Has Pretty Boy Floyd Already Blown His Comeback?

Bill CodyCorrespondent IIIJune 23, 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)

So, now that Manny Pacquiao appears to be fighting Miguel Cotto in what could possibly be his last fight, the question a lot of boxing fans are asking is what exactly did Floyd Mayweather, Jr. come out of retirement for anyway?

It is known that he has been training off and on almost since he announced his first retirement, and he's been making noises that he wanted to fight the Pac-Man just as long and he had been in negotiations with Pacquiao's promoter Bob Arum all through the spring.

But, Pacquiao's handlers were stunned by Mayweather's announcement that he was fighting Juan Manuel Marquez in July just hours before the Pac-Man entered the ring to destroy Ricky Hatton.

So, why did the Pretty Boy choose to fight Marquez when the bigger fight was obviously with Manny?

And now, with his rib injury initially derailing the Marquez fight, Mayweather had another opening to fight Pacquiao and he didn't take it, even though Top Rank put out feelers about making the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight happen in October.

The fact is Pacquiao and his handlers wanted the Mayweather fight, and would have given him a better deal than anything Cotto or Mosely could possibly get.

It is also now quite possible that Mayweather and Pacquiao will never get together in the ring because Pacquiao and his people have already said he'll fight one or two more times before moving on to politics in the Philippines where he is a national hero.

One of those fights is now taken, and if Mayweather continues to stall then the other fight will go to Shane Mosely if Pacquiao beats Cotto, like many people believe he will.

And, as far as legacy fights, Cotto and Mosely will easily cement Pacquiao's status as one of the five greatest fighters ever.

Mayweather, on the other hand, increasingly tarnishes his legacy by his continued tendency to find reasons to avoid the top fighters like Pacquiao and Mosely.

Rumors abound that he owes millions to the IRS, so perhaps Mayweather's comeback is only a money grab.

If it isn't a money grab, then PBF needs to start acting more like Shane Mosely who went as far as sending out a fake press release to try and get Pacquiao in the ring.

Because right now, the clock is ticking on the kind of legacy fights he needs to be mentioned with the all time greats.

As an addendum to this article, here's a link to a video showing PBF getting batted around by Paul Spadafora in a sparring session. This butt kicking is why Floyd, Jr. fired his Dad and went back to training with his Uncle.