Is Floyd Mayweather, Not Manny Pacquiao, the Face of Boxing?

Troy SparksColumnistNovember 17, 2010

LAS VEGAS - MAY 01:  (L-R) Floyd Mayweather Jr. in action against Shane Mosley during their welterweight fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 1, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
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By Troy Sparks

As I received mixed responses from the article, "Floyd Mayweather, You're Next," the feeling I got was that Mayweather was hiding from Manny Pacquiao.

If I was Floyd, I'd be hiding too.  "Money" camped out in Las Vegas and Pacquiao was about four hours or so away in California a couple of weeks before his fight against Antonio Margarito.

Whatever Mayweather had to say to Pacquiao's face, he was a stone's throw away, or he could've attended the fight on Nov. 13 to talk trash to Pacquiao.

Speaking of Mayweather being the face of boxing, I believe that he was the face of boxing.  Pacquiao owns that title along with the best pound-for-pound boxer and eight belts in as many weight classes.

One reader reminded me that Mayweather is still the face of boxing.  He's right.  He is the face of boxing, in his mind.

I'm with that reader.  Mayweather can be the face of boxing.  In fact, he can be the first two-faced man of boxing.  It would be the face that he has now and the rearranging of his face after Pacquiao gets done with him.  If Floyd doesn't believe me, he should ask Antonio Margarito.

Mayweather can pick his next opponent that's not named Pacquiao because he's scared.  If Mayweather steps up to the plate, however, we will see a classic.  They both will box or slug.  Personally, I don't see Mayweather  getting into a slugfest with Pacquiao.  I give Mayweather the edge for being a technically-sound boxer.

 If Pacquiao brings the action to Mayweather, then the undefeated boxer has no choice but to slug it out.

If you saw the way Pacquiao was bouncing Margarito's head like a ping-pong ball, you would swear that he had something illegal in his hand wraps.

Mayweather saw what Pacquiao had.  Like I said, it's time for the chicken to put up or shut up.