Until last week Floyd Mayweather Jr. had always gotten his way.
The self-professed "Boy" who has amassed a 40-0 record fighting cherry-picked opponents—which he defeated via psychological warfare before setting foot into the ring—finally met his match.
Seven-time world champion, Manny Pacquiao.
The pair were set to square off on March 13 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. It was a fight that would determine once and for all the "Pound-for-Pound King" of an era.
But something went horribly wrong before fight negotiations could be finalized. Pacquiao refused to let Mayweather call the shots.
And the results have been deafening...Literally.
Suddenly masquerading as a "messiah of fairness, equality and level-playing fields." Mayweather, who just four months earlier had no problems cheating Juan Manuel Marquez out of a fair fight, demanded that Olympic-style drug testing be a part of this fight with Pacquiao.
Cursed with an ego that's robbed him of most basic human thought-processes and emotions, it wasn't very difficult for Mayweather to believe he could convince the most explosive and cross-culturally appealing phenom since Mike Tyson to agree with his outlandish demands.
It would be an exercise in futility that ultimately would serve only to irritate Pacquaio and disrupt him from his intense training sessions, providing Mayweather with the advantage that he and his ego thought he deserved.
But the Filipino icon wasn't interested in becoming one of Mayweather's disciples easily influenced by grandiose statements such as "all roads lead to Floyd Mayweather Jr!"
Pacquiao knew that if anyone should be grateful for the opportunity to step into the ring with anyone else, it was Mayweather who should be grateful for the opportunity to step into the ring with him.
Unfortunately though, for fight fans around the world and for himself, Mayweather couldn't see this. His ego wouldn't allow him to recognize that there was a new champion in town, someone bigger, stronger and much more attractive than his "Pretty" self.
Coherent vision was apparently one of the many things he'd been robbed of.
But now that Mayweather and his ego have finally fallen silent—and never before having missed an opportunity to spread his lips and spew out the venom that rots deep inside his soul—we should take notice of this joyous event and celebrate.
Honoring the humble greatness that is Manny Pacquiao...The People's Champ.*