Floyd is picked to win by many boxing writers or fans, doesn’t always mean he will win. It seems that his fans and many boxing analysts have more confidence in Floyd Mayweather than he has in himself.
When someone accuses you or suspects that you are doing steroids it means you are doing something great or achieving amazing awe-inspiring feats in sports. By this acknowledgement, Floyd Mayweather and his family are already admitting that Manny Pacquiao is a threat and what he is doing is something extraordinary.
I agree that Floyd Mayweather is crafty and very good defensively, but he lacks the confidence to face dangerous opponents in their prime. Ever since he was given fame by defeating Oscar De La Hoya, Floyd took the sport hostage, he fights every 16 months and waits for the right opponents to fight, he will only choose an opponent that he knows he can beat or make sure he has advantages in his favor.
In his last fight with Victor Ortiz, many people were saying that Floyd was easily beating up on Ortiz and he would have eventually stopped him if their was no legal sucker punch KO or headbutt controversy. I saw it differently. I saw a Floyd Mayweather who was actually showing some nervousness every time he went to his corner. Floyd was in with an opponent that he handpicked but didn’t realize he would give him such a difficult time in the ring. Even though Floyd was landing the right hand, Victor was making Floyd miss a lot, and right before the headbutt in the 4th round, Victor landed a good combination on Floyd before resorting to an illegal headbutt.
The reason why Victor threw those headbutts was because his trainer Danny Garcia had told him if Floyd fights you dirty you have to fight him dirty back, they were worried about Floyd’s elbows, and if you watch the fight closely Floyd was throwing the elbows or using them a lot, and Victor would use his head in retaliation. If I were a trainer, I wouldn’t give that type of advice to my fighter because two wrongs don’t make a right and we saw what happened when Victor Ortiz played dirty, he got hit back when he wasn’t looking and knocked out.
You can sense fear in Floyd Mayweather anytime Pacman is being mentioned around him. If Pacquiao was so easy to beat why wouldn’t Floyd fight him already for the biggest payday in boxing history? Bob Arum already said that the Pacman has agreed to the Olympic style blood testing demands, so what’s the hold up? The reason is simple, he still sees Manny Pacquiao as a threat and is waiting to see if Manny slows down a bit before fighting him.
Manny Pacquiao is like a lion or a game bred pit bull, he sees fear in Mayweather and can’t wait to tear him up. Manny knows Floyd is scared of him, because Floyd’s demeanor shows fear. Floyd gets irritated and throws temper tantrums anytime someone asks him about Pacquiao because he is scared and doesn’t want to be forced into a fight he can lose, but when Manny is asked about Floyd he laughs says sure he will fight Mayweather and shows no emotion at all.
Floyd doubts himself, he may not say it out loud, but deep inside he is unsure of his chances against Pacquiao, this is why the fight has never happened because Floyd lacks the self-confidence in his abilities to beat up a prime Manny Pacquiao. All blame goes to Floyd Mayweather and nobody else, remember, Floyd said it, he is his own boss and he chooses when and who he wants to fight, so he deserves all the credit for the Pacquiao fight not happening. Sorry to sound bias but it’s what I and many other people feel is the truth.
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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.