Mayweather vs. Pacquiao: Why Mayweather Is Real Coward in Overhyped Failure

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistJune 7, 2012

LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 05:  Floyd Mayweather Jr. reacts after the end of the 12th round against Miguel Cotto during their WBA super welterweight title fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 5, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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It has become my mission to put both Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao on blast until they finally agree on terms to fight one another.

But if one man deserves more of my ire than the other, it is most certainly Money May.

We've heard all of the demands that Pacquiao submit to drug testing. We've also heard PacMan's camp say he's agreed to do so.

We know Mayweather doesn't want to negotiate with Bob Arum, whom he obviously loathes. We also know that Money May is a businessman, and businessmen never let personal feelings get in the way of making money.

And finally, we know that Mayweather thinks he deserves a larger piece of the revenue pie if the two ever fight, and he won't ever settle for a 50-50 split or any other even split with additional money left over for the winner.

And that's really the point of no return, isn't it?

I'm not here to argue pay-per-view shares or which fighter is the bigger draw or any of that nonsense. The fact of the matter is this—these are unquestionably the two largest draws in the sport, and it's not even close.

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Neither fighter deserves a lesser split than the other, and they each know it. So why is Money balking?

It may have to do with legacy. PacMan's legacy is pretty secure, and he'll probably step away from boxing gracefully in the next year or so to focus on politics full-time.

A loss to Mayweather would affect his legacy—he wouldn't be able to make the argument that he was his generation's best pound-for-pound fighter, most notably—but he's won titles in eight weight classes, given fans many a memorable fight and will be remembered as a truly elite fighter.

Mayweather's legacy is just as impressive, but the principle mark he still has going for him—his undefeated record—could potentially be lost against Pacquiao.

Surely, that scares him. That's his claim to fame, the unique stamp he could have on history, his calling card.

But here's the thing—does it really mean anything if he doesn't put it to the test against Pacquiao? Is it really all that meaningful if he never risks it against the best possible competition?

I don't think so. But clearly Mayweather does.

Hiding behind drug testing or a money split is convenient, but I'm not buying it. He's got too much to lose by facing Pacquiao, and apparently unless he can guarantee himself enough of a monetary incentive to fight PacMan, he simply won't gamble with his legacy.

We'd still respect Mayweather if he fought and lost to Pacquiao. For what it's worth, I think he'd win the fight.

But he'll always look like a bit of a chump if he doesn't take the fight. And once again, it sure feels like he won't.

Hit me up on Twitter—my tweets will gladly have another as well.

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