Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Mayweather vs Mosley
Pittsburgh Fight Sports Examiner | Scott Heritage
Another win for Pacquiao, and another critical review of his performance from Floyd Mayweather.
Obviously, being Pacman's biggest rival he was never going to be complimentary about his performance last week in Dallas. To say as he has though that Pacquiao was exposed, or that he would have won had he been in Clottey's place is a stretch.
His usual spiel was par for the course though, perhaps most offensively is his newest remarks regarding Pacquiao only being popular because he is an ethnic minority.
Speaking to CageReport, Mayweather commented:
"The only reason why he's popular is because he's an ethnic minority and from the Philippines so it's something special. If he was from Africa he would be just another boxer.”
Some will be quick to call Floyd racist here, but it seems to be bourne more of ignorance than actual hatred. He then brought up his clean up the sport campaign, which seems to be his go-to reference when someone asks him about the possible fight.
“The thing is I am just looking out for the good of the sport, everyone should compete on a fair level but he [Pacquiao ] doesn’t want that. I’m not going to say what he is or isn’t on but lets just say that HGH is one hell of a drug. The matter of the fact is I put the offer on the table and he declined ain’t no two ways about it, he doesn’t want anything to do with a true pound for pound fighter"
Despite the fact that Mayweather didn't seem all that impressed with Pacquiao's performance, there didn't seem to be much else Pacquiao could have done to make the fight with Clottey more interesting. A lot of times when Clottey's shots got through, it seemed that Pacquiao was leaving himself open purely to try to get Clottey to open up himself.
If it was a toe to toe battle he was looking for though, Clottey was not eager to engage. But would Mayweather really make much more of a similar situation than Clottey did?
Mayweather is undoubtedly a better fighter than Clottey, but he doesn't throw that much himself, and almost notoriously doesn't like getting hit.
If the fight with Pacquiao ever does happen, Mayweather will undoubtedly do better than Clottey, but the question is can he land enough to take the decision if Manny gets into his blistering rhythm.
Apparently Mayweather thinks his chances against Pacquiao improved after seeing the Clottey bout however:
"Personally, I think Pacquiao got exposed in that fight for being one-dimensional. You can have all [the] offence ability in the world but with no defense you’re not going to last long against a good counter puncher such as myself."
Perhaps he's forgetting that Clottey is an excellent counter puncher himself, and that he lacks the chin of Clottey to boot. He then delved further into the realms of fantasy when he came out with this gem to round out the interview:
"I think Pacquiao gave the fans a boring fight, he was punching his arms for all 12 rounds. At least when you watch Floyd Mayweather you know you’ll be seeing non-stop action for 30 minutes straight and that’s what you’ll see on May 1st “
Pacquiao is one of the most exciting fighters to watch in the entire sport who fought against an opponent who wasn't putting up much of a fight. Mayweather is an effective but boring fighter who occasionally fights against exciting opponents.
David Swanson, Pittsburgh PA: "I would almost like to see Mayweather fight Clottey just to see how it compared to Pacquiao. Mayweather and Clottey could throw ten punches per round each and neither would even break a sweat. In fact Mayweather would probably break his brittle little fists on Clottey's bolwing ball of a head"
Ricky Swelter, Pittsburgh PA: "Pacquiao is only popular because he's Filipino, and I suppose Mayweather is only hated because he's black. See what I did there?. Fans don't care where a fighter is from, they care about how they fight and how they act out of the ring. Floyd fights not to lose, and comes across as a shallow and jealous individual outside the ring as well. Pacquiao on the other hand fights his heart out every time"
Bernie Walker, Pittsburgh PA: "I think it was kind of an encouraging fight for Floyd. Pacquiao had no answer for Clottey's defense just like he won't for Mayweather's"