Monday, March 8, 2010
Mayweather vs Mosley
New England Boxing Examiner | Peter Czymbor
Floyd Mayweather has created headlines throughout the Filipino boxing media the past week for ignoring them. Reportedly, Mayweather refused to speak with the Filipino media last week while on a press tour promoting his fight with Shane Mosley.
Why? Because he doesn't want to talk about Manny Pacquiao.
While Mayweather did take the time to chat with several American media outlets one on one last week, he didn't seem to care to talk about Pacquiao too much.
On ESPN's Sportcenter he was asked if he'd be watching Pacquiao vs. Clottey? To which Mayweather responded by saying he would be in the ring watching himself fight Mosley.
Realizing Mayweather was avoiding the question, the interviewed asked him to, "just say Pacquiao".
"Mosley", Mayweather replied.
He's ducking and dodging the question the same way he ducks and dodges punches in the ring. And he sure doesn't want to be bombarded by the Filipino media with Pacquiao questions.
Remember, Floyd didn't do prefight sit down interviews with the HBO commentating team prior to his fight with Juan Manuel Marquez and then beefed with Max Kellerman during the postfight interview. He doesn't mind having an adversarial relationship with the press.
The only real way these questions will end is if Pacquiao loses to Clottey this Saturday. While that's not likely, it's not impossible as some in the mainstream media have led people to believe. Clottey is a very capable fighter.
Otherwise, the Pacquiao questions will only get louder next week and Mayweather will be forced to speak the name of the man everyone wants to see him fight.