Floyd Mayweather had hinted even before he fought Shane Mosley last year that he would possibly retire. He had proven he was the best pound for pound fighter, held multiple titles at once and had already made more money than he could spend in this lifetime.
With the emergence of Manny Pacquiao over the past few years, though, people think he can challenge Mayweather for his crown.
The Pacquiao-Mayweather megafight has lost its steam ever since it first started brewing in 2009, but it hasn’t lost its luster. It is still the only fight fans want to see involving each of the two.
Pacquiao, known for his unusual politeness for him to be a boxer, has explained ever since 2009 all he wants to do is fight. It is his camp, mainly trainer Freddie Roach, who does Pacquiao’s trash talking.
Mayweather, known for his antics inside and outside the ring, is the complete opposite. Mayweather is the kind of person who loves getting under your skin. He is going to talk trash before, during and after the fight. But why can’t he? I mean he is undefeated.
If someone wants to shut him up, they’re going to have to knock him out. However, it’s not going to be Victor Ortiz, who Mayweather announced will be his next fight later this year.
It’s going to have to be Pacquiao, if he can even do it. But until that fight is set in stone, the only fighting between these two will be through the media. Here are the reasons these two hate each other:
When Pacquiao and Mayweather finally do get in the ring, it is expected to be the biggest fight in boxing history. Pay-per-view customers are estimated to exceed the 1.4 million viewers of the Mayweather-Mosley fight.
If the megafight would have happened early in 2010, though, it still would have been the highest grossing fight in history. Pacman and his camp insisted Mayweather was scared because he would not accept a fight with this big of a pay day.
Adding more fuel to this fire, Bob Arum of Top Rank Promotions says Mayweather recently turned down another $65 million to fight Pacquiao in Singapore.
We know Mayweather is an excellent businessman. He may not say it, but he figured out after seeing how much people wanted this fight to happen that building more hype would equal a bigger pay day.
Now that the fight won’t happen at least until mid-2012, the anticipation will be even higher and will generate more viewers.
Negotiations between the Pacquiao-Mayweather camps in 2009 didn’t start off badly. It actually looked like the deal for the fight was done until they had to agree on the drug testing.
Mayweather wanted the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency to perform Olympic-style testing. Pacquiao wanted the Nevada commission to do the testing.
Olympic-style testing calls for unlimited random tests during camps, before the fight and even the day of the fight.
The Nevada commission lets fighters know in advance when they will test and guarantees no tests too close to fight night. The Mayweather camp felt like this style of testing was flawed.
Negotiations fell through because the Mayweather camp felt that a fight of this magnitude should fully ensure both participants were clean.
Because Pacquiao was so adamant in denying Olympic-style testing, Mayweather started to “question” Pacquiao’s talents.
When I said Mayweather questioned Pacquiao’s talents, I meant he fully discredited Pacquiao’s success.
When Pacquiao refused Olympic-style drug testing, Mayweather interpreted that as if he was hiding something.
The Mayweather camp, as well as Oscar De La Hoya, accused Pacman of using performance enhancing drugs. Floyd Mayweather Sr. says the accusations stemmed from Pacman being able to dominate different weight classes without sacrificing power or speed, a feat highly unlikely in boxing.
After trying to ignore the accusations for a while, Pacquiao finally filed a lawsuit against the Mayweathers and De La Hoya. He claimed the accusations were detrimental to his image.
Early this year, Mayweather Jr. was asked yet again about a fight with Pacquiao. Yet again, Mayweather took advantage of an opportunity to bash Pacman.
“I’m going to fight the Pacman when he is off the power pellets.”
Earlier this week, Pacquiao and De La Hoya were able to settle their lawsuit, bringing a close to the feud between Top Rank and Golden Boy promotions.
Floyd Mayweather Sr. was interviewed after the lawsuit was closed. Although he didn’t make any more remarks about performance enhancing drugs, he didn’t appear as if he and Mayweather Jr. would follow the same path of De La Hoya.
In short, the lawsuit against the Mayweathers still stands. In fact, Pacman’s lawyer said they may add to the lawsuit due to more negative comments made recently.
When Mayweather announced he would fight Victor Ortiz on Tuesday, the news was the talk of the sporting world. And rightfully so, Pacquiao’s trainer Freddie Roach also wanted to speak on it.
He thinks Mayweather chose to fight Victor Ortiz to prepare himself for Pacquiao.
Ortiz, like Pacquiao, is a left-handed southpaw who punches in strong, quick flurries. Roach thinks Ortiz will be a problem for Mayweather, who typically does not fight southpaws.
Mayweather is undefeated for a reason. He hasn’t even struggled much in any of his bouts throughout his career. He rarely gets hit with a punch that he doesn’t see coming and is deadly accurate with his counter punches.
With that being said, Pacquiao has three losses and two draws in his career, proving he can be beat.
Mayweather will beat Pacquiao decisively in 12 rounds.