The Floyd Mayweather Jr. Debate

Jess Matthew BeltranCorrespondent IIAugust 11, 2010

The rule of debate states that you should never concede that you agree with the other side or suggest compromise positions.

The Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao dispute have been there for such a long time that I have written a number of articles and debated a number of people just to make a point. And somewhere down the line it all comes back to rule number 1 never concede and never compromise. It’s a never ending road but there is always the truth which refutes all debates, the one thing that can never be disputed.

When Floyd Mayweather said he is the best boxer in history more than Sugar Ray Robinson and Muhammad Ali the” best fighter ever” is definitely a debatable topic. No one can claim legacies and no one can dictate history. Floyd maybe the most skilled boxer in our generation but he is definitely not the best fighter of all time. Muhammad Ali fought Joe Frazier and George Foreman the two most notable fighters in his time and Sugar Ray Robinson fought almost everybody with 200 professional fights. There are no comparisons in fact it’s not even close to any of them. The truth is we make our own destiny and we choose our own paths and the people decide our legacy.

The first negotiation between Manny and Floyd was stalled because of blood testing but when Manny agreed to all his terms we only heard about his minions defending him that there was no negotiation that took place days after Bob Arum set the deadline for Floyd to sign the contract. Floyd remains to be silent the whole time and Ross Greenburg HBO’s president supported Arum’s claim that there was really a negotiation between Arum and Floyd’s people. Sometimes silence is the most powerful scream and Floyd remained to be mum about it. There are many reasons why the fight never pushes through. Roger Mayweather, Floyd’s uncle and trainer has still litigations to tackle after battering his former lady boxer, Floyd can say that he doesn’t want a 50-50 purse split and he wants the bigger piece of the pie, He needs time and will be ready to fight next year or he will fight as long as Pacquiao signs an automatic rematch. But Floyd remains on vacation and there was not even one reason why a fight with Pacquiao never materialized. The dog that barks the loudest doesn’t bite and this time there wasn’t even one sound that came out of Floyd’s mouth.

Floyd can say he is the best or that he isn’t afraid of anyone and he is the face of boxing but we all know the truth. His legacy is yet to be written and nobody in boxing history says he is the best and became who he is if he doesn’t fought the toughest opposition in his era. “Each Warrior wants to leave the mark of his will, his signature, on important acts he touches. This is not the voice of ego but of the human spirit, rising up and declaring that it has something to contribute to the solution of the hardest problems, no matter how vexing!” and Pat Riley knows what he is talking and like any debate there is no better conclusion than this.