Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather: Why Money Must Fight Manny

Michael TerrenceCorrespondent IIINovember 15, 2010

LAS VEGAS - MAY 01:  Floyd Mayweather Jr. reacts after defeating Shane Mosley by unanimous decision after the welterweight fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 1, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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Floyd Mayweather, Jr. has made a career out of ducking and dodging opponents in the ring. His modified Philly shell defense has frustrated every fighter he’s faced.

Mayweather is the ultimate student of the sport. He trains at a level few if any can match and in forty-one career fights, he has yet to taste defeat.

Don’t let anyone fool you into believing that Floyd has simply made his money fighting over the hill and inferior fighters. He’s defeated a number of formidable opponents and world champions. The list includes Genaro Hernandez, Diego Corrales, Jose Luis Castillo twice, Phillip Ndou, Zab Judah, Carlos Baldomir, Oscar De La Hoya, Ricky Hatton, Juan Manuel Marquez and Shane Mosley.

Only one of the above mentioned fights were close and most were boxing clinics put on by “Pretty Boy.”

There is few if any who possess his reflexes, skills, intelligence and discipline when it comes to the sport. Mayweather is truly a master of his craft. 

So one had to wonder when Manny Pacquiao destroyed Antonio Margarito on Saturday night, where in the world was Floyd Mayweather? It seems inconceivable that a fighter as dominant as he is would fear standing across the ring from any man.

One has to wonder why hasn’t the man who considers himself to be “the greatest of all-time” jumped up to knock Manny Pacquiao off of his mythological pound for pound pedestal.

Pacquiao and Mayweather have twice failed to give boxing fans the mega fight they all want and desire. Drug testing, fight dates and other issues have made this fight seemingly impossible to make.

After beating Margarito, Pacquiao was given the opportunity to address a future fight with Mayweather but declined and said all fight negotiating would be up to his promoter, Bob Arum.

As the two best boxers of the past ten years continue to dance around the issue, boxing fans are left to wait and wonder.

Despite what many fans and analysts say, the problem is not just Mayweather; Pacquiao deserves some of the blame too. But it does beg the question as to why the man who calls himself “Money” is willing to pass on so much of it in the prime of his career.

The excuses are old and the number of quality opponents for him has dwindled down to less than a handful.

Mayweather has become richer than he could have ever imagined, due in large part to his great skills and antagonizing personality.

Still, it is the fans that’ve helped wrap his wrist with $200,000 watches and allow him to cruise around Vegas in luxury cars. It is the fans who shell out $60 to watch him fight on Pay-per-view and pay obscene amounts to watch him live in person.

So the least he can do is to drop the antics and appease the fans by giving them what they want to see. If not then he should walk away. He’s earned that right based upon everything he’s done in the sport already.

However, if he’s going to continue to make millions for fighting, then he needs to fight the one man who poses the most danger to him. He needs to face the best fighter out there.

Ali did. Leonard did. So did Robinson and Louis and if Mayweather dare put his name in the same sentence with those greats, he must do it too.   

The boxing public wants and demands this fight and no fighter is greater than the sport. Boxing makes fighters; fighters don’t make boxing.

The time has come for Floyd Mayweather, Jr. to either man up or move on.