Posted on 12/16/2010
David Haye is a good boxer but he’s also a proven deceiver and ducker. So anything he says about fighting a Klitschko is not to be taken a face value.
Lately, Haye, as usual, is talking out of both sides of his mouth about boxing Wladimir in March or April of 2011. In the same interview Haye says he’s “pretty certain” a deal will be reached but also states, ‘if for one reason or another it doesn’t happen, it wasn’t meant to be.”
These are not promising words from a man who has shown extreme reluctance and hesitation to fight either Klitschko. Promising words are, “I am 100% sure we will make the fight this time.”
I have a very, very strong suspicion Haye is playing both sides because deep down, he is totally imtimidated and psyched out and completely knows he has no chance to survive against Wladimir Klitschko. Haye has a secret agenda to duck the fight, by any means necessary. Which means, he will create any kind of deception or tell any lie to preserve his career from a tragic knockout loss by Wladimir Klitschko. All is fair in love and war, no?
“If it’s meant to be it’s meant to be, if it isn’t it isn’t,” are the cryptic words used by Floyd Mayweather sometimes when he makes rare public comments about boxing Manny Pacquiao, whom he clearly fears. “Some fights aren’t meant to be,” were also the prophetic December 2009 words of George Peterson about Pacquiao vs. Mayweather. Mr. Peterson is the manager/trainer of Paul Williams who works closely with Al Haymon who is the advisor of Williams and Mayweather. George Peterson knew of the secret Team Mayweather plans to duck Pacquiao and revealed it to me in those words.
I strongly sense Haye, while pretending and posing a public posture of sometimes desiring to box Wladimir Klitschko, has a secret plan to duck and avoid Klitschko because he doesn’t want to see his career ruined like what happened to Calvin Brock, Chris Byrd, Sultan Ibragimov, Hasim Rahman, Lamon Brewster, Elicier Castillo, Ray Austin, Tony Thompson and Sam Peter.
Here is my theory: Haye is using the smokescreen of his supposedly planned retirement in October of 2011 as his safety net. First, of course, Haye will stage the faked negotiations again with K2 – which are going on right now – then Haye will kill the fight once again by claiming the deal is not fair.
Haye then will fight one or two more easy, handpicked opponent before retiring in October next year. But it will be a fraud retirement of course, just like the scams perpetrated by Mayweather. After the phony retirement, Haye, probably by Spring of 2012, will have a couple of British journalists pen articles pleading him to come back, and bring his personality, charisma and excitement back to the boring heavyweight division.
Which, of course, Haye will do, by fighting some more easy, set-up opponents as part of his “comeback.” By this time, Vitali will be well over 40 and likely retired and a frustrated and bored Wladimir, could possibly be retired also.
When a good fighter like Haye is deeply scared and afraid to fight a great fighter like Klitschko, sometimes there’s nothing that can be done. No matter how many millions are used to entice the reluctant fighter. Case in point, Riddick Bowe who refused to fight Lennox Lewis. And to a degree, Lennox who turned down many millions to face Vitali in the rematch (though Lewis was 37 going on 38 and didn’t really need to prove anything). And for sure, add Mayweather, who can’t seem to find the courage to step up to face Manny Pacquiao.
Haye is beaten. But boxing is business nowadays, more than it is a sport. And there are ways for the businessman to cut his losses before they happen. And for some fighters, who know their limitations, like Haye, they must be very careful and protective by making “smart business decisions” which contradict what the fans, media and powers that be of the sport want.
No matter how close or how far apart the current negotiations go, don’t be surprised if the “Hayefaker” continues to play his game of fakery with the Klitschko. Some things never change.
And sometimes, the biggest and best fights never do happen.
“It’s the worst feeling in the world when you’re in a fight you know you can’t win.” –Archie Moore on boxing Muhammad Ali