Mayweather doesn’t want to fight Cotto, he wants to dodge Pacquiao.
While beating Cotto would be another notch in Money’s belt, this is not the ultimate payoff Mayweather is looking for. The star wants to be the greatest of all time, but he knows he would have to beat Pac-Man to do that.
As much as he will claim that fighting the dangerous Pacquiao doesn’t scare him, Floyd has real fear in his heart that Pac-Man could rob him of his perfect legacy.
Mayweather ranted to ESPN about the possible fight with Pacquiao and why his health is more important than fighting the Filipino star:
Health is more important than anything because guess what? When my career is over, if I'm hurt because of something that has happened in a fight, I can't come to you and say, 'I need (money).' People say, 'We don't give a f--- if he's taking or not; we just want to see the fight. We don't give a f--- about your health and we don't give a f--- about your family.' I care about my family. I love my family. They're going to be there when no one else is there. When my career is over, you're all going to move on to the next one…This is how the world is, you get writers saying, 'Floyd is scared.' No, Floyd cares about his family. Floyd is smart. You all know for a fact I'm not scared. You all know that.
We all don’t know that, Floyd.
All boxers know what they are getting into when they start the sport, and health risks are just part of the game. Look at every older boxer that had a successful career and you will see the symphony of the physically and mentally broken.
While Money wants to say he is trying to avoid it, that fate is already his. Fighting Manny won’t change how much suffering he will do later in life; unless Pacquiao knocks him out.
From all accounts, Manny has agreed to take all tests prior to a possible super fight, but it is the Mayweather camp that is refusing the advances for a possible bout. In a never ending war of words, the fans just want to see a fight.
Fear is as natural as the earth itself, but how a boxer controls that depicts how good that star will be over their career. While Mayweather has been scared before, he has never faced a fear with a left hand as powerful as Pac-Man’s.
It’s obvious that Mayweather will never acknowledge he is scared of Pac-Man, but reading between the lines of what Mayweather says exposes just how deep his fear resides.
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