Legendary prizefighter Manny “Pac-Man” Pacquiao and undefeated former titlist “Pretty Boy” Floyd Mayweather, Jr. will finally go at it.
Unfortunately, because this is the rogue business of boxing, Pacquiao (52-3-2, 38 KOs) will not battle Mayweather (41-0, 25 KOs) inside the squared circle.
Instead, the preeminent pound-for-pound prizefighters in the world will soon clash in a federal courtroom in Las Vegas, Nevada.
A Nevada federal judge Monday denied Mayweather’s motion to dismiss Pacquaio’s defamation lawsuit against him.
U.S. District Judge Larry Hicks said Pacquiao’s allegations were firm that Mayweather and his cronies acted with malice by publicly accusing the “Fighting Pride of the Philippines” of abusing performance enhancing drugs.
"Moving defendants argue that Pacquiao has failed to sufficiently allege malice because moving defendants could not have known one way or the other whether Pacquiao had actually taken PEDs when they made the alleged defamatory statements," the order reads.
"However, the court finds that Pacquiao has sufficiently pled malice in the amended complaint."
Pacquiao, 32, the first pugilist in history to win 10 world crowns in eight separate weight divisions, claimed in his suit he never used dope, and he alleged Mayweather, “Pretty Boy’s” father and uncle, Oscar De La Hoya and Golden Boy Promotions’ Richard Schaefer, embarked on a nasty smear campaign to destroy his career, legacy and reputation.
"The truth did not stop Mayweather and the others," the suit contends.
"That is because they are motivated by ill will, spite, malice, revenge and envy."
Boxing fans want, and deserve, to see Pacquiao versus Mayweather.
Sadly, boxing has aptly been called "the red light district of sports", and fans rarely receive what they warrant.
Despite an estimated purse that could pay both scrappers in excess of $30 million apiece, Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather will never fight.
Typically, boxing and its deprived fans will yet again be the biggest losers unless Pacquiao finally relents and justifiably agrees to Olympic-style testing.
Approximately $30 million is a significant amount of cash to squander to avoid allowing random blood samples to be drawn.
Pacquiao has ridiculously agreed to fight former three-division champion “Sugar” Shane Mosley May 7 at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas.
Strictly due to his name recognition, Mosley (46-6-1-1, 39 KOs) was selected as the opponent for Pacquiao (52-3-2, 38 KOs) over more-qualified boxers like lightweight champion Juan Manuel Marquez (52-5-1, 38 KOs) and welterweight titlist Andre Berto (27-0, 21 KOs).
"Styles make fights," said Roger "Pit" Perron, 73, a longtime trainer from Brockton who now works with Mike and Rich Cappiello at their gym, Cappiello Brothers Boxing and Training.
"Mosley has quick hands, he will press the fight, and he is a legit welterweight who has fought real champions. But, he’s no Pacquiao."
According to Pacquiao promoter Bob Arum, Mayweather cowered and hid from a potentially lucrative bout against “Pac-Man” despite the Filipino’s new-found flexibility over drug testing protocols.
“We put it off as long as we could,” said Arum, himself a corruptible weasel who acknowledged during a 2000 federal trial that he bribed the International Boxing Federation (IBF) to attain a higher ranking for one of his scrappers.
“He has been totally incommunicado. All he had to do was pick up a phone and say, ‘Hey Bob, wait a week, two weeks’ and we would have waited. He could have given us a signal. No one knows how to get a hold of him. The only ones who know how to get a hold of him are the police.”
Mayweather, 34, an enormous talent who has captured nine world titles in five different boxing weight classes, is likely “incommunicado” because he is facing four felony charges stemming from a domestic incident in September where he purportedly struck his sweetheart and the mother of his children.
Pacquiao is clearly the greatest fighter of this generation, and there is not a shred of evidence to prove he is a rampant juice-head.
“I know Floyd is the best,” Mayweather Sr. said in an October 2009 interview.
“But when your opponent uses something illegal, even the best can get hurt.”
However, there is plenty of proof that Mayweather is a yellow coward who is afraid to fight Pacquiao and jeopardize his unblemished mark.
Mayweather indeed is “motivated by ill will, spite, malice, revenge and envy.”
Floyd Mayweather is envious because he knows he is not the man Manny Pacquiao is either inside, or outside, of the ring.
In actuality, Mayweather is nothing more than a reprehensible loser who happens to moonlight as a professional pugilist.