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Friday, February 26, 2010

Pacquiao says Mayweather didn't want megafight

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5:07 PM, February 26, 2010 ι By GEORGE WILLIS

Manny Pacquiao says Floyd Mayweather Jr. wasn't ready to face him this spring and their disagreement over blood-testing procedures was just a smokescreen to get out of the proposed welterweight championship mega bout.

"What I believe is Floyd Mayweather is not ready for this time to fight with me," Pacquiao said during a conference call Friday. "That's why he made some reason to cancel the fight.

"I feel bad, I feel disappointment because he's accusing me of drugs or whatever and trying to ruin my name in boxing. People know that I always pray to God and (believe in) hard work."

Pacquiao and Mayweather had been negotiating on a March 13 bout in Las Vegas that might have been the richest in boxing history. But they reached an impasse over blood-testing procedures, with Mayweather wanting random Olympic-style testing by an independent agency. Pacquiao agreed to undergo three tests, including 21 days before the bout and the night of the bout, or have the Nevada Athletic Commission decide on a procedure.

When a compromise couldn't be reached, Pacquiao's promoter, Bob Arum of Top Rank, matched Pacquiao against former welterweight champion Joshua Clottey on March 13 at Cowboys Stadium.

"I didn't want to take a blood test right before the fight," Pacquiao said. "I want to have proper focus. It's a big disadvantage for me to take a blood test just before the fight."


Manny Pacquiao ‘Mayweather is not ready to face me; maybe he’s afraid of me’

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Sacramento Fight Sports Examiner | Rick Rockwell

Has Manny Pacquiao started to publicly fight back against the verbal onslaught from the Mayweathers? In a recent interview for the upcoming fight with Clottey, Pacquiao spoke about Floyd Mayweather Jr and why he thought the fight didn’t happen. Let’s examine the quotes from PacMan.

“What I believe is Floyd Mayweather is not ready for this time to face me. That’s why he makes up some reason to control the fight. I feel bad, I feel disappointment, because he’s accusing me of using drugs or whatever and he tries to ruin my name. People know that I always pray to God and do hard work. Maybe he’s afraid of me or maybe he’s afraid for this fight. I’m disappointed for what he’s accusing me and I really feel bad, Manny Pacquiao, Conference Call for Clottey fight

“What I believe is Floyd Mayweather is not ready for this time to face me”

Manny just echoed what many Floyd critics have been saying. They don’t think that Floyd was ready to really face Manny. They think that Floyd sabotaged these contract negotiations because he’s afraid.

“Maybe he’s afraid of me or maybe he’s afraid for this fight.”

There’s a large contingency of people who think Floyd is afraid to fight Manny. In fact, there are several other boxers that Floyd has “avoided” who also think that Floyd was afraid to fight them. Miguel Cotto has publicly questioned Floyd’s choices on past fighters and the fact that that Floyd wouldn’t fight him. Of course, we hade a decade of Shane Mosley saying Floyd was scared too.

Jason Larsen Sacramento, CA “Is this the best Manny can do for trash talking?”

Jason, Manny isn’t a trash talker. He lets his boxing do the talking. In fact, on the same conference call Manny commented on trash talking.

“Some fighters like me, we can be the greatest fighter without trash talk. His style is, you know, he’s talking a lot of trash talk to be known as Mayweather like that, to be known as champion, but it’s not a good example for everybody. We can not change that because we are different.” PacMan

Pete Nelson Sacramento, CA “Why do people say Floyd was scared to fight Manny?”

Floyd has developed a reputation for ducking fighters in the past. People think Floyd continued his ducking by accusing Manny of taking PEDs and then demanding a non-mandatory style of drug testing. Floyd has never made these accusations of Manny before yet the Mayweathers think Manny has been on PEDs for years.


I think the more Manny publicly combats Floyd’s actions and comments, the more positive it will be for Manny. As long as he doesn’t take a page out of Floyd’s “gum bumping” then Manny could really help his cause from a public image standpoint. In regards to these specific comments, I agree with Manny and the rest of the Floyd critics. I do think Floyd is scared to fight Manny and he did whatever he could to destroy these fight talks.


Floyd Mayweather-Shane Mosley tickets go on sale Tuesday, March 2nd

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Las Vegas Boxing Examiner | Chris Robinson

ne of the year’s most anticipated fights continues to creep closer as word recently hit that tickets for the May 1st Floyd Mayweather-Shane Mosley bout will be going on sale Tuesday, March 2nd. The bout takes place at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas and tickets will be going for $1250, $1000, $600, $300, and $150, not including service charges. The tickets go live to the public this coming Tuesday, March 2nd at 10 AM/PT.

In recent years the MGM Grand has played host to a myriad of world class events. Some of the fighters who have fought in the arena include pound for pound kind Manny Pacquiao, Oscar De La Hoya, Erik Morales, Bernard Hopkins, Miguel Cotto, Juan Manuel Marquez, Ricky Hatton, and countless others. The arena seats over 16,000 people and it will surely be jam packed come May 1st.

Fans looking to order can call Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000 or visit and


Floyd Mayweather's comments about Manny Pacquiao hit a new low

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Pittsburgh Fight Sports Examiner | Scott Heritage

Floyd Mayweather has been continuing to puzzle, amuse and offend boxing fans the world over with his comments about various other fighters for some time now.

Over the last few weeks much of Mayweather's attention has been focused on Manny Pacquiao, and the fight between the two that fell to pieces. Often breaking into speeches about the fight without provocation

As provocative and inflammatory as his previous comments have been though, particularly likening himself to the leaders of the civil rights movement, his latest comments are a new low for Floyd Mayweather.

Rather than just trying to hype up a fight or even take pound for pound king Manny Pacquiao down a peg or two, this time Floyd has insinuated that foreigners are more likely to lie to the American public than American citizens.

Over the course of the past few weeks, Mayweather has referred to Pacquiao as ordinary, a performance enhancing drug user, and claims he is the bigger star and that Pacquiao is scared of him. He went on to say that he deserved the better endorsement deals than Pacquiao, and claimed that Nike only paid the Filipino star $75000. He also compared his effort to clean up the sport to the civil rights leaders Malcolm X and Martin Luther King. Not only this but he has now also claimed Pacquiao is a liar because he is a foreigner, which certainly isn't going to win him any new fans.

Pacquiao isn't the only fighter Mayweather has cast his critical eye over lately either, future opponent Shane Mosley is the latest fighter Floyd has turned his contradictory remarks against. In various interviews he has portrayed Mosley as a C-class old man desperate to scrape together a few dollars because of his recent divorce. Then often in the same interview he calls Shane a future hall of famer and claims that beating him will elevate himself above Manny Pacquiao. Clearly Floyd doesn't know whether to hype up or verbally dismantle his opponents.

Martin Klein, Pittsburgh PA: "Does Floyd Mayweather have some sort of mental problems? He keeps talking in the third person and making more and more odd comments"

It's beginning to sound like it, or at the very least he should hire someone to help him with his public speaking. You would think someone in Mayweather's entourage would warn him about saying things that are offensive, especially with his track record for blunders.

Phil Shaw, Pittsburgh PA: "Does Mayweather think foreign fighters just lie to Americans or that every fighter will only be truthful to their own countrymen?"

I doubt he thought it through that deeply Phil, he seems more determined to ruin Pacquiao's reputation more than anything else. If that means he has to discredit all foreign fighters making a living in the United States, then so be it. It goes to show just how deeply he has been affected by Pacquiao and the thought of losing the pay day he would have made.

Daniel Silva, Sao Paulo, Brazil: "Floyd Mayweather is a disgace to the sport with his hurtful and ill conceived talking. When will he learn no one will ever like him so long as he keeps saying these things"

Bernie Walker, Pittsburgh PA: "Floyd is right about Pacquiao, he lied about his steroid use, lied about why he pulled out of the fight and refused the tests and Floyd deserves the fans to get behind him about it"


Floyd Mayweather Jr ‘Manny Pacquiao is nothing; He's just recently became somewhat of a name guy’

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Sacramento Fight Sports Examiner | Rick Rockwell

I’m beginning to think from this day forward we will be treated with daily comments from Floyd Mayweather Jr. In a recent interview, Floyd stepped up his intensity toward Manny Pacquiao with some harsh comments. Let’s examine these comments further.

“Manny Pacquiao is nothing. He's already got knocked out twice, lost to Erik Morales, and declined a $25 million dollar drug test. I think that says enough about Manny Pacquiao's character. I've been dominating this sport ever since I laced them up and he's just recently became somewhat of a name guy. When else in the sport of boxing have we ever seen a guy all of sudden get so big and dominant at this stage in their careers. Then, when we ask him to take a drug test, he refuses... somethin ain't right” FMJ,

“Manny Pacquiao is nothing. He's already got knocked out twice, lost to Erik Morales”

John Snyder Sacramento, CA “Does Mayweather think a fighter’s not good if they have lost a fight?”

Apparently, Floyd thinks that if you lose then you are nothing. I guess boxers like Marvin Hagler, Muhammad Ali, Joe Louis, Sugar Ray Leonard, and arguably the greatest boxer of all-time Sugar Ray Robinson are all nothing because they have suffered defeat. Just because Manny has lost 3 times doesn’t mean that he’s nothing or a cheater.

“declined a $25 million dollar drug test”

Wrong again Floyd. Manny didn’t decline a $25 million dollar drug test. He declined Floyd’s proposed timeline of taking blood. And, he gave a counter offer for a timeline of blood testing which Floyd declined. So, by Floyd’s logic, Floyd also declined a $25 million dollar drug test.

“just recently became somewhat of a name guy.”

More ignorant comments from Mayweather. Perhaps he should define what recent means to him. 5 years ago, Manny was already a multi-time champion in several different weight classes. 4 years ago, Manny was winning “pound for pound” titles and “fighter of the year” awards. Let’s also not forget that the Boxing Writers of American just voted him the fighter of the decade which means he had to be doing something for a lot longer than “recently”.

“all of sudden get so big and dominant at this stage in their careers”

David Stevens Sacramento, CA “How much weight has Manny put on in his career?”

David let me explain something to you, Floyd, and all of Floyd’s followers. Manny started out boxing when he was 16 years old and weighed 106 pounds. He’s 31 now and fights at 147 which is hard for him to even make because it’s hard for him get up that high in weight. Are you telling me that a person can’t put on 40 pounds in 15 years? I weighed 120 pounds when I was 16. 2 years ago when I was training for powerlifting I got up to 223 at age 31. Now, I am down to 190 pounds and about 9% body fat.

Now imagine the resources a professional athlete has at their disposal. The gyms, trainers, and nutritionists just to name a few. Are you telling me that these professionals can’t assist Manny in his transition up or down in weight as he has gotten older in life? I’ve been a personal trainer, health and fitness teacher, and a lifestyle coach for 8 years now and I can professionally tell Floyd and the rest of these critics that it’s not hard to go up and down in weight if you train and eat accordingly.

So, please Floyd and his critics quit implying that Manny is cheating because he has gained 40 pounds since he was 16 years old. If that’s the case then we are all cheating in life as we gain wanted or unwanted weight. Lastly, to save me time by not having to answer hundreds of emails, I don’t take steroids or HGH. I have never. If anyone would like to pay for my blood tests to prove it, then send me the money via paypal. I will head down to a lab that’s recommended by the state’s athletic commission and have them take my blood and urine. I will then post the results in an article for the whole world to see.


"I'm betting 5 million on myself to destroy Shane Mosley!"

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February 25, 2010

Breaking boxing's Lamari Jackson was recently able to speak with hall-of-fame bound, pound-for-pound boxing champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. Jackson spoke at length with the fighter known as "Money" regarding everything from money, cars, boxing, and his arch nemesis, Manny Pacquiao.

Breakingboxing presents the following extensive interview:

LJ: Floyd, thanks for taking the time to visit, the world's leading aggregator of boxing news on the globe.

FMJ: It's my pleasure to speak with breakingboxing. You guys do it like no other website out there giving the boxing fans exactly what they want and that's why I'm here. The one and only "Money" Mayweather baby.

LJ: Well Floyd, you have a busy week ahead of you being that the press tour for your fight with Shane Mosley is set to get started...

FMJ: (Cutting in) That's nothing. Shane Mosley is a C... maybe even a D class fighter. He's old and ready to get eliminated from the sport of boxing. You see Lamari, the sport of boxing needs real charisma, real flash, real people like myself. Shane Mosley is nothing and has made his name off of beating other old, washed-up guys like Ricardo Mayorga.

LJ: So you seem to think that Shane Mosley will be a pretty easy fight for you?

FMJ: Easy? This is gonna be like taking candy from a baby my man. I'm the best pound-for-pound fighter of all-time so for me to even struggle with a guy like Shane Mosley is just plain ridiculous. You see this... you gotta understand the sport of boxing. I am the sport of boxing.

LJ: I've listened to and have seen some other interviews you've conducted where you've spoken at length regarding your infatuation with gambling on sports. Tell the millions of readers here at about that aspect of your life.

FMJ: Gambling on sports is a cake walk for me. You see Lamari, you have to be smart to out-think all the guys you're betting against. You have to not only beat the bookies but you have to beat all the other big-time sports gamblers out there. I'm not talking about guys who bet a thousand or ten thousand dollars a game, I'm talking about the guys that are betting hundreds of thousands on games like myself. I've had days when I've lost alot but most of the time I come right back and win double what I've lost real quick like. This game is nothing to me really. I mean... I've got so much money betting a couple hundred grand on a college basketball game is just enough to get my competitive juices moving.

LJ: Wow! That sure is alot of money! Do you ever bet on your own sport?

FMJ: No... not really. There's not enough talent out there in my sport to bet on. Do you see how horrible the heavyweight division is today? Would you ever even think of betting on that garbage? You seem like a smart guy Lamari so I doubt it. We'll see... I might bet a couple million on myself to beat Mosley. It'd be the easiest money to make. Yeah... in fact, I think I will bet a cool $5 million on myself against Shane Mosley (chucking). Yeah... print that, I'm betting $5 million dollars on myself to destroy Shane Mosley.

LJ: That's alot of money we're talking about. Speaking of money... I saw your episode on MTV cribs were you show the world your "Big Boy" mansion and your fleet of cars. Tell us a little bit about how that's going for you.

FMJ: (chuckling) That was fun! Those people ate MTV were extra cool to be around unlike some of the other networks I've worked with. Well... you know we had to break out the nice whips for the fans. That's what they pay to see so that's what I do. I'm shopping around right now thinking about picking up a Bugatti Veyron. That's a 2 million dollar car I think I might need to add to my fleet of chariots if you know what I'm sayin. The "Big Boy" mansion is cool but I like the action on the Las Vegas strip much better.

LJ: Ok, lets switch it back to boxing for a minute... what about Manny Pacquiao? You were supposed to fight him in March of this year but that...

FMJ: (cutting in) Manny Pacquiao is nothing. He's already got knocked out twice, lost to Erik Morales, and declined a $25 million dollar drug test. I think that says enough about Manny Pacquiao's character. He can't sell Pay-Per-Views on my level. I mean... c'mon, when he fought Marquez, they didn't even break what was it... 500,000 Pay-Per-View buys. When I fought Marquez we did over one million. I mean... it's crazy when people try to compare me and Manny Pacquiao. I've been dominating this sport ever since I laced them up and he's just recently became somewhat of a name guy. When else in the sport of boxing have we ever seen a guy all of sudden get so big and dominant at this stage in their careers. Then, when we ask him to take a drug test, he refuses... somethin ain't right!

LJ: It is a little strange to say the least but let's say that Manny Pacquiao isn't on any performance enhancing drugs...

FMJ: (cutting in) If Manny Pacquiao really isn't on something, he might be superman but I can guarantee you that something isn't right.

LJ: Well Floyd, thanks for taking the time to speak with Do you have any final words for the millions of readers across the globe?

FMJ: Yeah! I'd like to say a special thanks to the only place where "Money" Mayweather will do any sort of boxing talk online. I'd like to thankall the fans reading this. Mayweather Promotions is set to have a big 2010. Philthy Rich Records is set to launch some exciting young artists like my man P-reala aka "The Harlem Hotboy". Our goal is to go quadruple platinum and continue getting that big boy dollars. Thanks for having me and buy that Pay-Per-View come May 1st to see the retirement party of Shane Mosley.


Chris Arreola's trainer on Pacquiao-Clottey & Mayweather-Mosley

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Anaheim Boxing Examiner | Brent Alderson

Henry Ramirez is one of boxing’s up and coming trainers. The Riverside native trains a stable of fighters which includes undefeated bantamweight prospect Jonathan Arrellano, fringe junior welterweight contender Josesito Lopez, and the popular heavyweight slugger Chris Arreola. Just like everybody in the industry, the 34 year old Ramirez is anticipating the clash between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao and thinks both fighters are going to win their next bouts against Shane Mosley and Joshua Clottey.

Even though he recognizes that Joshua Clottey is a very dangerous opponent, Ramirez thinks Pacquiao is on a different level and in an interview at www.blogtalkradio/ he commented, “For the first six rounds I wouldn’t doubt if it was three rounds even. After the first five or six rounds you are going to see a very close, almost a dead even fight, but I think ultimately after that, you are going to see Pacquiao really start to adjust and take command the way he seems to be doing lately. I think you are going to see him win going away like an eight to four decision. I could see him sweeping the whole second half of the fight. What would really be impressive is if he could stop Clottey. I don’t see it, but you really can’t doubt Pacquiao at this point in time!”

Ramirez is confident that Floyd Mayweather is going to beat Shane Mosley in their May super-fight to set up a fall showdown with the Pac-man and noted, “I think Floyd is going to outbox Shane Mosley easy, I think he is going to win nine rounds to three. I think he is going to win easy. Floyd is by far the best fighter on the planet. I don’t think Mosley is as fluid as he used to be, obviously he’s lost a little hand speed. I think Margarito was a perfect guy for him, but who knows, I just think Floyd is going to win the fight hands down going away.”

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Floyd Mayweather Jr. thinks Manny Pacquiao is a liar and a cheater because he’s not from America

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Sacramento Fight Sports Examiner | Rick Rockwell

Be careful of what you ask for because we all were wondering where Floyd Mayweather Jr was when he seemed to be silent for about a week during the middle of this month. But now he’s back and he’s got plenty to say. In a recent interview, Floyd basically said that Manny Pacquiao was a liar because he’s not from America. Let’s examine Floyd’s comment further.

“We got athletes that live in our own country that lie to the American citizens about taking certain enhancement drugs. Now, Manny Pacquiao is not even from this country and don’t even live in this country so imagine what he will tell the American people.” Floyd Mayweather Jr

There are so many things wrong about these comments that I don’t even know where to begin. So let’s take it one step at a time.

“American athletes who lie to the Public”

I can’t believe I have agreed with Floyd twice in one day but he’s right when it comes to this statement. There are plenty of athletes that lie about using PEDs. Just look at Major League Baseball. There’s no professional sport other than Cycling that has been hit with more controversy over PEDs.

“Manny Pacquiao is not even from this country”

In 2010, there’s nothing wrong with an athlete not being from this country. Some of the greatest athletes in the NBA aren’t even from America like 2-time NBA MVP Steve Nash. In baseball, arguably the best players aren’t from this country like Albert Pujols. So to even bring this up is a waste of time. You don’t have to be from America to be a great and honest athlete.

“so imagine what he will tell the American people”

Just because Manny is from another country doesn’t mean he’s a liar and it also doesn’t mean that foreign athletes are liars. In fact, some of the greatest ambassadors to America’s najor professional sports are foreign athletes like Yao Ming, Dikembe Mutombo, Hakeem Olajuwan. None of these athletes are considered liars because they are from another country.

Amy Kragen Sacramento, CA “Is Floyd Mayweather Jr insane?”

I think Floyd has become insane. Just look at some of his latest comments.

* He talks about Shane Mosley’s divorce Mayweather’s comments hit Shane Mosley below the belt
* He compares himself to Martin Luther King Jr and Malcom X Mayweather Jr compares himself and his ‘Drug Crusade’ to Martin Luther King Jr and Malcom X
* He says that he only lives for himself and not the fans Floyd Mayweather Jr ‘I live for Floyd Mayweather, I don’t live for the fans’

Casey Drayton Sacramento CA “Did Floyd really say that foreigners are liars?”

Go to the beginning of my article and tell me what you think. In fact, watch the video below. I’ve already had more people share their disgust with me over their initial hearing of his comments than I have in the last few weeks.


Just because American athletes have lied to the public doesn’t mean foreign athletes are liars. Hey Floyd, I can imagine what Manny would say to the public. He would say that he gives everything to God and that he wants to honor his country. In fact read the following article for what Manny has said to the public: Manny Pacquiao lives to honor his country, the fans, and God. Mayweather only lives for himself

How do comments like these translate into Manny being a liar? Simply, they don’t. Mayweather has once again gone too far with his “gum bumping”.


Pacquiao is Mayweather's natural predator, otherwise Floyd is PG rated

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Boxing Examiner | Michael Marley

On Wednesday, Floyd Kill Joy Mayweather Jr. attained the supposedly mature age of 33.

You Biblical scholars who read beyond The Ring magazine may note that was how old Jesus Christ was when he was taken to the gallows under Pontius Pilate's direction.

No, don't go there. I'm not advocating that Mayweather be crucified and I'm not being blashpemous because, like all of us (even my wretched self), Mayweather is a Child of God.

Jesus spoke in homilies, in parables and allegories. Mayweather, even on his natal day, continues to spew venomous poison about the Lord's Humble Servant, Manny Pacquiao.

(Right about now, I expect a lightning bolt to come through the computer screen.)

(Not to digress but, in another mental twist while speaking to, Mayweather in one breath labels Shane Mosley "a C Lister" and then refers to him as a Hall Of Fame quality boxer. Can this guy do contortions or what, he's like the Rubber Man.)

I'm late with Money May's birthday gift but I am think that the Hip Hop Kid might appreciate a funky Wagnalls meaning a proper dictionary.

I'd adivse Floyd to look up "ordinary" because he keeps misusing the word when discussing Pacman.

“Manny Pacquiao was just an ordinary fighter and once he got over 25, 26, he became extraordinary. That doesn’t happen in the sport of boxing so it has to be something. I started off good in my career and all the way through my career I’ve been dominating. I started off good and became great but you don't start off ordinary and become extraordinary. If Manny Pacquiao has nothing to hide, I never saw a man who didn't want to take a $25 million dollar drug test.”

Floyd's doubters are many as thius magazine cover line shows (Primer Round)

For his second big word, I'd love for L'il Floyd to look up "adversity" because, at the end of the day, that is what we remember most about our boxing icons.

(See Mr. Lois on why Manny and Floyd should emulate Oscar insofar as taking on ALL comers.)

(See Mr. Heritage on whether Clottey has proper strategy to upset Megamanny.)

When we think of Muhammad Ali, don't we first think of his huge upset of Feb. 25, 1964 (incredibly, 46 years ago today) in Miami Beach when he "shook up the world" by beating thuggish Charles "Sonny" Liston. And don't we always harken back to another big upset, when he roped a big dope named George Foreman in Zaire?

Will Mayweather ever overcome adversity in a fight the way Cassius Clay did against "Ursa Major" Charles "Sonny" Liston?

What shall we harken back to about Mayweather if he fails to fight natural archrival Pacman?

How he ducked and dodged various fighters who probably could not carry his gym bag?

It's a tribute to his natural ring gifts that Mayweather hasn't faced much adversity but it diminishes his ultimate place in history as well.

Where's the magic moment like when something on Liston's gloves temporarily blinded Cassius Clay and Angelo Dundee literally shoved him out of the corner and told him to run from the menacing Liston until his sight began to clear up?

There's been no such adversarial test for Mayweather.

So far, he's been strictly a frontunner.

Pacquiao can give him this examination if he turns a boxing match into a fight.

Pacquiao is capable of doing that and even Mayweather, in his heart of hearts, knows this.

Finally, an "ordinary" fighter does not rebound from KO losses early on his career to achieve one stunning success after another even as he goes up in weight.

An "ordinary" fighter does not become the face of boxing after dragging himself off the canvas.

Yet Pacquiao has done all this. A lesser man would've been mentally wiped out by these defeats.

An era of truly random testing is clearly coming to boxing and it could be done sans any jabbing needles as the urine testing protocols improve.

But that time may arrive after both Pacman and Mayweather are truly retired.

If Mayweather wants to be recalled as the guy who always had it his way, if he settles for that, then he will get his just desserrts.

His career, his legal will be filed under "PG" which stands for Pretty Boy was pretty good.

All Time Good or All Time Great?

Pacquiao's reach may exceed his grasp. Mayweather reach is questionable.

When he's sitting on the rocking chair, talking to his grandchildren, it will be a shame if "woulda, coulda, shoulda" is all that Floyd can say in relation to matching his skills against his obvious and most dangerous predator.

The guy who reaches for the moon, even if he fails, will be remembered more fondly.

Come May 2, I guess we'll start seeing the picture more clearly.

Will Mayweather dare to be great or will he be content with what he's done?

Sure, he and Shane will fill up the MGM Grand on May 1 with 16,000 in the arena. They deserve no less.

But Pacman is fighting before a possible 40,000 in Dallas on March 13.

He's become an international icon and people eat up his story like popcorn.

Will Mayweather dare to be great or is he smug and satisfied?

He can't crow too much about whipping "a C Lister," can he?

The jury is out.


Floyd Mayweather can feel his abilities slipping

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Pittsburgh Fight Sports Examiner | Scott Heritage

Floyd Mayweather is feeling his age catch up with him slowly but surely. At some point every fighter realizes that they are slowing down, and that they can't do some of the same things they used to be able to.

Fortunately for Mayweather even at less than his best he's still a lot better than most, and will look to prove that once again when he takes on the comparatively ancient Shane Mosley on May 1st.

Speaking to his friend and longtime go to man in the media, Floyd sat down with David Mayo of the Grand Rapids Press today, and touched on all the usual subjects. How he doesn't get the recognition he deserves, how he is more intelligent than all of his opponents and so on ad nauseam.

(Incidentally, if the only way to stand a chance against Floyd is to be more intelligent than him, then perhaps he should take on one of the Klitschko brothers, who each hold a Ph.D. and can speak four languages)

More interestingly than the usual spiel though, Mayweather and his team acknowledge seeing signs that he is slowing down as he gets older. Could this have been why he took on Marquez in his first fight back, measuring just what he had left for another run?

Ron Burgess, Pittsburgh PA: "Do you think Floyd knowing he's slowing down is why he didn't want to fight Pacquiao?"

It could well have been one of the reasons, as well as wanting to be more in control of the terms of the fight. It could still happen after his fight with Mosley though, and Floyd will only be older and slower then, so we'll have to wait and see. If the fight does happen then obviously he isn't slowing quickly enough to affect his performance. If the fight doesn't go ahead for a fresh set of problems, then this seems a lot more likely.

Jesse Elliot, Pittsburgh PA: "Do you think Mayweather has declined and if so why is he still winning?"

Well if Floyd himself is admitting it, then it's probably true. He isn't a lot noticeably slower than he ever was, but once the decline starts it keeps going. Mayweather's style of moving and pot-shotting needs him to be fast, and his speed will be the first thing to go. That being said he has never taken a lot of punishment in his career, so as long as he increases his work rate, he might still be able to win at a high level even if he gets hit more often.

Pol Canonce Barugo, Leyte Philippines: "Mayweather was placed in a very compromising situation where he was really dent on this random blood tests by going to the commission level prodding the boxing community that he really want to clean the sport but his prime motive was really on going for the edge with Manny coz he knows that the guy could stained his zero loss record. He was put in the most difficult position when the Haiti Earthquake caused the Mosley-Berto fight cancelled. He was very hesitant in the post fight interview about fighting Mosley but was forced nevertheless to fight Mosley coz he will be really 100% exposed as cherrypicking opponents.Now you can run all you want inside the ring once you face Mosley come May 1 hehehe. You will be shaken by Mosley's strong and power punch combos!"

There is a good chance this will happen so long as Mosley has the right game plan and doesn't think he can just turn up and win without careful planning. I've been reading interviews where Mosley says he intends to out-box Floyd which he frankly isn't capable of. He needs to cut down the ring and use all the same tricks Oscar De La Hoya used in his close fight with Floyd. If he can do that, then Shane's power and strength will come into play and Mayweather will find himself outgunned against someone he can't shake off.


Pacquiao Worldwide Army troops must let Mayweather hear it

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Consider this a military directive, meaning an order, soldiers in the Pacquiao Worlwide Army (PWA).

I may only be a buck private who is tight with a buck but I've been authorized to alert all men, women and children to turn out of the public cordially invited Floyd Mayweather-Sugar Shane Mosley media tour.

Me, I plan to hit the Los Angeles leg of the publicity tour and, no, I am not bringing any rotten tomatoes.
I do think it would be great if all you Pacmaniacs turn up in New York, in Washington and in SoCal for these events.

Are you sick and tired of being sick and tired of egomaniacal Mayweather's ranting and raving?

Did it sicken you that he has thrown a blank of illegal drug use suspicion over "Ordinary Manny Pacquiao" with zero proof?

hen let Mayweather hear your vocal displeasure.

Now is the time for all good people to come to the aid of the Pacquiao Party.

Man your battle stations and get out there to let these two boxers know you DEMAND to see the winner fights the Pinoy Idol, that you will accept nothing less.

Now there will be Mayweather Mafia types in attendance along with the docile Mosleyites.

Let's keep it clean keep it safe.

But don't hold your tongue

Let Mayweather and his band of brigands know you deeply resent how they've thrown mud over the Pacman.

Give Oscar "Reputation" De Stroya the big Bronx cheer he richly deserves. Tell Richie Rich Schaefer he's been yodeling in the wrong canyon.

One final note and this comes from General Hermie Rivera himself: Deserters will be shot on sight.
With paintballs only but shot nonetheless.



Where: NOKIA Theatre Times Square
1515 Broadway (Corner of 44th & Broadway)
Times: Doors Open - 11:00 a.m. ET
Start - 12:00 p.m. ET
Details: Tickets are necessary, but free of charge. Go to and search for Mayweather and/or Mosley.

Where: Lincoln Theatre
1215 U Street NW
Times: Doors Open - 11:00 a.m. ET
Start - 12:00 p.m. ET
Details: No tickets necessary. First-come, first-served.

Where: NOKIA Plaza at L.A. Live (Outdoor Event)
800 West Olympic Blvd.
Times: Arrival - 12:00 p.m. PT
Start - 1:00 p.m. PT
Details: No tickets necessary. First-come, first-served.


Thursday, February 25, 2010

Hurting power of Pacquiao puts Mayweather in fear of KO

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Boxing Examiner | Michael Marley

Joshua Clottey trainer Lenny "The Locksmith" DeJesus does not buy the notion that Floyd Mayweather put the kibosh on fighting Manny Pacquiao because of a disagreement over random blood testing.

DeJesus, 64, a veteran of 75 world championship bouts dating back to the 15 rounds or less era, told me Wednesday he is convinced Mayweather dodged fighting Pacman out of simple fear.

"It's two things with Mayweather," DeJesus said from the Clottey training camp in Fort Lauderdale. "One thing is his precious undefeated record. Floyd doesn't want to lose that. Let me be blunt, I think he rejected a Manny fight because he wants to make sure he stays undefeated and because he's worried that he could get knocked out.

"If not for those worries then, why wouldn't Floyd take the fight and, whatever happens in the fight, he goes to the bank laughing with $40 million?"

DeJesus thinks Mayweather should not worry so much about protecting his unbeaten status.

"Fans don't care about all that. Sugar Ray Robinson, Muhammad Ali and Wilfredo Gomez, who I worked with, they all lost but they came back to win. I just think Mayweather had an eerie feeling that Manny Pacquiao could take him out. Like Joe Louis said, you can run but you can't hide and he could run against Manny all night.

"Floyd could be jumping around like a jackal but somewhere in the fight he would feel Manny's power and that's what boxing is all about, hurting power. That's the game of boxing."

DeJesus injected a little humor into the situation.

"I thank three people for Joshua getting this (March 13) bout against Manny," DeJesus said.

"First, I thank Freddie Roach for taking the fight. Second, I thank Manny for taking the fight. Third, I've got to thank Mayweather for not taking the fight."

Veteran trainer, former six bout Pacquiao cutman Lenny DeJesus preps Clottey for March 13 (Top Rank/Chris Farina Photo)

DeJesus worked six different bouts in Megamanny's corner as a cutman when promoter Murad Muhammad was handling the fighter but then got cut adrift when Shelly Finkel and Gary Shaw moved in on Manny and Murad walked the promotional plank.

"I feel good, I feel confident about this fight," DeJesus said. "I like Freddie Roach, we go back to when he was the bucket boy for Eddie Futch. Freddie hit the jackpot with Manny in a way I never did with one fighter.

"But we'll see in Dallas, at the end of the day, who's done the better job of preparing his fighter, me or Freddie. Joshua didn't have that extra oomph he needed to beat (Miguel) Cotto but I was in a different role then.

"The (training camp) environment wasn't right for that fight but that was then and now is now."

And Fight Night at Cowboys Stadium is inching closer.


Floyd Mayweather Jr. threw away 50 million dollars based on a ridiculous hunch

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By Dennis 'dSource' Guillermo
Thu, 25 Feb 2010

I’m sure you’ve heard it plenty of times before. It started from Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s camp down to Teddy Atlas and now the die-hard Mayweather fans and brownnosers. And the question goes, “Why would Manny Pacquiao throw away 50 million dollars over some blood tests?”

Usually that question is followed by a statement pointing out that if any person would be offered a huge amount of money to do his job and turn it down over some blood tests that there is something wrong with that person. And the prestige goes, “So why won’t Pacquiao just take the tests?”

Order in the court of truth! Judge dSource is now presiding over this case that has been blown out of proportion in the court of public opinion and press manipulation.

Let’s lay down facts shall we.

It’s been several months since Floyd Mayweather Sr., the convicted drug smuggler, former trainer of Money Mayweather, first made his steroids accusations public and yet Team Mayweather has failed to proved any form of tangible proof that would implicate Pacquiao other thank Roger Mayweather’s Philippine history lecture on how bullets used to bounce off Filipino soldiers 500 years ago because they were on a drug called A-Side Meth. And I quote in the exclusive I first published at the Examiner, Roger said “they (the Filipinos soldiers) weren’t even dying.”

Pacquiao has no ties with the people Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens were connected with. No history of any failed tests that were administered by the Nevada State Athletic Commission. The same tests and commission that caught fighters like Fernando Vargas riding dirty. I repeat, there’s been no evidence of Pacquiao’s doping, no connections with shady people and nothing except a Roger Mayweather fictional tale. I say fictional because America didn’t even exist 500 years ago so how in the world will they try to invade the Philippines on top of drugs causing bullets to bounce and people not dying? Must be watching too much of that Twilight crap Roger.

But there’s much evidence on the fact that Pacquiao has had a history with blood tests and felt weak afterwards. I have written at length in the past on that topic, you can click this link if you want to read it.

And so the real deal is, Floyd Mayweather Jr. turned his back on 50 million dollars because of an urban legend from Uncle Roger? Okay, let’s incorporate all their other baseless assertions like Pacquiao’s getting bigger and him not getting knocked out by Cotto and saying he is knocking out people since he climbed upwards of 130. Fact is, Pacquiao was knocking people out before he turned 130 and that his overall weight gain in the past 5 years is about 4 pounds. Again you want to read facts about that,

So who turns his back on 50 million dollars based on baseless hunches and made up rules and demands not being given in to? If you were to be paid a lot of money to work at a place where there are baseless rumors about, would you walk away from it? And the prestige: “Why won’s Floyd just fight Pacquiao like he did everybody else?” Again, I got 3 letters for you.. K.. F.. C.


If anyone can beat Floyd Mayweather Jr. it's "Sugar" Shane Mosley

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By Jason Snowden

If anyone can beat Floyd Mayweather Jr. its Sugar Shane Mosley

In response to a recent article posted claiming that Manny Pacquiao is in fact the main man with a chance of taking that precious “O” off of the Pretty Boy, I would like to say I disagree, I believe now and always have believed that Shane Mosley poses the biggest threat to Mayweather's perfect record.

Stylistically, Mosley matches up much worse for Floyd than Pacquiao. Manny Pacquiao is blessed with good hand speed, knock out power and incredible stamina. On the downside you don’t have to watch many of the Pacman's fights in order to see just how much damage he seems to absorb even when he wins, so it is safe to say he is not the most difficult man to catch.

Manny Pacquiao has a questionable defence which was exposed in his fights with Morales and Marquez, Pacquiao deals particularly well with come- forward fighters with equally aggressive styles, i.e. Miguel Cotto and Ricky Hatton. He, however, struggles most with counter punchers with a good straight right hand, and intelligent fighters.

My point is that Floyd is the best technical fighter and pure boxer on the planet, if anybody can expose kinks in Pacquiao’s defence and give him a boxing lesson, it is certainly Floyd.

Sugar Shane Mosley on the other hand is different. I believe this is a much harder fight for Floyd. Shane is bigger, stronger and most importantly, technically he is much better than Pacquiao.

I personally cannot wait to see Floyd take on Shane. Roll on May 1st.


Maybe It Would Be Best If Mayweather and Pacquiao Both Lost

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By Frank Lotierzo

Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather are the two best fighters active at the present time. And it's true that a fight between them to determine who is the P4P number one guy would be a compelling matchup. We'd all watch it. Okay, we know that.

But does anyone really want to have to spend another six months with their arguments, postponements, mutual backing away from the negotiating table, accusations, and threats to take other fights? I don't.

The problem is that, if Manny Pacquiao beats Joshua Clottey and Floyd Mayweather beats Shane Mosley, there's a good chance that they'll pick up at the bargaining table exactly where they left off this past January. Does anyone doubt that? A fight between them may even become harder to make if they both win their upcoming bouts.

Mayweather, deciding that because a win over Mosley has more credibility than one over Clottey, will assume he's in the superior bargaining position and probably make Pacquiao subject himself to an autopsy. He'll again demand random drug tests (and depending on how Pacquiao looks in the Clottey fight, he may ask for even more stringent testing), and Manny will decline. And we'll be subjected to the same melodrama all over again. It will be six more months of childish name calling, and pushing the rest of the business of boxing to the back burner. Do boxing fans really want to let this nonsense upstage the attention that Israel Vazquez-Rafael Marquez IV should get? That's what it will do.

It's astonishing that a guy who has never been anything but a credit to the sport, someone about whom there's never been a hint of any misdeed, will now forever fight under a cloud of suspicion instigated by someone whose motives couldn't be more transparent. And the idea that Pacquiao should have to prove that he's innocent only appeases those who think this is a perfect world. I'm really surprised by how many people who should know better are subscribing to the "if he has nothing to hide, why isn't he taking the test" position. Manny Pacquiao, like Floyd Mayweather doesn't owe anyone a thing.

I don't think either Pacquiao or Mayweather is a lock to win their respective next fights. Both are favored, but Manny's fighting a bigger guy who's hard to hurt, and Mayweather is fighting a guy who's better than he is (although admittedly he's fighting him at the right time.) And although there's no question that a Mosley-Clottey fight wouldn't be nearly as interesting or as lucrative as Pacquiao-Mayweather, maybe it'd give everybody else in the business a chance to step back into the limelight. And it would demystify Pacquiao and Mayweather. Would that be such a bad thing?

It's great when there's a lot of debate centered around a fight. And one of the greatest things about boxing is the enthusiasm that attaches to an important fight. But we've had nearly a half year obsession with a fight that hasn't taken place and that isn't scheduled. Mayweather's camp, in my opinion, has clearly gone so far as to plant shills to write and post things all over the Internet. You can spot them a mile away.

Let's put things in perspective. In the amount of time that Pacquiao and Mayweather have talked about fighting each other, Ray Robinson and Jake LaMotta would have been in the ring together a half dozen times. I know that times are different, and that a lot of money is on the line now and that it takes a little while to set megafights up. But this fight no longer needs setting up. And the money is there for it; both guys will make a ton of it. And let's face it, Manny and Floyd are less than riveting public speakers. Nobody -- and I mean nobody -- wants to hear them anymore.

They can monopolize boxing all they want when they're talking about their actual fight in an actual ring, not a hypothetical fight in an imaginary ring.

We know that Joshua Clottey and Shane Mosley will fight anyone, anytime, anywhere. And they won't attach a lot of conditions to doing so. Yeah, Clottey's not as interesting a fighter as some of the other guys, but at least he's not hijacking the division. And Shane is never in a bad fight. And hasn't he, through his deeds rather than his words, done enough to earn our loyalty? Like Clottey, he won't hold up the division for ransom either.

Pacquiao, Mayweather, Mosley, and even Clottey are all moving toward the ends of their careers. I've got no problem with talking about their fights when they're actually fighting each other. Hearing endless and pointless talk about who would win if Pacquiao and Mayweather fought, why they haven't fought, or if they're ever going to fight is getting redundant. I no longer care whose fault it was that they didn't fight earlier. It's idiotic that they didn't, regardless of the reason. At some level, I wouldn't mind if one or both of them were upended in their next fight.

It would do boxing a lot of good if we started focusing on Chad Dawson, Timothy Bradley, Paul Williams, Juan Manuel Lopez, Yuriorkis Gamboa, John Murray, Guillermo Rigondeaux, Nonito Donaire, and Roman Gonzalez, all guys who are fighting regularly and making names for themselves. Once we're done crowding the net with speculation about the Manny and Floyd Show, there may finally be some space available for other worthy fighters.



February 24th, 2010 By Kevin Perry

Los Angeles, CA- To set the record straight, this scribe is not the biggest admirer of the world’s best pound for pound “boxer” Floyd “I Need Da’ Money” Mayweather (40-0, 25 KOs). In an effort show fairness to an athlete that has done what he was supposed to “win his fights” I will go over the Pro’s and Con’s of “Pretty Boy” Floyd. As much as the guy gets hated on by the media and the public, he deserves some credit for having a unique personality that generates a lot of attention.

1) Boxing IQ
There is no fighter who adjusts to a style the way Floyd does. He fights in an improvisational manner, takes few risks and receives little if any punishment in fights. Oh yeah, did I mention he is unbeaten?

2) Conditioning
One way to determine a fighter or an athletes dedication to their sport is by how keep themselves in shape. In boxing, where an athlete must constantly make weight this is even more essential to success. To this day Mayweather has yet to show up for a fight less than 100%, unless he has had hand issues. In my humble opinion, Floyd does respect the sport in which he applies his trade.

3) Charity work
While known for his love of strip clubs, gambling and “making it rain” money also gives back to the community. His Floyd Mayweather foundation has programs such as Fight for Your Education, which will include various workshops in the Nevada area for K-12 students in financial literacy, life skills, and writing. Joi’s Diamonds is a mentoring program for young women. The foundation also feeds the homeless twice a month and is involved in supplying various resources for homeless shelters. While Floyd isn’t the most likable guy on the surface, with some research there seems to be a side that does exhibit some form of humanity.

1) Attitude
For a guy that wants to teach youth about financial responsibility, it seems almost hypocritical when he gambles excessively, throws money around and creates a negative image of himself. The way he berates his opponents by putting them down and also his arrogance make him hard to like. He sometimes comes off more like a spoiled rich kid than the thug persona that he sometimes tries to exhibit. His interview with ESPN’s Brian Kenny and on satellite radio with underground rapper RA the Rugged Man are interesting to say the least as they provide insight into his character. If they are unfamiliar to you I have provided them below.

2) Selection of opponents
It is fair to say the dislike of Floyd for the part comes from former fans who got sick of the “risk vs reward” approach Floyd has taken with his career since his close battles at lightweight with Jose Luis Castillo (60-9-1, 52 KOs). His bouts against Sharmba Mitchell (57-6,30 KOs), Henry Bruseles (28-3-1,15 KOs) and Carlos Baldomir (45-12-6, 14 KOs) left fans far less than satisfied.

3) Style
Considering “Pretty Boy” is undefeated means his style is obviously effective. However the reason why Floyd is the best “boxer” pound for pound and not the best “fighter” is because he cares more about victory than entertaining fans. The Grand Rapids, MI native and Las Vegas resident has (and continues to have) hand problems and that has been a deterrent to him letting his hands go. I think it’s a general consensus that Floyd Mayweather is not an exciting fighter because he doesn’t possess punching power, fights defensively, and fights tactically. Whatever you’re doing Floyd keep doing it because at the end of the day people still pay to watch you fight.

Kevin Perry

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