Floyd Mayweather Jr.—Manny Pacquiao: Lil' Floyd Hides Behind His Daddy

Fred KelleyCorrespondent IDecember 11, 2010

LAS VEGAS - APRIL 14:  Floyd Mayweather Sr. (L) and his son, boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr., joke around with a videographer as Floyd Mayweather Jr. works out April 14, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Mayweather is scheduled to face Shane Mosley in a 12-round welterweight bout on May 1, 2010 in Las Vegas.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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The fight everyone wants to see is waiting on one man and one man only—Floyd Mayweather Sr.?

As we all know the main point of contention for the proposed bout between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao is OSDT (Olympic Style Drug Testing) protocol.

The pound-for-pound champion Manny Pacquiao was accused of using PEDs by Floyd Sr. shortly after Pacquiao sent Ricky Hatton to the canvas at the end of the second round of their bout in May 2009.

Floyd Sr., who trained Hatton for that bout, was thoroughly embarrassed and without proof began to accuse Pacquiao of juicing during the negotiations for a bout with his son.  

It’s important to note, OSDT is not required by the ABC (Association of Boxing Commissions), the national governing body for the sport.

Regardless, Floyd Jr. feels it’s his duty make sure there is an even playing field for everyone who steps in the ring, and Mayweather Jr. believes OSDT is the only way to insure that.

By taking this grand stand, Floyd Jr. is essentially thumbing his nose at The Nevada State Athletic Commission.

A commission that monitored the majority of Floyd Jr. bouts since 1996 without issue—an admirably ethical stance from the woman-beating fighter of Grand Rapids Michigan, a stance that will likely prevent a bout with Pacquiao from ever occurring if things aren’t done his way.

I think he’s making excuses, and if it wasn’t OSDT holding up the fight, it would be something else.

Some will point to the concessions Floyd offered Manny and the cutoff time frames involved, which clearly prove Floyd wants the fight.

However, as clear as a finger in the face, those are just diversions.  Lil’ Floyd says whatever he has to; he doesn’t want this fight, at least not now.

Recently, Floyd Sr. has spoken for his son, and we can begin to see the real reason Floyd Jr. isn’t answering the challenge set forth by Pacquiao.

“Is [Pacquiao] willing to take random testing?  Well there’s your answer right there... I’m his daddy and I care and I’m the one advising him not to fight under any other circumstances,” Floyd Mayweather Sr. told Percy Crawford of Fighthype.com

You see, it’s not Lil’ Floyd's fault. He really wants to fight, but his daddy just won’t let him.    

Lil’ Floyd reconciled with his father following a lengthy estrangement and seems to have allowed Floyd Sr. back in every aspect of his life, including the decision regarding his next opponent.

“I would be scared for my son to fight anybody with an unfair advantage; that’s my son.  Hell, I ain’t gonna send Lil’ Floyd in the street to fight somebody that I know has a gun,” Mayweather Sr. exclaimed.

(There is a joke there, but I’ll leave it to your imagination.)

All of the debate about concessions and cutoff time frames seems to be for naught. Lil’ Floyd is going to do what his daddy says.