(The first mailbag of the new decade. For those of you who are new to my mailbag, welcome. I receive a lot of mail and questions about many different topics and decided to take on a mailbag and deliver frequently asked questions in the boxing world today.)
The hot topic has clearly been the battle between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao.
And we aren't talking about the ring. They have been going back and forth about steroid accusations and more recently Pacquiao has filed suit against the Mayweathers and Golden Boy Promotions, as well as Oscar De La Hoya, for defamation.
Pacquiao accuses them of attempting to destroy his image by saying that he has taken steroids when defeating Golden Boy's premier boxers. The fight has been on hold thus far. When asked whether he thinks the fight will be made, Bob Arum replied, "I don't know."
Well here it is, some of the most relevant questions in boxing today, from you, the fans.
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Manny Pacquiao isn't ready
"If Pacquiao is not scared of the fight with Mayweather then why is he afraid of taking a simple drug test. He states that he has never been tested positive before so why isn't he in line to prove once again for a fight of this magnitude. He can easily make about 50 million dollars, win or lose... He needs to suck it in and take the test."
Jeffery B. -St. Louis, MO.
Hi, Jeff. I don't believe Pacquiao is afraid to fight Mayweather. He knows the magnitude of the fight. But the thing is he doesn't feel that it is justice to look for testing now. He feels that the Mayweathers and Golden Boy are putting him in a lose-lose situation. And in a way they are. Even if Mayweather is defeated, the steroid cloud will surely dim the Pacquiao victory. I do agree that he should just take the test and give the fans what they want to see.
Pacquiao is on something
"Manny is clearly pumping the "roids". Evident from the shots that he took from Miguel Cotto, but he was knocked down by Marco Antonio Barrera. Are you telling me that Barrera has more power than Cotto?
Michael M. -Chicago, IL.
This has been a big question about Pacquiao. Indeed while moving up in weight he has been taking punches from much bigger and stronger opponents. He has not dropped once. But the Barrera fight was a couple years back and he got caught. With Cotto he knew where the power would come from. He was on guard for anything Cotto would throw with that straight left. Pacquiao hardly gets punched with the left anyway. So that should not be a sole reason that he is on something.
Mayweather is ducking Pacquiao
"Floyd is putting this drug testing to the forefront, because he knows that the undefeated record of his is in jeopardy. He is scared to fight Manny and everyone should know this."
Leslie O. -Schaumburg, IL
I think that you are missing the big picture here Leslie. Mayweather actually agreed to fight Pacquiao first. And rather quickly might I add. Floyd also came back when Pacquaio was on top, knowing that a demand for the fight would present itself. If he didn't want to fight Pacquiao, he would have stayed away. And knowing that he could easily make over $40 million, his previous IRS troubles would be a thing in the past. He's "Money" Mayweather, he won't walk away from that.
Bob Arum is bad for boxing
"I don't think Arum wants Pacquiao to fight because he feels that Mayweather has a good chance to beat him. Arum wants to milk Pacquiao for all he is worth before he enters a fight that he may lose."
Cliff, Bob Arum is indeed a promoter and if he can get all he can off a fighter, he will. But I agree that keeping the fight that everyone wants to see is clearly bad for the sport. He also placed a deadline for Mayweather to respond and that has been set for Monday.
Manny and no Mayweather
"If Mayweather is not on board by Arum's deadline, then a fight with Yuri Foreman or Paulie Malignaggi is on board. In my opinion Manny beats those guys easily. Why no Paul Williams?"
Aaron K.-Gary, IN.
Aaron, a Pacquiao-Williams battle would be great. But he is too dangerous and a loss could hurt the chances of a future battle with Mayweather. Arum doesn't want to lose any money off of his most prized boxer.
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