Floyd Mayweather Planning To Go Straight at Manny Pacquiao Next?

Paul MagnoCorrespondent IJune 14, 2009

LAS VEGAS - JUNE 11:  Boxer Floyd Mayweather, Jr. appears outside his boxing gym sporting a new  American flag wrap in recognition of Flag Day on June 14 June 11, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Mayweather is training for his welterweight fight against Juan Manuel Marquez on June 18.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Sometimes in boxing, the best stories are the ones between the lines.

Following the announcement that the Mayweather-Marquez fight was off, I couldn't help but put the clues together. It's led me to the theory that Mayweather is planning on going right into a Manny Pacquiao fight without the benefit of a tune-up.

Mayweather's rib injury came right after Bob Arum surprisingly announced that he would be willing to make a 50/50 split on a Pacquiao-Mayweather bout. With Cotto suffering a deep gash over his eye, an October Cotto-Pacquiao bout is not realistic. And by all accounts, Manny is not at all interested in fighting Shane Mosley.

That would leave Mayweather as the only major-money opponent available to the Pacquiao camp.

On Mayweather's side, early indications had to point to the fact that his bout with Marquez would not be selling as well as previously thought, and, with the help of the "Golden Boy" brain trust, a change in plans had to be made in order to save an embarrassing spanking at the box office and among PPV buyers.

Don't be surprised if Mayweather-Marquez is called off soon and Mayweather-Pacquiao is announced. Also, if that happens, expect Juan Manuel Marquez to be tossed the consolation prize of a bout with Edwin Valero and a promise to fight the winner of Floyd vs. Manny.