Words "Mayweather" and "Smart" Are Like Pancake and Maple Syrup

victorCorrespondent IJune 16, 2009

LAS VEGAS - MAY 02:  Boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. answers questions during a news conference announcing his return to the ring and his upcoming fight against Juan Manuel Marquez of Mexico on July 18 during the news conference at the Hollywood Theatre in the MGM Grand Hotel/Casino May 2, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Mayweather has not boxed since his bout against Ricky Hatton of England in December 2007.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

The uncertainly much-anticipated match between the un-vacationed Floyd Mayweather, Jr. and Juan Manuel Marquez had been cancelled. Apparently, Mayweather sustained a rib injury while in training.

Prior to that, most people think the scheduled bout is absurd, and some quarters had been very vocal about their dismay on why Mayweather chose a comparably small opponent for a come-back fight.

Now that it seems the fight will no longer happen, what will Mayweather do next?

Some are calling on him to make the real dream match happen by challenging the current pound-for-pound No. 1, Manny Pacquiao. Mayweather used to hold the top spot prior to his vacation from the sport.

If he truly means what he always says—he left on top and came back on top—the challenge for a showdown against Pacquiao would be the most logical thing to do. 

Some critics even say that if Mayweather is smart, he would issue the challenge, in an attempt to lure him to make the truly much-awaited match of the decade possible.

Floyd Mayweather, Jr. is indeed smart. That's why he will not issue the challenge to Pacquiao. He's such a slick businessman, he knew that he's got no cards at this moment to even push for an even-split deal.

He always knew he's the draw, against any other opponent that is. But against Pacquiao, he'll have to bargain.

If Mayweather is a real warrior, he would have issued the challenge to reclaim his throne right away on his comeback announcement. Terms of the deal should have been second. 

Understandably, a tune-up fight will have to be settled first. But at least the drama of the challenge is right there already, and there's nothing else the world can do but to wait for the event to happen.

Pacquiao and Bob Arum are very much aware of the schematics of Mayweather posturing. And they knew that Mayweather, despite having the opportunity, will not make a move that will lead both of them into the ring.

And so, all systems are go in terms of negotiation for a Pacquiao-Cotto match up.

Throughout his career, Mayweather had always been described as smart. Personally I haven't read a sentence yet that have both the words "Mayweather" and "brave" on it.