Mo' Money, Mo' Problems: For the Good of Boxing, Mayweather Needs To Go Away

Arturo GuerraCorrespondent IOctober 11, 2010

Somewhere, Floyd Mayweather, Jr. is plotting his next move. 

Let’s hope that his next move is out of the sport of boxing—for good.

To be sure, Floyd is one of the all-time greatest boxers I have ever seen. His quickness is nothing short of breath taking. His punches deadly accurate. His command of the ring pretty much unrivaled.

When Floyd was shaken by Shane Mosley ever so briefly in their fight, I had almost the same feeling I did when Buster Douglas rocked Mike Tyson. Like, ‘Whoa, is this really happening? Floyd doesn’t get touched, he is always in command."  Floyd has plowed his way through every fighter he has decided to face and stands with that zero next to his record.

To that, I say thank you Floyd for the entertaining years. Please take your undefeated record and exit stage left. 

You see, Floyd has become a caricature of himself.  Now he is going down a destructive path, and if he continues to be associated with the sport, he will take boxing with him.   In his quest for money and fame—which is No. 1 and 1A in Floyd’s life—he is willing to ruin the sport that has given him the life that he has today.

First it was his "retirement."  After seemingly toying with Ricky Hatton for nine rounds, Floyd decided to end it and beautifully set Hatton up with a crushing blow Hatton never saw coming. Floyd should have ended his boxing career there. 

From there he went on to an appearance in the WWE.  If he had stayed retired from boxing, the move would not have seemed so foolish.  But now that he is back, it does not help boxing that one of its main stars was involved in a "sport" that is known to be fixed.  You can say it was just entertainment, but boxing has enough trouble fighting the perception of fixed fights, having its fighters involved in WWE does not help.

Then Floyd decides he needs more money or fame or both.  So he says is going to grace boxing once again with his presence.  He says he will fight Juan Manuel Marquez at a 144 lbs catch weight.  Floyd embarks on training and then injures his rib and postpones.  Then, when he does come in for the fight, he is unable to make weight.  So already at a huge advantage size wise, Floyd disrespects his opponent and the sport by not even making weight. 

After Floyd disposes of Marquez, the world is clamoring for "The Fight."  The two greatest pound-for-pounders—Manny Pacquiao vs. Floyd Mayweather, Jr. 

Surely Floyd will see that his star will be brightest and wallet will be fattest with this fight, right?  That it could help boxing gain momentum from MMA and UFC if it happens.  But no, Floyd all of a sudden makes up an excuse about drug testing, saying it should be required in all fight and that he refuses to fight Pacquiao unless he will take it up to the day of the fight. 

Never mind Pacquiao agrees to take testing 24 days before the fight.  Never mind Pacquiao says he will take a test immediately following the fight.  Never mind there is absolutely no reason to believe Pacquiao has taken any performance enhancers.  Mayweather is adamant on cleaning up the sport.

This is wrong on many levels. 

No. 1: Manny Pacquiao has never tested positive for any type of drug—ever.  The mere insinuation of this, let alone the accusation by not only Floyd but his convicted drug felon, uneducated father, is out right slander. 

No. 2: Since when is a boxer dictating to an entire sport what its rules should be?  Floyd would you also prefer a knockout count only be seven seconds?  Would you like the rounds to be only one minute long? 

Floyd is trying to dictate the terms not only to Pacquiao, but to an entire sport as to how things should down.  As great as Peyton Manning is in football, as great as Kobe Bryant is in basketball, as Tiger Woods is at golf—no one is bigger than their sport.  No one can or should dictate rules, slander their peers and ridicule a sport.

No. 3: To say boxing has failed at drug testing calls boxing's validity as a sport into question.  Floyd saying he needs to clean up the sport insinuates that it is dirty, which incriminates all fighters. 

Funny, the guy who is fined for not being able to make weight in his previous fight is now a crusader to make sure all rules are followed.  The same guy who takes pain killers, which are illegal in several states, to stave off pain in his brittle hands (allegedly) wants to make sure there is a level playing field. 

Then comes Floyd on Ustream, making racial slurs.  This is troubling, not only in regards to the slurs, but also in regards to how ignorant Floyd is.  This video makes Floyd look like such a clown, and since Floyd is tied to the sport of boxing, it is a big black eye for the whole sport. 

Most recently, Floyd is now allegedly smacking women and terrorizing children—just what boxing needs.  Coming off a racist rant, Floyd can add assault and battery to his list.  And this is not the first time Floyd has been involved in these situations.  As time goes on, it seems headlines are not about Floyd’s boxing skills, but about his outrageous—and largely negative—out of the ring behavior.

Don’t get me wrong, boxing has a lot of things wrong with it—not just Floyd.  But he is arguably the biggest star in the sport, and the more that he acts like a fool and disrespects the sport, the more the sport will suffer.  Floyd has shown that he will throw anyone and anything under the bus to get what he wants. 

Floyd has made contributions to boxing, and boxing has paid Floyd back in spades.  I say the two are even.  Boxing should do itself a favor and get rid of Floyd before Floyd does any more damage to the sport.