Move Over Chris Rock Because Everybody Hates Floyd Mayweather
One of my favorite television shows is "Everybody Hates Chris" written by Chris Rock.
A new show is being written by analysts, commentators, bloggers, and anyone else with a boxing opinion.
Everybody Hates Floyd.
One can't help but notice the amount of people who complain about Floyd Mayweather, Jr.'s resume, his toughness and, my favorite, "his antics outside of the ring."
The facts are in plain sight.
He is an UNDEFEATED boxer.
He clearly is a defensive fighter who counteracts his opponents actions. People complain about him being a "fraud" or "soft" because he doesn't get hit much. The name of the game is to win and avoid getting hit to keep the opponent from getting points.
The motives behind people's commentary seem a bit jaded by the fact that he likes to talk a lot of smack, he controls who he wants to fight, and he loves and spends a lot of money.
NEWSFLASH: Boxing is a sport, but ultimately it's a business. That business has no love for you when you suffer a devastating loss. See Roy Jones, Jr.
Jones, Jr. was one of the greatest. He actually defeated Antonio Tarver in the first fight, but his critics weren't satisfied. So he took on a rematch with a man who was hellbent on beating him since they were teenagers. BOOM!
One punch changed everything. As I watched Roy lay on that canvas, I couldn't help but wonder why he was in that ring in the first place. Especially after moving up to heavyweight class and beating John Ruiz for a title. I grew an enormous respect for Jones for giving Tarver that opportunity, but it doesn't mean it made any sense.
Floyd and his camp will not let anyone dictate who he fights, and he gets criticized for that. But above all he is a man who is used to providing a lavish lifestyle for himself and his family. What's wrong with wanting that?
In the wake of Manny Pacquiao's devastating victory over Miguel Cotto, the roars for the dream matchup are at their zenith. I am among those people roaring for it. Not because I think Floyd has anything to prove, but because it is the best fight available and it has run it's course. It makes sense for both fighters logically and monetarily.
Floyd can't and won't avoid this fight because the payday will be the biggest of his career. The guess would have to be that both fighters will earn upwards of $20 million each.
He earned $10 million for the fight with J.M. Marquez, who has been Pacquiao's toughest test since early in his career. More importantly, Floyd technically broke Marquez into pieces. The knock on that: "He was too small for Floyd."
Time is money, and I mention that because $20 million will equal two other less significant fights for Floyd. If the fight is good enough, he may be able to cash in close to $40 million in total if they opt for a rematch.
Makes perfect sense for a man who retired but came out of retirement because of alleged financial issues with the IRS.
No other fighter in the near future will generate as much revenue for Floyd as Pacquiao. Realistically, even if he were afraid of Manny, the money Mayweather would be looking for isn't available anywhere else.
I love seeing a slugfest, but I also enjoy a technical boxing match where the superior fighter takes advantage of the other fighter's aggression or lack thereof. Floyd is the master of that dojo.
While I understand how Manny Pacquiao's success could cause tension for those who oppose Mayweather, his legacy won't change regardless of the outcome. He's already won the hearts of many, including mine.
But Floyd has everything to lose in a world of boxing where most people love to hate him.
If he wins, people will have no choice but to say he is a great fighter. But they will grind their teeth in the process.
If he loses, there will be a chorus of "I told you so's" in reference to him not being one the most elite boxers of this generation.
The loss column on Floyd resume always reads ZERO, but ultimately he seems to be defeated by the high standard that he set for himself at such an early age.
The story goes like this.
Jose Catillo was too sound of a boxer for him. Diego Corrales was too big for him. Gatti was too fierce and too much of a warrior for a young Floyd. Carlos Baldomir was definitely too big. De La Hoya would finally give him a defeat. Marquez is one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world.
All of that was said just to be put in reverse as to why they weren't good enough in the first place.
The hate will sadly never end.
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