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Friday, April 2, 2010

Something you may not have known about Floyd Mayweather Jr

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Mississippi Fight Sports Examiner | Brad Cooney

It's rather easy for boxing scribes to pick apart Floyd Mayweather Jr from their keyboards across the country. Many negative things have been written about him from various boxing writers, including yours truly. The facts are fact though, so anything that this writer has written about concerning Floyd Mayweather Jr have all been true. The steroid allegations are true. The fact that he's fought smaller opponents is true. The fact that he demanded Olympic style blood testing is true. Do you know what else is true? Floyd Mayweather Jr also does some pretty good things for those in need. Yes, you heard me right. I know, I know, this will not sit well with Manny Pacquiao fans, but I give credit where credit is due.

Mayweather has a great cause called "The Floyd Mayweather Jr Foundation." It a not for profit organization, and it's mission is to empower and encourage community alliances, impact youth leadership and strengthen family foundations through community development, entrepreneurial-ism and education resulting in a healthier community. Floyd also feeds the homeless and hungry in Las Vegas regularly. Check out Floyd's foundation here - http://

Mayweather has no doubt brought on a lot of his negative press, but he's not quite the monster that people think he is. He is also an extremely gifted prize fighter so love him or hate him, you can't take that away from him. Has he fought the best the sport has to offer? No he has not. His upcoming fight against Shane Mosley will provide him with a great opportunity to shut up his critics.

I spoke to the Assistant Mississippi Athletic Commissioner Patrick Turner today. I got his thoughts on the upcoming Floyd Mayweather vs. Shane Mosley fight. Turner is leaning toward a Mosley upset, "If we see the same Mosley that showed up against Antonio Margarito, he can pull of an upset. Shane is at the top of his game right now. We haven't seen anything from Mayweather since he beat the smaller Juan Manuel Marquez." Turner likes Mosley's recent efforts, " Shane Mosley is fighting at the top of his game right now. This is the best Mosley that we have seen in years."

There really shouldn't be much question as to how talented Floyd Mayweather Jr is inside of the ring. The man can fight, and is a very smart fighter at that. Not everyone likes his style, but at the end of the day, nobody has ever defeated him. Floyd's behavior outside of the ring has many questions, but he's not all bad. His foundation is doing good, healthy, and positive things for people who desperately need it.

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Who visits Pac-Land Next, Money Mayweather or Sugar Shane?

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By Ronald C Charles One of the most anticipated bouts of the year so far is fast approaching, One month from today Floyd Mayweather Jr will meet Shane Mosley at the MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada. The bout is intriguing for a number of different reasons, for one a few in the game who’s opinion I respect have actually tipped Mosley to win, I don’t see it myself but hey there would be less to debate if we all picked the same guy. The other interesting factor is Mosley will be the first true welterweight Mayweather has fought since Carlos Baldomir way back in 2006.

Most pundits and fans alike have been harsh to the Grand Rapids born fighter for his insistence on fighting smaller men like Juan Manuel Marquez and Ricky Hatton, or his fighting an on the slide De La Hoya. The same people fail to recognise Mayweather began his career at 130 pounds (Super Featherweight)

We live in an era where fighters are always on the move, making the transition from one weight to another has become a whole lot easier since the creation of the intermediate divisions. I don’t like it myself but we must stay consistent, to ridicule one you must ridicule all.

I feel the Mosley fight gives the self styled Money Mayweather the perfect platform to display his greatness, however should Mayweather win convincingly I have no doubt some detractors will find an angle to further ridicule his performance. To small, too slow, over the hill, he never had his corn flakes this morning; the truth is the confident outspoken Mayweather will always have his detractors.

When thinking the possible outcome of a fight I don’t put too much stock in either fighter’s last performance, I like to delve a little deeper. Analysing the last 5 fights and searching for the last time either fighter faced someone with a similar style.

When looking at Shane two things are blatantly obvious, he is 38-years-old and has been inactive for over a year. As you study his previous performances you will notice he does really well against come forward fighters, the typical Mexican stand and fight style like that of Fernando Vargas (who Mosley stopped twice) or a Ricardo Mayorga who Mosley knocked out when the two met in 2008.

Then you analyse the two fights Mosley lost in 2004 to Ronald Wright, Winkey was a defensive fighter, a ring technician who put head before his fists. A style a younger Mosley could not cope with and lost the first bout by a wide margin, the second by majority decision.

Mayweather is another level altogether whose modus operandi is defensive mastery, so if a younger, fresher and faster Shane could not figure out the Wright riddle, I give him no chance of figuring out the most gifted defensive fighter of this generation in Floyd Mayweather Jr.

Shane has proved in the past he is a versatile fighter who can both box and move and has certainly faced the better opposition, however at 38 he may have bitten off a little more than he can chew in Mayweather.

When Mayweather returned to the sport in 2009 he faced Mexican Juan Manuel Marquez who at the time was ranked no 2 pound for pound, and the number one lightweight champion of the world. The former “lightweight” was the problem for most. Before Floyd’s temporary retirement he was competing in the welterweight division while Marquez had never competed above 135 pounds. A contractual catch weight of 144 pounds was agreed, the day before the fight Mayweather weighed in 2 pounds over and was forced to pay Marquez $600,000, (300,000) per pound.

If we took anything from the fight it was Mayweather came back as good as he left, the speed, reflexes and movement where better than ever as Mayweather boxed his way to a 12 round unanimous decision.

Mayweather usually dominates his opponent and as yet no-one has come close to scripting the blue-print on how to beat the five weight champion. Mexican Jose Luis Castillo came closest when the two met in 2002. Other have said Mayweather’s most troublesome rounds have come against southpaws DeMarcus Corley and Zab Judah, however in both fights Mayweather managed to overcome both en-route to a convincing unanimous decision win.

Most are of the opinion a Mosley vs. Pacquaio fight will be more fan friendly than that of a Mayweather Boxing clinic; and they may be right. But in my opinion the outcome will be more predictable than a Mayweather - Pacquiao fight where I can see a scenario playing out for either man being victorious. Boxing needs a Pacquiao – Mayweather fight, both are atop the pound for pound summit with the boxing world is split down the middle as to who they think will win.

Who do you think will win & why?


The Ten Count 04.01.10:Ten Reasons Why I Love Floyd Mayweather Jr.

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Posted by Ryan Bates on 04.01.2010

I've done some soul searching, and I have to confess, there's a lot more about Floyd Mayweather Jr. that I love then I have previously confessed. My "mea culpa" to the world, and my profession of love for one of the greatest of all time is the basis for this volume of "The Ten Count."

It's never easy to admit fault, but after a long discussion last night, I've realized that really, given Floyd Mayweather Jr's history in the sport of boxing, it's almost impossible to be against the guy. Ludicrous, even. So, with that being said, I'm just going to jump into this "Ten Count"/apology for my actions.

Ten Reasons Why Ryan Bates Loves Floyd Mayweather Jr.

10. I'll start with the one thing that I've never denied about Floyd Mayweather Jr. – he is exceptionally skilled. Phenomenally skilled. He practically reinvented defensive boxing, defining the sweet science once again as "hit and not get hit," and took it to the Nth degree. When a defensive move becomes labeled as "Mayweather's shoulder roll" you know you're doing something right.

9. Floyd Mayweather Jr. gives to charity. Out of character for him? I think so, but I've seen him do it with my own eyes. You don't hear about it much, but Floyd routinely buys a grip of food for homeless people and passes it out himself. The last time it was reported on the news, it was sandwiches and chips. If this was reported more often, I bet he'd have more people cheering for him than against him.

8. As all of his supporters have repeatedly mentioned, 40-0 is nothing to sneeze at. With such great champions and Hall-Of-Fame locks like Sharmba Mitchell, Carlos Baldomir, and Henry Bruseles, it's understandable why he clearly is the G.O.A.T.

7. His almost-maniacal work ethic, recently demonstrated with his obsession with reaching the catchweight set between himself and top lightweight Juan Manuel Marquez.

6. His sudden need to clean up the sport. Why it took Manny Pacquiao to send Mayweather on this holy quest I'll never understand. I mean, Mayweather is fighting the good fight here. I'm sure Shane Mosley has taken at least 64 tests by now. Not that we've heard about any of them. We hear when Mayweather sneezes in a club or Mosley farts in the Big Bear Mountains, but we haven't heard about any drug tests. Oh well, I'm sure Mayweather is just as insistent with these tests as he was with Pacquiao, and not just making an excuse to save his bacon.

5. His immense mainstream crossover appeal, as demonstrated by... um... the WWE! Well, maybe that's not the best example of mainstream. Uh... he was in... um... that internet provider commercial... and... um... oh yeah! Dancing With The Stars.

This places him with elite stars of Hollywood and music such as Joey McIntyre, Leeza Gibbons, Ted McGinley, Steve-O, and Kate Gosselin. A Who's Who, to be sure.

4. Philthy Rich Records, and Floyd's bustling rap career.

3. Hahaha! I can't keep this up... I'm laughing too hard over here. You HAD to know there was an April Fool's article coming up! Happy April Fool's Day!

2. The fact that Floyd's Disciples are probably right now working on hate-filled emails and trying to firebomb my house before they even reached Reason Number 3 and figured out it was all a joke. (10 and 9 weren't jokes, by the way. He IS insanely skilled and donates to the homeless.)

1. The fact that come May 1, there's a very valid chance that Floyd Mayweather may not be laughing from the ass-whooping that Shane Mosley might have in store. And that, my friends, is no joke.


Unholy Trinity: Pacquiao can't bend on Mayweather apology

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Coach Freddie Roach let loose with a with a typical verbal bombshell on Jim Rome's national TV program last week.

Manny Pacquiao's "Master" suggested that, to make a Floyd Mayweather-Pacman bout a reality, Mayweather could abandon his irritating random blood test demands in exchange for the Pinoy Idol squashing his litigation against his fecund accusers.

I won't say Roach's trial balloon was shot down but no one has heard a peep out of Pacquiao or promoter Bob Arum backing his play.

Obviously, as you can see in this photo of Pacman on the campaign trail, he is literally playing it close to the vest.

I saluted in a rapid twitch, knee jerk fashion because I naively thought such a fair proposal might indeed clear the decks for the Only Fight That Really Matters after Money May handles his beeswax with Sugarfree Shane Mosley on May 1.

I moved too fast and my haste made waste.

(By the bye, I see that Edwin Valero has been fully detoxified with that Venezuelan Instant Sobriety Treatment and should be back in the ring in, oh about seven or eight minutes from now. This man takes 12 Steps in a single bound. If Valero went to the Betty Ford Clinic, he would just use the drive through, getting a big bag of rehab to go with maybe a chimichanga thrown in.)

A week later, though, and I have to confess I was wrong to snap, crackle and pop to Roach's seemingly Solomonic (cut the baby in half, giving 50 percent to both "mothers") solution.

You see, Roach dropped the ball in omitting one nonnegotiable aspect of such a quid pro quo swap between the opposing camps.

I can't believe I overlooked it so I'll blame it on onrushing senility combined with Euro jet lag as I was wandering the Continent at the time.

Yes, Manny can have Arum call off the legal beagles and lead dog and OJ Simpson civil case nemesis Daniel Petrocelli.

Yes, it is not beyond my belief that Mayweather might agree to a different drug testing scheme than the one which wrecked the December/January negotiations.

But, and here's where personal and Pinoy pride come in, Pacquiao must demand a public apology from all those who have besmirched his good name sans a shred of probative evidence.

That means you, Oskie de la Hoya, and you Golden Gatekeeper, Richie Rich Schaefer.

I can think we can leave out Floyd Mayweather Sr. and Uncle Roger as they are just empty tin cans rattling around in a fantasy world of "A meth" and Filipino soldiers impervious to bullets.

But it includes L'il Floyd, absolutely.

He's the main accuser, with his continual parroting of "why wouldn't Manny take a drug test for $40 million?" This line of patter is sickening but it has helped put a huge shadow of doubt over Pacquiao's storied ring accomplishments.

If I were Manny's adviser, I'd accept a well written, public apology signed and acknowledged by this Unholy Trinity, Mayweather, de la Hoya and Schaefer.

Then I'd drop the lawsuit but only if there is a written agreement over drug testing and all other terms are in a fully signed bout contract for the magical match.

Roach wasn't wrong but he uniwttingly left out the most important element of any peace agreement.

The Unholy Trinity has to say they're sorry.

The apology won't be in the vicinity of sincere, we know that, but it must be in writing, unambiguous and fully revealed to the world.

If Pacquiao drops his guard on this, he will lose respect.

These people dragged his name through the dirt and they must at least express their regret for doing so.


Wednesday, March 31, 2010

The Mayweather Mentality

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In the video above, Nazim Richardson, best known as the trainer of ageless wonders Bernard Hopkins and Shane Mosley, talks to Fight Hub about Mosley's upcoming fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr. Richardson isn't willing to give up much in the way of strategy, but he does say he expects Shane to "command the rounds."

In Richardson, we once again have a trainer who is very complimentary of Mayweather. Here, Money's excellent timing is praised. Richardson counts this attribute among the things he admires about Floyd that Floyd's own camp doesn't mention. But I've heard Floyd speak on it a lot when talking about the Mosley fight. Sugar Shane has a tremendous combination of speed and power. And whenever Floyd addresses these traits of Mosley's, what he says has to do with two tremendous qualities of his own: intelligence and timing. Never his own reflexes or speed, although he has been exceptionally blessed in both areas.

This falls in line with the Mayweatherian boxing philosophy. To them, physical attributes are inconsequential in relation to the sweet science. I don't know how many times I've heard Uncle Roger tell that "speed don't win fights; skill wins fights." Or stress Floyd's gift of knowing how to fight. "Boxing is a thinking man's game," Roger has said.

And that's the gameplan against Mosley: use timing to negate Mosley's speed, and rely on Mosley not being able to outthink Floyd on May 1.

I find this so striking because Mayweather is one of the most gifted pure athletes to ever lace up a pair of boxing gloves. And yet, not only does he not rely on physical talent - at all - he finds it beside the point. An amazing attitude from a fighter with such profound natural ability, but it's part of the Mayweather mindset.



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By Felix Strunk | March 30, 2010

Steve Cunningham, Bernard Hopkins, Shane Mosley...3 fighters who all had fights scheduled within a 6-week timeframe and only 1 man to handle the head trainer duties...Brother Naazim Richardson. A busy man these days, Richardson has been spending the past few months dividing his time between several different training camps. That being said, one has to wonder if the world-class trainer was spread too thin as he worked with each fighter for their respective bouts. When posed with that very question, Richardson simply replied, "We make it work...It's just one of them things man."

In November of last year, Richardson began training Shane Mosley for a January 30th bout with Andre Berto, a fight that was ultimately cancelled just weeks before it was set to take place. Despite the fight being called off, there was no time for rest as Richardson immediately began working with Steve Cunningham, who was scheduled to face Matt Godfrey for the vacant IBF cruiserweight title on March 26. Ironically, that fight was also cancelled a week before it was supposed to occur. At the same time Richardson was training Cunningham, he pulled double duty working with future Hall of Famer Bernard Hopkins, who's preparing for his long-awaited rematch with Roy Jones Jr. on April 3. Of course, none of those bouts are quite as big or as difficult as the challenge that lies ahead for Richardson when his fighter, Shane Mosley, steps into the ring with undefeated Floyd Mayweather Jr. on May 1.

"Shane is still in the beginning process of everything. We're just getting him started," Richardson recently revealed to FightHype's own Percy Crawford. That interview took place just last week, roughly 6 weeks before Mosley faces a fighter that, thus far, no one has been able to figure out. As Floyd Mayweather would say, "40 have tried and 40 have failed!" Indeed, Mayweather's elusive, defensive style has been a puzzle for every fighter that he's faced. It's a bit concerning that Mosley's own trainer admitted that, with 6 weeks left to go, they have yet to really begin working on the gameplan. Not to mention, Richardson will be somewhat busy this week with the typical Fight Week responsibilities in Las Vegas, as Hopkins makes final preparations for Saturday's clash with Jones. It's another week that Richardson will have limited time, if any at all, working with Mosley for what will likely be his most difficult challenge to date.

Although Richardson is confident of Mosley's abilities and doesn't appear to be worried about the remaining timeframe, you still have to wonder if 5 weeks is enough to properly prepare for a fight with Floyd Mayweather. Truth be told, it's really just 4 weeks if you consider that training is limited during the final week before the fight. Personally, I've never been a big fan of trainers dividing their time amongst fighters who have bouts so close together. Had Richardson spent the majority of his time working with Mosley, it probably wouldn't be an issue, but the fact that he said last week that they were just getting started, it's now become a serious concern. What do you think boxing fans? Will Richardson have enough time to properly train Mosley for his bout with Mayweather?


Opinion: Pacquiao vs. Mosley should be better than Pacquiao vs. Mayweather

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After watching a lopsided and boring fight between Manny Pacquiao and Joshua Clottey last March 13, boxing fans look forward to an action-packed fight and they believe that a Pacquaio-Mosley match would be an action fight worth watching.

Despite Manny Pacquiao's hint at retirement after disposing Joshua Clottey of Ghana last March 13 in a lopsided fight at the Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, boxing fans believe that the Filipino boxer is good for two to three more fights before finally retiring.
Although there are at least four possible challengers to the WBO welterweight championship belt being held by Pacquiao, boxing fans say it is only Floyd Mayweather, Jr and Shane Mosley who can draw record breaking attendance that promoters need in order to generate enough revenues for the fighters

Pacquiao's trainer, Freddie Roach has mentioned Edwin Valero, Juan Manuel Marquez and Antonio Margarito as the Filipino boxer's next possible opponents on top of Mayweather and Mosley.
After watching the lopsided bout between Pacquiao and Joshua Clottey early this month, boxing fans think that they have been 'shortchanged' by the way Clottey fought. Those who paid to watch the fight said it was a boring match.

Boxing fans want to see a good fight. Many believe that a Pacquiao-Mayweather match is a crowd-drawer but at the same time it could also be a boring fight as Freddie Roach have opined. He said that Mayweather , just like Clottey is a defensive fighter and he will be busy inside the ring defending Pacquiao's flurry of punches as the pound-for pound king is known for his speed and punching power.

Edwin Valero has been repeatedly mentioned as Pacquiao's next possible opponent but the undefeated Venezuelan boxer will have to hurdle legal constraints to fight in the United States while Pacquiao's promoter Bob Arum says Valero is not a big draw in the US and it would take him a much longer time to do his promotional job to build up his name.

Antonio Margarito has yet to hurdle his come-back fight and, like Valero, he also needs to secure a boxing license to fight again in the United States. Margarito was stripped of his boxing license for having violated Nevada boxing rules by inserting illegal wraps inside his boxing gloves during his last fight with Shane Mosley.

Mexican legend Juan Manuel Marquez is also calling on Pacquiao for another chance to validate his claim that the referee erred in his decision saying he won in one of their last fights. A few days ago another popular Mexican boxer Erik Morales has revived his call for a fourth encounter with the popular Filipino boxer after winning over Jose Alfaro in their recent fight in Monterrey, Mexico.

Considering the fighting stance and boxing styles of Mayweather and other possible opponents, many boxing fans believe that Shane Mosley would be the best draw for Pacquiao's penultimate fight. Shane Mosley, they observed, does not back out from an offensive assault and Pacquiao, being an offensive fighter, will add to fireworks that boxing fans love to see in a boxing fight.

For these reasons, boxing fans say that a Pacquiao-Mosley boxing fight would be a better match that is guaranteed to keep the audience on their toes for continuous boxing action.


'Boycott This!' Filipino boxing fans will definitely watch Mayweather-Mosley on May 1

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Filipino Sports Examiner | Dennis "dSource" Guillermo

Despite protests from hard-hugging Manny Pacquiao fans from all around the world, the fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Shane Mosley remains an intriguing match-up to several Filipino boxing fans and fight fans around the world in general.

Am I going to watch this fight? Hell yes!!! And I agree with our good friend from NYC Michael Marley that boycotting this event would be "stupid even for Pacquiao groupies". It really is.

Now, I can understand why many of you wouldn't want to shelf out your hard-earned coin to see Mayweather's "boring style" of boxing as some people coin it to be, but the significance of a bout like this is something that makes the fight a "can't miss".

People will have different reasons to want to see this fight.

You got those who have been waiting for this match-up for the past decade. Mayweather and Mosley after all were two of the most promising stars at the turn of the century.

You got those who want to see Mayweather lose and get beat the hell up in the process. Mayweather has effectively created an image for himself as the bad guy with his antics such as throwing money around and bragging how rich he is and how rich others aren't.

You got those that want to see Mosley define his brilliant career and turn it into a legendary one. Handing Mayweather his first loss will surely do that to him. As Mosley said in the fight's press conference in New York, May 1st will be "MAYweather's 1st loss".

Of course, you have the Mayweather fans that can't wait to see their boy do what he does best in the ring, which is winning. Whether you love him or hate him, you can't take away his undefeated record away from him until someone actually beats him.

Some will even watch it to simply see who Pacquiao might be fighting next.

Whatever your reasons may be, it also helps that there are options besides PPV if you want to watch this fight live.

If you don't feel like spending $50 on the Pay-per-view or flying to Vegas and catching it live, there are viewing parties and theater screenings like GBP did for Mayweather-Marquez all over the US for only a fraction of the PPV price or you can even see if for free if you check out my note below. And of course, you will always have the 'SOPcasts'.

Whether you think "Who R U Picking" should have been named "Who R U Kidding?", "Who R U Plucking?" or "Who R U PACQing next?", (I wonder why they asked a 6th grader to come up with this fight's title) Filipino boxing fans will definitely be watching.


Floyd Mayweather will endorse Roy Chiongbian over Manny Pacquiao

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Manny Pacquiao political rival Roy Chiongbian and his bucket brigade are preparing their electoral trickbag to use on the Pinoy Idol in Sarangani, you would think L'il Floyd Mayweather would come out and publicly endorse his boy Roy, thus ensuring Manny victory in the Congressional race.

Not to mention how astute Mayweather is politically to begin with. Mayweather doesn't know Harry Reid from Jesse Reid, actually. Someone asked Mayweather what the capital of Nevada is and his first answer was "Baccarat," his second was "Fallon."...

False rumors circulate like wildfire, I am hearing from those close to Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chavez that Edwin Valero did not wear his REHAB IS FOR QUITTERS teeshirt when a judge sent him to dry out for six months.

Meanwhile. referee Laurence Cole has ruled the down the stars tumble that Mrs. Valero took, causing her to suffer a collapsed lung plus multiple bruises, a slip and not a knockdown...

Legal beagles out of Caracas report that when Valero's attorney told him to "take the Fifth" the boxer replied:

"It's too late, I already drank it!"

In a more serious vein, I hope Valero beats back the demon rum and anything else ruining his boxing career but, more importantly, the life of he and his family...

Fighters, promoters and other riffraff moan and groan like washerwomen when they lose a boxing match, Pinay beauty Ana Julaton displays true sportsmanship after losing to Lisa Brown...

It would seem that the potentates of Dubai have bigger problems, they say a boxing card was canceled because Subpac, meaning Manny bro Bobby, refused to fight on it for $20,000. Come on, that's tip money at Nat's Thai Restaurant for Broadway Bobby. I might be able to bring in Rudolph Valentino Clay aka Rahaman Ali for half that amount plus two camels to go...

We're bombarded by boxing and MMA events, one may stand out. Ricardo Mayorga will bring his unique brand of insanity to Fayetteville, NC, and the Crown Coliseum (PPV TV) on May 15. Warning to the North Carolina city, the dignified local hero James "Bonecrusher" Smith was no mercurial menace like Mayorga. Devin Price and his upstart Shine Fights clique is bringing a bigtime card to Fayetteville...

Even Tiger Woods finally admitted being overpaid, overbearing and oversexed, yet Andre Dirrell refuses to apologize to "I put the mean in Armenian" King Arthur Abraham for shoving his jaw into the way of a cracking right hand swat while the American was down on one knee. What's it all about, Andre?. No shot like the cheap shot, eh, King Artie?...

PETA activists like to drown furwearing models and celebrities with buckets of paint for mistreating animals, they now criticize Mike Tyson for his pigeon racing reality TV series. But as UK promoter Fearless Frank Warren deftly points out, not one PETA activist has dared to try to slap Iron Mike with "a protective coating."...


Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Manny Pacquiao begins campaign as Freddie Roach talks up Pacquiao-Mayweather

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In New York at the beginning of last weekend – there was a call from the BBC World Service. They wanted to speak on air about Manny Pacquiao, who has returned from fighting duties in the US, to become the electioneering boxer within The Philippines.

They wished to know what I knew of this man at first hand, whose life story of dusty dirt to presidential palaces is the stuff writers published by Barnes & Noble could barely imagine. Great Expectations…War and Peace. Pacquiao the President is a major story…

We talked, they recorded. It was 3am in New York…I had barely slept, but talk of Pacquiao is one of the intriguing features of being in this profession at present. Pacquiao, indeed, is an unknown quantity in parts of the sports world, due to boxing’s propensity in these times to shoot itself in the foot.

Pacquiao, in my 17 years as a journalist, is the most intriguing subject I have worked in, on and around. Intriguing, fascinating, enigmatic. You can keep the guy who hits little white balls along the fairways, and has been exposed as a playboy away from his erudition with a club.

Pacquiao has two clubs for fists, and the circle of interest around him grows ever wider…

Bob Arum, the promoter who is around the ‘National Fist’, as he is known in the Philippines, insists the popularity barely remarkable resemblance with one M. Ali (whom he also promoted), but rather than with all peoples, the adoration of ‘Manny’ emanates from one race.

But there is a touch of the Sinatra about him, too, as Arum remarked recently. No question.

For most boxers, the dysfunctionality in their lives is more akin to the weird fiction in the books of Chuck Palahniuk, like Choke or 7even. Pacquiao has his faults, well-documented in the Filipino media, and involving the occasional rumours of gambling or the attention of a famous actress or two, but given the position he finds himself in, it is remarkable that he feels the desire, the calling to go into politics.

Having spent time around the small band of regular journalists on the MP beat, all good souls and superb news-gatherers and writers (who are, at times, in a difficult position because of the demand from the public of those islands for every shred of possible news…), and those who look after the boxing world which Pacquiao fills, there is a concensus that the man from Mindanao is misguided.

There is something messianic about Pacquiao’s insistence on running for congress, after all. He has lost, for a start, three years ago. And if those who say boxers put their lives at risk in the ring, Pacquiao is certainly, surely, putting his life at risk by running for a political seat.

Asked what my take on this was, and I could only reflect on the feelings that have been expressed to me and around me. When I asked Manny Pacquiao about running for office, he said “for the poor people of the Philippines, because I want to help”. It is a simple, yet far from straightforward plan.

Pacquiao risks losing his legacy of popularity, of being diastracted from his career in the ring, from having too many demands as the one-man welfare state of his district. He may also be drawn into being manipulated to represent a particular view point. We all recall how Muhammad Ali reflected some fairly strange views, the views of others influencing him, at some stages during his career.

Win or lose, it intrigues me. While all this is going on, in the last few hours, in Hollywood, his trainer Freddie Roach has begun talking about Mayweather-Pacquiao going ahead (but Floyd Mayweather must, of course, win that fight with Shane Mosley first on May 1 in Las Vegas). Roach, whatever he may have said, does not believe Mosley will beat Mayweather. Indeed, he knows for Pacquiao to defeat Mayweather he must produce “the perfect fight”. Those are the exact words he used when explaining it to me. The perfect fight.

Roach believes Mayweather-Pacquiao will happen. It most likely will.

But will Pacquiao reach congress, and the murky world of island politics ? I doubt it. His dreams of improving life for the poor in that country are unlikely to be permitted by the ruling class. Life’s imperfect fight.

There are several stories in our archive on Pacquiao’s life and

Pacquiao’s interest in politics.


Pacquiao sticking to his guns over Mayweather lawsuit, and rightly so

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It was suggested recently that team Pacquiao was ready to cancel his lawsuit against Floyd Mayweather and Golden Boy promotions if the testing demands were dropped for a possible fight between the two.

Manny Pacquiao has since said that this is not happening, and that the lawsuit will go ahead as planned whatever happens.

Pacquiao advisor Michael Koncz, speaking to the Philstar, said:

“Why do we need to use the lawsuit as a bargaining chip? That’s ridiculous, Manny’s reputation has been tarnished. And we just talked to our lawyers in Los Angeles the day before yesterday. It’s full steam ahead as far as the lawsuit is concerned,”

Offering to trade off on the lawsuit might not have been such a good idea anyway because to the outside observer, it could appear to be an admission of guilt. To those who have been closely following the story, it would of course simply be a means to an end, a way of getting Mayweather into the ring without having to play by his rules.

The headlines in mainstream media would probably read differently though, and Pacquiao trading less invasive testing for dropping a lawsuit would look as if he was fearful about what the tests would reveal. This wouldn't really be the case, but to someone who hadn't read all of the details, it would probably reflect negatively about Pacquiao as well as Mayweather.

Mayweather constantly talking up his campaign to clean up the sport and then dropping the whole idea would make him look just as bad for not keeping to his original stance.

Pacquiao and his team are sticking with their stance of letting the commission do all the testing and not getting involved in it themselves.

The suit itself will probably be in litigation for quite some time anyway, and likely won't be settled before both fighters are retired anyway. What the chances are of Pacquiao winning the suit isn't entirely clear.

If he continues to make upwards of $40 million per year until he does retire, it might be difficult for his lawyers to make the case that he has lost a lot of money as a result of the accusations.

Some have also said that Teddy Atlas and Paulie Malignaggi should be added to the suit over the comments both made regarding the situation. Check out Michael Marley's article on the Atlas incident.

Steve, Pittsburgh: "Suing Mayweather is a waste of time, it wont repair his reputation and he won't win either"

Bill, Pittsburgh: "Even if the lawsuit was on offer as a bargaining chip, I can't see Mayweather accepting it in exchange for less testing and even if he did he would then have more fuel to tarnish Manny's name anyway"


Monday, March 29, 2010

Mosley takes on master Mayweather

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SHANE MOSLEY must feel he is living in a vacuum. It is over a month (May 1) before he and Floyd Mayweather Jnr lock horns in the Nevada desert, yet the only fight on people’s minds does not involve Sugar Shane. Boxing fans are currently salivating at the prospect of a Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao autumn showdown following yet another dazzling display from the Filipino maestro in Dallas last weekend.

However, before we allow our minds to meander into the realms of boxing fantasy, “Money” must first deal with a rejuvenated 38-year old Californian determined not to ride off into the sunset just yet. Let us not forget that the WBA Super champion is Mosley, not Mayweather.

That this match is taking place at all is to Mosley’s eternal credit. Having suffered a fifth career defeat at the hands of Miguel Cotto in November 2007 it seemed like old Father Time had finally extracted the sweetness out of “Sugar” Shane. This should have been Mosley’s cue to drift off into the Californian night. However, having defeated Ricardo Mayorga in 2008, Mosley accepted a January clash with the man who battered Cotto to a bloody pulp, Antonio Margarito. Mosley’s subsequent display of speed and power was staggering, as he stopped the Mexican in nine one-sided rounds.

In Mayweather, though, he is meeting someone extraordinary, a masterful boxer who has captured world titles at five different weights in winning 40 consecutive bouts (25 KOs). It was he who started the seemingly irretrievable decline of our “Hitman”, Ricky Hatton. It was a defensive, counter-attacking masterclass, making Hatton look like a novice at times.

Having taken a 21-month break, which Mayweather labelled “retirement”, he came back to spin a web around Mexico’s great lightweight, Juan Manuel Marquez last September. It is a credit to his impeccable conditioning as well as his imperious boxing ability that such a sublime performance was possible after a near-two-year sabbatical.

One of Mayweather’s most impressive attributes is his adaptability. He seems able to cope with an array of styles whilst instinctively raising the level of his performance on the rare occasions he encounters difficulty. Never has he come seriously close to the perils of defeat. Not even in his first fight with Jose Luis Castillo, when many had the Mexican narrowly behind in the scoring or actually winning. Mayweather rightly secured a unanimous decision on the scorecards.

Although he won a split decision over Oscar De La Hoya in May 2007, one felt the verdict flattered the “Golden Boy”, as a late flurry of punches, with few landing cleanly, seemed to blur the vision of the ringside judges. The result was not in serious doubt despite Mayweather stepping up to De La Hoya’s more natural light-middleweight limit.

Mayweather’s personality might not be to everyone’s liking, but one must give him credit for fighting the best opponents in five weight divisions – including Diego Corrales, Castillo, Arturo Gatti, Zab Judah, Carlos Baldomir and De La Hoya.

If Mayweather has a flaw, it is that incessant pressure seems to bother him and herein lies Mosley’s chance, for he has never fought another genuine ‘speedster’ like “Sugar” Shane.

Although both men started out at lower weights, Mayweather at super-feather and Mosley at lightweight, neither has lost speed whilst moving through the divisions. (This is something that Pacquiao seems to have mastered courtesy of his specific plyometrics training with strength and conditioning coach, Alex Ariza). Whilst both have undeniably fast hands, Mayweather should still have the edge, being six years Mosley’s junior and having taken relatively little punishment for a 40-fight veteran. Mosley on the other hand has had twelve more fights (46-5-1) and has been a pro since 1993. These factors could prove pivotal as Mosley may fall victim to Mayweather’s potent left jab whilst attempting to apply the tourniquet on the inside.

Unsurprisingly, the talking has already started. “The reason I fought Margarito is because I wanted to become the best welterweight out there, and I did that. May 1 is going to symbolise Mayweather’s first loss,” said Mosley. Mayweather predictably snapped back, “He’s a fighter, he’s supposed to say that, but guess what – there is no blueprint on how to beat me.”


The Sweet Science 03.29.10: Klitschko, Mayweather-Mosley

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Posted by Igor Frank

Vincent Van Gogh, a painter whose influence on modern art world is hard to measure, died largely unknown at the age of thirty seven on July 27, 1890; his brilliance acknowledged and appreciated years after passing.

Sometimes the world does not recognize genius until it is too late.

With his situation not as dire as the one of a Dutch painter in the 19th century, the top heavyweight on the planet Wladimir Klitschko is not a household name among American boxing fans. In fact, his heavyweight title defense against number one American contender Fast Eddie Chambers that took place at a sold out ESPRIT Arena in Dusseldorf, Germany was not even televised in United Sates. One of the HBO executives cited the reason for not televising the event was that since the older brother Vitali came out of retirement, the American public could not differentiate between the two. After talking with a fair share of boxing fans I have to admit; it is a fair assessment. But wouldn't that be the exact reason to televise the event?

Viewing live action via internet, I was able to observe shaped like an Adonis, supremely confident champion, Wladimir Klitschko systematically dismantle his opponent Fast Eddie Chambers over twelve one sided rounds and finally knock him out with seconds left in the fight. Fast Eddie had absolutely no answer against a weapon of choice of his adversary, a steel hammer like jab that was coming his way and penetrating the guard on regular basis. A giant of a man at six foot seven inches Klitschko moved around the ring with a grace of a welterweight, consistently throwing hard left jab befuddling Eddie with it; Wladimir could have won the fight with just a jab, because not much was coming back in return, but he was mixing it up with right hands, one of which staggered Chambers badly in the second stanza. To his credit Eddie did try a few things; he lifted the champion after clinch and slammed him to the ground in the second round to show the world that he would not be intimidated and he did try to get inside from time to time and land some body shots, but those attempts were too few to matter. Mostly Eddie was on the defense covering up, eerily reminding Joshua Clottey taking a beating a week ago from Manny Pacquiao. For all practical purposes, the fight was over after the seventh round as Eddie had no chance of hurting the champion and was just getting beat up round after round. I thought the fight could have been stopped after nine to allow Chambers to fight another day, but his team kept sending him out and urging him to fight without actually giving him any practical advice.

What really disturbed me was that team Chambers allowed Eddie to come out for the final round, thus putting him in harm's way for no reason at all; Chambers was pretty bruised up by then and lost all eleven rounds and possessing no power to speak of , he had no chance of winning the fight. The only person really animated was Emanuel Stewart, Wladimir's chief trainer who kept asking Klitschko to finish the job and to not let this fight go to another crappy decision. Even though it is very hard to stop a boxer who doesn't want to be knocked out and just covers up, Klitschko did listen to his trainer and desperately wanting to make fifty one thousand in attendance happy, he came out for the final round with a pernicious look in his eyes. Wladimir intensified his attack and kept driving depleted Chambers back with crisp combinations. Finally with an American fighter against the ropes and only few seconds left in the contest, Klitschko landed a short left hook that Eddie did not see because he was covering up. The punch that hurts the most is the one you do not see. And that is exactly what happened to Chambers who went down through the ropes face first at which point every one observing instantly knew that he was not getting up any time soon. After spending a few anxious minutes on the canvas Eddie did get up, but he could not remember the knock down.

Always a consummate sportsman Klitschko had high praise for his opponent: "Chambers is an extraordinary boxer. He is very, very quick and preemptive. In the last rounds I gave everything and I am very happy about the result. To me Chambers gave up mentally after round six. It's hard to hit somebody who is very passive and tries not to be knocked out."

Despite a brilliant performance and a dramatic stoppage Wladimir did not get a lot of love from American media. Most called the fight boring until the final round.

Klitschko's complete dominance over his opponents has become his curse. All fights involving Wladimir lately are predictable one sided beatings that lack drama or excitement. The only opponent for Klitschko at this point in time that would interest the American TV networks and fans would be David Hay. However , should Wladimir destroy him in a similar fashion to the way he did all of his previous opponents, he will get no credit at all as Hay is an over blown cruiserweight.

May be just like Van Gogh, the only way Klitschko will get recognized as a greatest heavyweight of our era, will be postmortem. Or may be an opponent will appear that would be able to bring out the best out of the current champion and cause the heavyweight division to return to its days of glory.

Is Floyd Trying To Clean Up The Sport Of Boxing?

Ever since earlier this year when the mega fight between two best boxers on the planet, Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. fell apart, questions and debates about the cause of the melt down rage on.

Just when it looked like that the only question about the most anticipated match up in years would be where to have it, Las Vegas or Dallas, Floyd Mayweather Jr. requested to implement an Olympic style drug testing prior to the fight. Pacquiao camp balked. Highly superstitious Pacquiao feels that drawing blood too close the fight time will take away from his strength. Mayweather Sr. publicly accused Pacquiao of being on the juice. Pacman and his people filed a defamation of character law suit. A Los Angeles judge was called in to mediate the negotiations between Pacquiao and Mayweather and to try to save the fight which would guarantee each boxer $25 million dollars, but it was too late; by this point in time only God could save the event and he decided not to meddle.

Pacquiao went on to destroy a very strong welterweight Joshua Clottey last Saturday in Dallas in front of record crowd of 51 thousand fans, in what turned out to be a one sided beating. As soon as the beating was over, everyone wanted to talk about Mayweather." Let commissions do their job," exclaimed Pacquiao's coach, Freddie Roach:" Just get in the ring and fight!"

Mayweather is going to face a welterweight champion Sugar Shane Mosley in Las Vegas on May first in a huge event. But what everybody is talking about is not the event itself, but the fact that Floyd forced Mosley to agree to Olympic style drug testing. Desperately needing a big money fight at the twilight of his career, Mosley would probably agree to tie one of his hands behind his back to fight Mayweather, but that is the subject for another story.

"Floyd Mayweather is trying to clean up the sport of boxing," said Leonard Ellerbe, Floyd's chief advisor, last Thursday during a first of its kind media telephone conference that discussed anti- doping drug testing program for Mayweather vs. Mosley:"Everybody who steps in the ring with him is going to be subjected to this."

Even though Mayweather Mosley is a thrilling match up with a final outcome far from being certain, all casual fans want to talk about is the possibility of Pacquiao Mayweather happening later on this year. Just yesterday my banker pulled me aside and said: Say, Igor, why doesn't Manny just take the darn drug test and fight Mayweather already?"

On the other hand, a famous boxing personality and one of the best cut men in the business, Tony Rivera had this to say about the subject: "Floyd never wanted to fight Pacquiao and he found a reason to get out of it."
To simplify, here is the issue at hand. Does Pacquiao really have something to hide? Is Mayweather really trying to clean up the sport or is he simply trying to gain an advantage with psychological warfare?

I first called Keith Keizer of Nevada State Athletic Commission who informed me that urine anti doping tests are administered before and after the fight. No blood tests are in protocol. Similar procedures are employed in California and New York. The only blood test required in California is when a boxer is applying for a license, but that test is mostly concerned with aids and hepatitis and does not check for steroids.

Last Thursday, during a media telephone conference, Travis Tygart, CEO of United States Anti Doping Agency explained the protocol of Olympic Style drug testing that was adopted for Mayweather Mosley Fight.

According to Mr. Tygart, after the orientation, beginning from March 22nd, both athletes will be subjected to random unannounced blood and urine tests leading all the way up to and after the fight. The number of tests will not be disclosed till after the event to insure maximum credibility. Any positive result will be published following legal procedures. So why is urine test not enough? Why not do a DNA test that will only involve a hair sample?

"The chemicals that cannot be detected in urine samples are HGH (human growth hormone), HBT, HBOC, and PATH" said Tygart.

According to Wikipedia HGH stimulates growth and cell reproduction and regeneration in humans and other animals. And HBT does not mean holistic body training.

"We cannot afford not to do it," said Tygart when asked about financial feasibility of the program:" Today, this is about clean athletes and their right to compete on a level playing field. If you are clean, you have no reason not to be a part of this program. In fact, you demand it."


Mayweather And Mosley: The Same But Different

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By Ray Williams

Floyd Mayweather & Shane Mosley are the same but yet so different. They are the same because they are both one punch fighters. Mosley lost to Miguel Cotto because for every hard right hand or left hook he would throw Cotto would answer back with 2 and 3 punch combinations.

When Mayweather fought Marquez he threw one punch at time. Rarely does either fighter throw combinations. When Mosley throws combinations it’s usually in the midst of a storm. When Mayweather throws combinations it’s usually when it’s safe for him to do so.

They are both defensive. A lot of times Floyd will use his legs to step out of range, and he will roll his shoulders to do so. Mosley will sometimes back out of his opponents punching range to avoid punches. For the most part he will parry punches, and use his elbows to block body punching.

They both have fast hands, and they both have leaping left hooks. They differ because one fighter is a pure boxer while the other is a 2 handed boxer puncher. Mosley has an aggressive style. He can also switch hit, in that he can fight southpaw, and orthodox and do it with power. I really believe that this fight will be better than what people think.

Mayweather is safety 1st, he relies on his brilliant defense and stamina. Zab Judah, Carlos Baldomir, Oscar De La Hoya, and Ricky Hatton all faded in the 2nd half of their fights with Mayweather. Marquez to his credit didn’t fade in his fight with Mayweather. But he was too small. Marquez weighed in at 142lbs at the fight, barely making welterweight by 2lbs. Mayweather weighed in at 146lbs, one lb under the welterweight limit. Mayweather had a natural 11lb weight difference over Marquez.

Marquez due to the 7lbs he gained in a 5 month period was slow of hand and foot. Much like the way Margarito was way to slow when he fought Shane Mosley. Like Margarito, Marquez had no defense for Mayweather’s offense. Mayweather’s last 4 opponents were flat footed fighters, much like Mayorga, and Margarito.

Shane relies on true grit which is something he has relied on during the course of his career. I mean let’s face it sugar has always been a fighter. A power boxer as Jack Mosley would put it. Shane has always been a very good body puncher. Jesse James Leigha told De La Hoya that Mosley punches to the body were a lot harder than his head punches.

Mayweather has had the better trainer throughout his career, in Roger Mayweather. He was a former champion fighting people like Julio Cesar Chavez, Pernell Whitaker, Harold Brazier, Livingstone Bramble, amongst others. He's been there so he has been able to give his nephew expert advice in the corners and in training because he was a former champ. Mosley has relied on physical instead of technical. The advice his dad has given him throughout his career has been questionable.

They are both consistent in their fighting styles. Mayweather consistently boxed Juan Manuel Marquez despite enjoying an 11lb weight advantage. He dropped Marquez with a left hook in the 2nd round of their fight. He never opened up on Juan to try to finish him. Defense, defense, defense that’s who Mayweather is.

Mosley is consistently aggressive. He consistently attacks the body, and he never hesitates to go for the KO. He will gamble and take risks. In round 11 & 12 of his fight with Cotto, It was Shane who was the aggressor, landing hard body punches. This fight should be billed Brains vs Brawn I can’t wait to see it.


Opinion: Pacquiao should face winnerof Mosley-Mayweather fight

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Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao may be considering three more fights before actually hanging his gloves for good. But he will have to kneel before his mother to get her blessings as he will have to renege on his earlier promise for one last fight.

Despite his announcement of possible retirement from professional boxing in deference to his mother's wishes for him to retire now for good, many of his local boxing fans believe that the pound-for-pound king will remain active for at least one more year.

The popular Filipino boxer is expected to make a deal with his mother for one last fight before retiring. It may be recalled that Pacquiao promised his mother after his bout with Miguel Cotto that he will do one last fight before hanging up his gloves. That one last bout was his recent encounter with Joshua Clottey of Ghana at the Dallas Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

One of the compelling reasons for Pacquiao to remain active for another year is probably the thought of beating Floyd Mayweather, Jr who remains undefeated in his entire professional boxing career. Mayweather and his camp have thrown too much 'trash' on the Filipino boxer. Pacquiao's local boxing fans say that the Filipino boxer should settle the long-drawn word war between him and Mayweather inside the ring.

The proposed Pacquiao-Mayweather fight was originally scheduled for Marcgh 13 but did not happen due to Mayweather's demand for an Olympic-style blood testing which Pacquiao declined saying that he had passed all drug tests conducted by the Nevada State Athletic Commission.
Mayweather accused Pacquiao of taking steroids or performance enhancing drugs during his last fights to gain added advantage over his opponents. Pacquiao denied such accusations and sued Mayweather and some members of his team in court for defamation.
The other compelling reason is the huge prize money that Pacquiao-Mayweather fight will generate for both boxers. Boxing analysts say that that each of them will earn at least $50 million excluding revenues from PPV and gate receipts.

The Filipino boxer may have thought that one year will be a safe period for him to make one last commitment to his mother on her call for early retirement.
In a year Pacquiao can make three more fights as trainer Freddie Roach projects. Roach said the Pacquiao-Mayweather match can still happen if they both bury the hatchet and let their punches do the talking.

“I’m sure there’s going to be a tradeoff between Manny dropping the lawsuit and him (Mayweather) dropping the drug test,” boxing’s hottest trainer told
But what if Mayweather is defeated by Mosley when they collide on May 1 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas? Surely Pacquiao will have to choose Mosley for his next mega fight as he (Mosley) will become the hottest boxing sensation by then. A Pacquiao-Mosley fight will also bring in huge revenues for both of them. If this happens, it would be Pacquiao's first match within the one year self-imposed fight calendar.

But then again, win or lose with Mosley, Pacquiao will have to face Mayweather to settle the issues and bad blood between the two most popular boxers. This will be Pacquiao's second in his calendar and if he wins he may just opt to retire for good unless an automatic rematch is provided for in their fight contract. If that happens, a third and last fight for the Filipino boxer is inevitable.


Sunday, March 28, 2010

“Floyd is Afraid to Fight Manny”

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By Epifanio M. Almeda
Mon, 29 Mar 2010

My good friend, Engr. Samson Tiukinhoy, texted to share his daughter’s (Dr. Susan Tiukinhoy) first hand conversation with George Foreman in a Houston elevator. Recognizing big George, Dr. Susan asked what he thinks of a fight between Manny and Floyd. The fearsome heavyweight champion of the world replied, “Floyd is afraid to fight Manny”.

Foreman knows first hand what happens when a fighter fears his opponent. The fighter who fears loses the fight even before the first bell rings. Ken Norton couldn’t look straight at George’s eyes and just bowed his head as the referee was giving the pre-fight instructions. The fight for the heavyweight championship was held on 26 March 1974 in Caracas, Venezuela. Muhammad Ali sat at ringside as a fight commentator.

George was undefeated when Norton was shoved forward to fight him after scoring a win over the great Ali. Norton couldn’t shake off his mind Foreman’s fearsome reputation of being a big puncher with a frightening KO record. George knocked down Norton’s good friend, Joe Frazier, six times before stopping him in the 2nd round to wrest the heavyweight championship of the world. Foreman and Norton were about the same size but George knocked down Norton three times in the second round to end the fight. Muhammad Ali identified the cause of Norton’s loss. Norton was scared of Foreman.

George’s observation on Floyd vs. Manny he shared with Dr. Susan confirms Floyd Mayweather Sr.’s own fear for little Floyd which the Sr. showed as he tried to identify the kind of performing enhancing drugs (PED) he accused Manny of taking. Who wouldn’t fear the Pacman who comes from a country whose World War II guerillas have a reputation of continuously charging forward despite facing a barrage of gunfire? If no gunfire could stop a guerilla from charging forward, how much less could Floyd’s brittle bare hands stop a such PED enhanced Manny who already has that reputed habit in the ring of always charging forward?

With little Floyd’s ability to come up with excuses for the fight not to happen, the Floyd-Manny fight may never happen. No disrespect intended for Shane Mosley, but Floyd is just too slick and too good for Shane to handle come May 1. Floyd’s been there facing a fighter many thought had a good chance to beat him. Diego Corrales, Jose Luis Castillo, Ricky Hatton, Oscar dela Hoya, to name them who had names in the fight game. Floyd didn’t fear them and he beat them all.

But Manny Pacquiao is different. He retired the 6 weight division champion Oscar giving him no round of 8, bulldozed Hatton in 2, and ate the best Miguel Cotto could dish out while still asking for more. It was the legitimate welterweight Cotto who said “no more” by dancing away from the charging Manny until what has become a mere semblance of a fight was mercifully stopped just before the end of the 12th round.

When Manny’s charging forward could not be stopped with a legitimate welterweight champion firepower, Manny must really be somebody no other else is. All these did not escape the Floyd Mayweather camp’s attention and Floyd Jr. himself despite his claims of intentionally not viewing Manny’s fights.

Floyd Jr. already has the advantages of size, reach and maybe his defensive skills and accurate counter punching. But what can these do to a fighter who “punches very hard” according to Marco Antonio Barrera, is “so fast” according to David Diaz, smiles after a great round of skirmish with his opponent in some of his good fights, and seems to be more motivated to charge further forward when hit and bloodied?

The over US$40 million guaranteed purse couldn’t make Floyd fight after Manny’s beat up of Miguel Cotto. With Manny’s recent shut out of Joshua Clottey who had the advantages of size, reach, a tight defense, and with a reputation of not having really been overwhelmed by fighters his size, Floyd will come up with even more excuses for the fight not to happen.

If he beats Mosley and the PPV buys outnumber the Pacquiao-Clottey number, expect Floyd to no longer agree to a 50-50 purse split. “Negotiations” will go nowhere as it did before. The Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao fight, which all and sundry want to see, will not happen.

And the reason is as what George Foreman told Dr. Susan, “Floyd is afraid to Fight Manny”.

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