I believe the reason Floyd Mayweather will not negotiate, discuss or consider to fight Manny Pacquiao is simple – he knows Pacquiao has what it takes to, not just outpoint or decision him, brutally knock him out.
Floyd understands boxing talent and sees in Pacquiao many qualities which have psyched him out. Pacquiao has the quiet confidence, speed, power, accuracy and fearless, relentless aggression which are far beyond anything Floyd has ever had to deal with. On top of that, Floyd sees how Pacquiao is spiritually motivated and inspired so powerfully by the love of his Filipino people and also by his own love for his Filipino people. This is another intangible factor, far beyond anything Floyd can comprehend. And it frightens him to the point where he doesn’t want to fight and lacks the will to fight (though Floyd would have long ago fought Pacquiao if he was reasonably sure he could win).
Deep in his heart, Floyd knows he was manufactured and much of his illusory career success is based on his “team” making “smart business decisions”, strategic ducking and dodging, and scheming, timely, fake retirements/vacations. Floyd understands, by contrast, the success of Manny Pacquiao has come as a result of a method that he doesn’t have (or perhaps lost) the courage to try himself – by facing and overcoming ultimate adversity and figuring out ways to defeat the best fighters in their primes.
So we have arrived at the point – Floyd will not talk about or consider the idea of fighting Pacquiao because he knows it will be his inevitable doom and demise. His gigantic ego is shattered by this crushing realization. The recent spate of embarrassing personal problems are reflective proof that Floyd’s inner turmoil caused by his self-shame of cowardly ducking Manny Pacquiao is like a curse, haunting him day after day, week after week, month after month. It’s like a slow death. There is no escape, no peace, no refuge. Deep down Floyd knows he’s a coward – and it’s eating him alive.
All the money in the world is not enough to convince a frightened coward to fight a fight he knows he will be knocked out in.
Like Archie Moore said about boxing Muhammad Ali, “The worst feeling in the world is fighting a fight you know you can’t win.”
Floyd Mayweather knows fighting Manny Pacquiao is the bitter end.
I would not be surprised if Floyd has suffered multiple nightmares, awakened in sheer, screaming terror at the shocking, tragic psychological imagery of being brutally knocked out by Manny Pacquiao, in an even more vicious manner than Cotto, De La Hoya or Hatton endured.
This is why Floyd can’t answer calls or negotiate about boxing Manny Pacquiao. Because he knows with 100% certainty he will be destroyed.
You question this theory? Then ask yourself, how would Floyd act if there was a better, stronger more complete fighter than himself who came along and scared him to death? Floyd would be behaving exactly like he is!
It’s the only explanation for Floyd’s recent behavior and inaction. Under the facade, under the mask, under the lies, Floyd Mayweather is scared to death.
And for a fighter as talented as Floyd, the only thing that could possibly scare him so profoundly would be the spectacular emergence of another far superior rival fighter. His name is Manny Pacquiao.
“The humble shall be exalted and the exalted shall be humbled.”
(Mayweather artwork created by Filipino-bases artist John Paul Raloto.)