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Sunday, March 7, 2010

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Floyd Mayweather Jr even with his undefeated record and his titles has all but killed his legacy. It's been a self inflicted death blow. Many of his detractors do not like his swagger. Many do not like his cocky ways and his eagerness to flash his money around. This behavior has not won Floyd many fans. Has Floyd done some good things for his community? Perhaps, but if so not many people have heard about it.

Floyd's detractors will quickly dismiss his accomplishments in the ring accusing him of cherry picking smaller opponents. For those who dislike Floyd, his undefeated record does not hold water. Is Floyd Mayweather a talented prize fighter? Yes, one would have to say that he is. Even for those who dislike him, they would be foolish to dismiss Floyd's talent inside of the boxing ring. Of course most do not like Floyd's style. Floyd is a defensive fighter with the ability to counter and time his opponents.

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When you compare Floyd's resume with Manny Pacquiao's resume, you will quickly see which man has fought the more dangerous of opponents. Clearly Manny Pacquiao has stepped up and has taken on all comers. This same thing cannot be said for Floyd Mayweather Jr. Pacquiao has cleaned house in seven different divisions. In doing so, he's wiped out legends.

With the recent steroid allegations launched by team Mayweather at Manny Pacquiao, a firestorm ensued and a PR nightmare followed. Mayweather's already damaged reputation took a much worse hit. A lawsuit filed by Manny Pacquiao for being slandered by the Mayweather's was the final nail in the coffin. Previous to all of this, Mayweather created his own rules and demanded that Manny be subjected to random blood testing. Not one commission in the country demands such testing. This created even more anger and further damage to Floyd's legacy as a result.

Mississippians that I have spoken to at the local sports bars in Jackson all have concerns with Floyd's behaviors. I found a few of Floyd's fans at the "Time Out Lounge" in Jackson, MS and got their thoughts. Kevin Spivey, a Floyd fan respects Floyd's inside the ring work, but not his outside of the ring work, " Floyd has mad talent inside of the ring. I just wish that he would be as good outside of the ring as he is inside of it. He doesn't need to be throwing his money around like he does. People know that he has money, we don't need it thrown in our faces."

Jason Fowler of Ridgeland, MS also is a Mayweather fan, and he too dislikes Floyd's arrogance. Fowler also wishes that Floyd would be as good outside of the ring as he is inside of it, "I love to watch Floyd fight. He is a defensive minded master, and he can counter punch with the best of them. I just wish that he would close his mouth more. Nobody likes a trash talker, and nobody likes arrogance."

So with the Mayweather/Pacquiao fight being scratched, both men moved forward. Pacquiao will take on Joshua Clottey on March 13th. Mayweather takes on a dangerous Shane Mosley. If Floyd loses to Shane Mosley, stand by for a new wave of hate. This is a must win for Floyd Mayweather Jr.

Mayweather's reputation has taken a real beating over the past few years. His legacy will pay a price, but the question is....Does Floyd even care about his legacy? Some say that he does not. Some say that Floyd is all about the money, and none about the legacy.

The history books will record accordingly.

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