Cue "Hearts on Fire" and hitch up the sled dogs—Floyd Mayweather Jr. is no longer futzing around.
After several weeks of soft-shoeing about with "sit-ups" and "running," Mayweather is finally getting down to brass tacks for his superfight against Manny Pacquiao and breaking out the meat and potatoes of a real boxer's training schedule: fur-knuckled, outdoorsman activities.
The five-division world champion uploaded another shot across the bow in his ongoing hype battle with Pacquiao on Sunday night: a video of him chopping wood.
Nothing fancy here. No Justin Bieber cameos or glory boy jogging. Just a man, his axe and the meaty thunk of steel biting lumber. Mayweather is officially an ox cart and a snowbound yurt away from running to the top of a rocky outcrop and yelling, "MANNYYYY!"
An obligatory Rocky mashup:
This is what we've been waiting for. These two are finally taking off the kidskin gloves and getting serious about this fight.
Of course, Mayweather chopping wood can only be construed as a direct response to Pacquiao's trainer Freddie Roach saying the 38-year-old champ is "not a good role model" during an interview with Jim Rome on Friday.
Would a bad role model roll up his sleeves like the Brawny man for some good old-fashioned lumberjacking? Never. It's not in the bad role model DNA.
We'll see how Pacquiao responds, but I believe I speak for all of us when I say I hope this back-and-forth escalates into full-blown yak-squatting and wolf-tossing before their May 2 fight.
Dan is on Twitter. Wolf-tossing is all about proper form.