Boxing champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. gave his first full interview after his summer jail sentence. Once again Mayweather has shown he has zero interest to ever fight Manny Pacquiao, in what would surely be the biggest boxing event in ring history, as he has schemed his latest excuse to avoid the Filippino Destroyer…he’s “not focused on fighting, my mind is on Mayweather Promotions.”
Mayweather has been in full throttle duck-and-dodge-Manny-Pacquiao-mode, despite a series of lies, excuses, alibis, deceptions, faked retirements, and roadblocks, since October of 2009, when he was confronted during a live TV interview with a female anchor on Bloomberg News.
Excerpt of that interview:
Mayweather: ”Manny Pacquiao is absolutely a good fighter. He’s a good fighter.”
Dissatisfied with that evasive answer, the female anchor pressed Floyd for more: “So are you going to fight him?”
Mayweather: ”We take one day at a time. I can’t say. The thing about Floyd Mayweather is he’s his own boss. And Manny Pacquiao has a boss. And so it’s gonna be hard to negotiate that fight. But hopefully we can get it done. But we’ll see.”
With her woman’s intuition sensing a bonafide boxing coward in her presence, the female Bloomberg anchor pressed Floyd again: ”What would you need to see then to make it happen?”
Mayweather put a smile on his face and tried again to dodge the persistent Pacquiao questioning: ”It takes a lot of things. It takes a lot of things to make a fight of that magnitude happen. People – we must see eye to eye. And look at things on certain terms. To get the fight done.”
(By the way, this interview was a month prior to Pacquiao’s sensational, frightening KO win over Miguel Cotto.)
Now in 2012, Mayweather has his newest excuse to avoid Pacquiao – he’s focused on building his promotional company – which contradicts what he said earlier this year – that he wants to fight five or six more times in his career and that he was planning to fight in November after jail.
Perhaps those plans have gone awry because HBO and/or the powers-that-be of boxing have been pressuring Mayweather, behind closed doors, to commit to facing Pacquiao, which Mayweather presumably sees as a suicidal option, despite the enormous payday he would profit despite potentially getting brutally knocked out to the point that he ends up in a health condition similar to Ali, as he admitted to Bob Costas on national TV earlier this year.
Pacquiao, always sincerely trying to make the fight with Floyd, recently expressed that he wanted Mayweather “next” and there were reports that some discussions were taking place between the two camps. But Mayweather, of course, opted out, to focus instead, he says, on promoting the likes of Billy Dib, Gamboa, Andre Dirrell, Ishe Smith and J’Leon Love, Celestino Caballero, none of which are close to achieving superstardom.
As a result of Mayweather’s latest fake retirement or break, Pacquiao just scheduled a December date to face Juan Manuel Marquez in Las Vegas, the fourth meeting between the two future Hall of Famers.
Now that Mayweather will not even mention fighting Manny Pacqiao in his latest interview, when the fight is perfectly set up to take place in early 2013, it is the latest clear indication that he does not want the fight, and actually never did want to face the electrifying left-handed buzzsaw.
Mayweather, the biggest trash talker in pro sports, is now even taking the high road when it comes to talking ****, which was previously one of his favorite activities. To fighthype, Mayweather actually said, “I’m not here to talk negatively about anything, if I don’t have nothing positive to say, then I won’t say nothing at all.”
That’s sounds all good by Floyd, but he already spent over two years defaming, slandering and denigrating the globally beloved Pacquiao, far nastier than what Muhammad Ali did to Joe Frazier. Now that it’s time to back up the big talk and fight Pacquiao, the superfight all the world has been clamoring for, the one-time roaring loudmouth is now quiet as a church mouse.
Mayweather talked the talk but when it came time to walk the walk, he came up lame.
This latest scheme of Mayweather is rather clear though. Guided by his survival instincts, Mayweather knows he must wait out the Pacquiao storm just a little bit longer, and keep hoping Pacquiao either loses to Marquez or retires from the ring to pursue politics and other business and entertainment endeavors.
Then, Mayweather would be free again to call all the shots and handpick opponents he is 100% sure he knows he can handle. But will the boxing powers-that-be and the paying customers be interested to invest in and pay premium dollars to see the greatest ducking dodger in the history of professional boxing? Don’t count on it.
Nobody likes a coward. Or a “rich coward.”