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Floyd Is Back: Boxing's Worst Kept Secret Is Finally Out of the Bag!

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Bill CodyCorrespondent IIIMay 2, 2009

Floyd Jr. is Back! Wow, what a shocker! What a surprise!

Um, well, not really. Mayweather has been training since last year and he's been in fight negotiations since January. So, today's big press conference is much more about posturing and promotion than anything else.

And who exactly is Floyd posturing for besides boxing fans and possible ticket buyers. One man...Manny Pacquiao.

Floyd wants Manny and he wants him bad. But he wants the fight on his terms. And he believes beating the one man who has given Manny fits will help with that.

The word on the street is that Floyd approached Manny's people as early as December, proposing a mega-fight between the two with a 60-40 split in favor of Mayweather.

Pacquiao's people said no, and took the fight with Hatton banking on Manny taking Hatton out even faster than Floyd, Jr. did and then proposing a new version of the 60-40 split—this time in favor of Pacquiao.

So, now Floyd is making his announcement the day of the fight to try and take some of the spotlight away from what many believe will be the Pac-Man's full fledged coronation as the most popular boxer in the world.

Of course there are two men who want to be party poopers in this scenario, Ricky Hatton and Juan Manuel Marquez. But that's boxing.

A lot of money has been lost over the years when lesser men than those two have risen to the occasion and knocked off the reigning champ.

I don't think that will happen this time, Manny's too quick for Hatton and Mayweather, too quick and big for Marquez.

But the possibility is there and I'm sure a lot of people will be holding their breath that Manny and Floyd get through these fights so this year's fight of the century can happen in the fall.

Me personally, I wish they were announcing a Paul Williams—Shane Mosely match up, because that's a fight I want to see.

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