Floyd Mayweather: The Cowardly Lion!

John C. Sease, Jr.Correspondent ISeptember 4, 2010

LAS VEGAS - MAY 01:  Floyd Mayweather Jr. looks on from his corner against Shane Mosley during their welterweight fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 1, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Mayweather Jr. defeated Mosley by unanimous decison.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
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In the animal kingdom, few beasts invoke such fear causing other animals to tremble with relative ease as a male lion.

The combination of their immense stature, proud and abundant mane, booming roar, and fierce predatory instinct makes them the most feared of all animals in the predatory chain.  However, when you take a closer look at the lion, you notice it is the female lion that does the hunting, raises the cubs, and keeps order within the pride.

Oh yes...occasionally, the male lion will flex his muscle with a mighty roar to remind the other animals he is still present; while at the same time, relaxing in the shade avoiding any real confrontation or any activity that would require him to exert the slightest bit of effort. 

The aforementioned scenario is reminiscent of the cowardly lion from the Wizard of Oz.  He would produce a mighty roar to remind people of his presence, however, once confronted, he would cower into a docile cat that wanted to avoid confrontation.

Well, it appears that Floyd Mayweather, Jr. is the 2010 version of the "Cowardly Lion."

Few boxers have displayed the level of disrespect, disdain, and classlessness that Mayweather has displayed throughout his career toward other fighters.  Sure, we all know there is a certain level of bravado that comes with the territory of being a boxer. 

However, the fake bravado displayed by Mayweather toward Manny Pacquiao makes absolutely no sense.  If you listen to the recent video rant of Mayweather trashing Pacquiao, you would tend to believe it is Pacquiao avoiding a fight with Mayweather instead of the opposite.

It has been obvious since the cancellation of their fight that the "booming cowardly roar" of Mayweather has been nothing more than an outward facade of courage and newfound integrity in an attempt to avoid a fight with Pacquiao.

You need to look no further than the obvious to determine that Mayweather's roar is that of a cowardly lion.

First, let's examine his nickname.  He refers to himself as Floyd "Money" Mayweather.  Anyone that has witnessed the career of Floyd Mayweather knows that he is obsessed with money and all of the trappings associated with the accumulation of money. 

He outwardly displays an obscene and perverted level of ostentation of which he makes no apologies.  If you examine the recently released video rant, he brags about how much money he commands for a fight versus the amount commanded by Pacquiao.

His extreme obsession with money leads to the obvious questions.  Why would a person obsessed with money turn down a fight that would have easily been his biggest payday ever in excess of $50 to 60 million? 

Also, why would a person that has never displayed one iota of class, dignity, or integrity all of a sudden cancel a mega fight because of his new found platform of integrity as it pertained to drug testing? 

Up to that point, did he ever outwardly protest a fight for which he was to be paid in excess of $20 million because of drug testing?  If he has, then I do not remember the occasion!

Rather than being a man and admitting that he does not want to take a chance ruining his perfect record or his boxing legacy, he has chosen the path of demeaning Manny Pacquiao in an attempt to mask the fact that he is just a cowardly little lion avoiding meaningful confrontation.

In order to cement his legacy, Floyd Mayweather must fight Manny Pacquiao while they are both in the prime of their careers.  Until then, we will be forced to listen to his cowardly profanity-laced rants while he attempts to mask his obvious fear of Pacquiao. 

My only hope is that Mayweather finds the yellow brick road and reaches the wizard in time to be granted courage.  That will be the only way that we will ever witness the fight that Mayweather obviously is trying his best to avoid.