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Manny Pacquiao: Mayweather's Fight Promise Continues to Lack Punch

LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 17:  Floyd Mayweather Jr. celebrates his fourth-round knockout of Victor Ortiz to win the WBC welterweight title September 17, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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Tom LoughreyAnalyst IIINovember 3, 2011

Floyd Mayweather promised a duel in the ring with Manny Pacquiao, so why am I not excited for the fight at all?

This has happened too many times to fall for it again just because “Pretty Boy” dropped a date on it. Adviser Leonard Ellerbe says a fight with Pacquiao is in the cards for May 5.

"We're looking to make the biggest fight possible and everyone knows what that fight is, the little fella."

My first issue with the quote is the obvious avoidance of the name Pacquiao. If the fight was a guarantee, there would be no need to tiptoe around actual names.

Mayweather’s camp is just trying to steal attention away from Pacquiao’s huge fight against Juan Manuel Marquez on Nov. 12. Even if the fight is seriously slated to happen, Mayweather is still being a coward.

Setting a date before Pac-Man even has a chance to take care of business is unfair. Mayweather’s last fight was on Sept. 17, where he snuck in a clever punch to knock out Victor Ortiz in the fourth round.

Debate on whether the shot was fair or cheap can be found below—but that doesn’t matter now.

In order to make the fight happen, Pacquiao will be forced into an unfavorable situation. “Money” has blamed Pacquiao in the past.

"I am still proposing the 14-day window, but (Pacquiao) is still unwilling to agree to it, even though this is obviously a fair compromise on my part, as I wanted the testing to be up until the fight and he wanted a 30-day cut-off. The truth is he just doesn't want to take the tests."

Others, including Pacquiao, say it’s Mayweather’s fault the fight hasn’t happened.

Maybe you think it’s naïve to not believe anything Mayweather says, but I’m not going to trust that the fight is going to happen until both participants step into the ring—and until the bell rings.

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