By Kirk Jackson
In light of recent news of Floyd Mayweather’s postponement of jail sentencing for his domestic issues, once again there has been rumblings of a potential block buster match up between Manny Pacquiao and Mayweather.
The only problem is Team Pacquiao.
For those who do not know, Mayweather will not have to serve time in jail until the 1st of June, leaving the original date of May 5th intact. Basically, the dooms day date for Pacquiao if he decides to man up and take the challenge,
In reaction to the postponement of Mayweather’s impeding sentencing and the possibility of matching Pacquiao against Mayweather in May, Bob Arum stated, “I don’t think it has any impact, no impact at all. Manny isn’t going to be ready to fight until summer time.”
Arum continued, “Manny has a severe cut, which Pacquiao suffered in a November win over Juan Manuel Marquez, which would prohibit the Filipino star from fighting until late spring, at the earliest.”
So the fight against Marquez took place in November right? Mr. Arum, you mean to tell the public that Pacquiao would have over five months to heal and prepare for this fight and the cut won’t be healed in time?
Andre Ward recently had a cut that postponed his fight against Carl Froch but the fight was only delayed about a month and a half.
But Pacquiao can’t get ready for a fight in May?
You say he will be ready in June or July, conveniently when Mayweather will be behind bars?
I have said this for awhile, despite all of the effort Top Rank Promotions, the ESPN Networks, even some world renown journalist/sports personalities have tried to deceive the public with, but the fact is Pacquiao has been ducking Mayweather.
He has been ducking competition period, and I’m not even mad at him for doing so.
Pacquiao reserves the right to choose whoever he wants to fight. Ultimately it’s his health, his life on the line. The only problem I have is all of the false accolades and hype these so called sports writers and media personalities want to bestow upon Pacquiao.
But he does not deserve the acclaim he is awarded with, especially for fighting predominately washed up fighters as of late.
His promoter Bob Arum likes to puff his chest out and exclaim certain things, but at the end of the day, he along with his star fighter is all bark and no bite.
“I will fight whoever, I am a fighter of the people.” A common sentence uttered after every one of his fights.
I don’t want to hear that, because you haven’t shown that.
But Mayweather is the one that fights for money, not pride or not for the people
So do you, you’re the same way. As a matter a fact, you’re worse. At least Mayweather is honest about fighting for large checks.
It’s not a problem fighting for large sums of money, but at the end of the day it’s honorable to fight for fair rates, and to fight guys who deserve that chance to go up against you. It’s honorable to test your abilities and fight the best opposition out there.
You claim to be an honorable fighter.
Claiming not to fight for money, but opted to fight against a 39 year old washed up Shane Mosley, who was coming off an one sided, comprehensive beat down from the hands of Mayweather, and a putrid performance that resulted in a draw against the likes of Sergio Mora?
According to Abac Cadero of the Philippine Star, Pacquiao is willing to fight Marquez for a fourth time, but only under the guarantee of receiving no less than a fighting purse of 28 million dollars?
In an interview with local media in his home province, when asked about his next opponent and the possibility of facing Marquez for a fourth time, Pacquiao proclaimed, “basta hindi bababa sa 28 million.”
Pacquiao is basically fighting for money and fighting guys with name recognition even if they are washed up.
The same reasons you opted to fight Miguel Cotto over Mosley a few years back, with Cotto being the larger name. It also didn’t hurt he was coming off a devastating loss and you MADE him meet you at a catch weight, another thing you’re good at.
You have ducked Mayweather for the past three years.
Your reasons being because of the random Olympic testing and what not. There has already been a ton of coverage regarding that whole issue, but at the end of the day, you were not willing to undergo the same testing Mayweather himself would go through as well and the fight never manifested.
To add on, your refusal to undergo testing displays your guilt. I don’t want to hear about your excuses of the blood process sapping your strength, or you being afraid of needles because it is all bull.
You have plenty of tattoos, there is video footage of you giving blood and there are plenty of athletes who get tested on a regular basis before participating in a sporting event and they are not affected by the small loss of blood.
You have always asked for concessions in your major fights, and in this case in particular, Mayweather conceded.
You guys had a 50-50 split on the purse, despite him being the bigger attraction ppv and money generating wise, he made your concession to gloves, ring size, and the 10 million dollar weight penalty, none of which by the way is in the Nevada State Athletic Commission.
All you had to do is take some blood tests. Some blood tests, and risk getting dominated inside the ring for the biggest pay day of your life. Some simple blood tests, for one of the biggest prize fights in history.
The reason you do not want to face Mayweather is you know he will out box you and make you look foolish. Mayweather is basically a stronger, faster, and even more intelligent version of your worst nightmare Marquez. Oh and Mayweather also has a five inch reach advantage over you.
ESPN, HBO and other media outlets do a great job of hiding your true self. You’re not the good character person they make you out to be. And there is no problem being who you are, you have that freedom. Who am I of all people to judge right? But the same thing should apply to Floyd Mayweather, to Mike Tyson, to Oscar De La Hoya, to whoever for that matter, but It doesn’t.
No one mentions your gambling habits, or alcoholic splurges among other things I won’t even mention.
As far as it goes within the boxing ring, you’re definitely a talented fighter, no doubt about that. But you’re not as good as they want to make you seem, and you have not only ducked Mayweather, but ducked other solid opposition for years.
Juan Diaz, Zahir Raheem, Joel Casamayor, Joan Guzman, just to name a few.
You have been ducking Marquez for years and the last fight that took place between you two shows why. Marquez made you look foolish, and you know deep down inside you lost that fight, among the other ones that took place between you two.
That’s probably why you want a guaranteed 28 million for that fight. Guess what, you can make even more than 28 million if you step up and fight Floyd Mayweather.
Take the test, and fight the best guy there is out there for you.