Tomorrow Manny Pacquiao arrives in Los Angeles to start training for his March 13th fight with Joshua Clottey. It will take place in Jerry Jones brand new "Palace in Dallas".
Jerry Jones gladly paid a huge site fee to get the fight. He would have paid even more to stage the now cancelled Pacquiao-Mayweather fight, but he wasn't allowed to really bid on that fight because Floyd, Jr. refuses to fight in Texas.
Speaking of Floyd, he and his promoters have the MGM Grand on hold because they are supposedly going to stage a competing fight the same day. The problem is Mayweather and his handlers don't have an opponent.
As each day goes by, it is becoming more and more clear that they never will have an opponent for that date, and certainly not an opponent that will be able to compete with a Pacquiao-Clottey match.
Let's face it, if Mayweather attempts to go up against Pacquiao-Clottey with any of the fights that have been mentioned up to this point he will get killed at the box office. If you think Pacquiao destroyed Cotto, and he did, wait until the numbers of Pacquiao-Clottey stack up to Mayweather-Campbell, Mayweather-Malignaggi, or any of the other smallish stiffs that have been bandied about as opponents.
It will be a major beat down for Money May if he goes against Pacquiao with a bout as weak as that, especially coming off the stinker that was Mayweather-Marquez last September.
The fact is, Golden Boy needs to rein their guy in quick or he'll have to face Paul Williams or Shane Mosley for much less money that he would have made against Pacquiao. Those are really the only fights I can see for that night that will get Money May even close to the money he says he wants.
And as far as I'm concerned, a Pacquiao fight would be about even with a Mosley fight, and much easier than fighting Paul Williams. Fact is, Paul Williams would be a nightmare for any of these guys.
Money's other option is hoping Pacquiao beats Clottey and then comes back to the table with even more negotiating power than he had last time.
Which begs the question of what Mayweather's handler was thinking when they let the Mayweather-Pacquaio negotiations go south? Did they really not see this coming?
It seems to me the only thing Mayweather and Golden Boy accomplished in the botched negotiations was tarnishing Pacquiao. They certainly didn't do anything for Money May. Not for his reputation, not for his legacy, and certainly not for his bank account.
That's a total beat down in my opinion.
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