Pacquiao vs. Mayweather: 10 Reasons Pretty Boy Is Scared to Fight Pac-Man
Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao have yet to fight each other and the fans would like to know why.
This super-fight appears to be hard to negotiate because of neither superstar wanting to give in to the other. Mayweather wants random blood-testing. Pacquiao doesn't.
Some suggest that Mayweather is afraid. Others suggest Pacquiao should take whatever drug-test necessary to land the fight.
In most boxing circles, Mayweather has been identified as the more reluctant individual to fight. Whether this is true or not is not what matters. Public perception finds Mayweather's drug-testing demands holding back the fight.
If Mayweather is the more reluctant individual, then finding out precisely why he is weary of fighting Pacquiao is key to finding out if this will ever happen or not.
Here are 10 possible reasons why Mayweather doesn't wish to face Pacquiao.
10. Mayweather's Legs
Mayweather's speed, skills and punching power propelled him to stardom in the super featherweight division.
As he went up in weight, his defensive skills and speed became the star of the show as his punching power decreased its effectiveness against bigger opponents.
Now with age, Mayweather appears to be fighting in the pocket more often than from a distance with a jab.
Mayweather no longer leaps in and backs out with the frequency of his youth. He ducks under and parries punches and figures his counters will do the trick.
But should Mayweather get in trouble, he'll have to hold or rely on his legs. Are his legs as reliable as they used to be?
The one time he tried to move backwards away from Victor Ortiz in their recent matchup, Ortiz was able to pound him into a corner where Mayweather defended well and a frustrated Ortiz proceeded to began what would become HEADGATE.
Without the evasive legs of old, Mayweather would surely suffer severe consequences for moving backwards against a veteran offensive fighter.
Pacquiao is that veteran offensive fighter. In order for Mayweather to face him in his current flat-footed stance, he'd have to be perfect. One mistake and Mayweather could suffer his first loss.
9. Pacquiao's Promoter: Bob Arum
Mayweather may fear giving in to the man who once controlled his career.
Mayweather was once signed to Bob Arum's Top Rank Promotions. Then Mayweather wanted to make more money by having less hands in his fight purse so he bought out his contract with Arum.
Arum has since grown angry, dismissed many of Mayweather's accomplishments and proclaims Pacquiao's greatness in Mayweather's absence.
Mayweather's "divorce" from Top Rank is his claim of independence. To go back to Arum as if he needs to fight one of his fighters may feel like a sign of weakness.
Showing weakness in the face of someone he's had a troubled history with, may be something Mayweather can never bring himself to do. As stubborn as that is, it could cost the biggest super-fight of all-time.
8. Mayweather's Repeatedly Broken Hands
From the first knockdown of his career against Carlos Hernandez in 2001 to his widely reported controversial use of Xylocaine to numb his hands, Mayweather's had a long troubled history with his hands.
His use of Rafael Garcia, a hand-wrapping guru, has reportedly solved those issues. Or has it?
Mayweather's punch output is smaller than his earlier years and he now only fights once a year since his comeback from retirement.
Does fighting annually allow his hands to heal from the damage they've taken in boxing?
If so, he may fear Pacquiao forcing him to up his punch output to an uncomfortable level to keep hold off the Filipino warrior.
Pacquiao could press Mayweather into breaking his hands again, if Mayweather is forced to match punch his way out of an offensive assault from Pacquiao.
7. Mayweather's Diminishing Punching Power
Mayweather may be a defensive genius and may have kept a good amount of speed, but his punching power still leaves something to be desired.
Mayweather doesn't punch a whole lot, so every punch has to count. When those single punches don't cause opponents to back off, there's not much offensively Mayweather can do.
Unless Mayweather is holding back his ability to perform accurate flurries like the "Pretty Boy" of the 90's, Mayweather has only the power of his one-two punch combinations to ward off offensive foes.
Pacquiao has become famous over the last three years for taking on bigger men and not only demolishing them, but walking through their bulldozer fists as if they were tickling him with feathers.
Pacquiao took head-snapping punches from a nearly 20 lbs bigger Joshua Clottey. He's allowed Miguel Cotto's fist to momentarily play tennis with his brain.
Pacquiao's response is to swing strong with speed that kills any retaliation.
Mayweather is not as strong as Clottey or Cotto. Will Mayweather be able to keep Pacquiao at bay?
6. Mayweather Has No Clear Advantage over Pacquiao
It's been a long time since Mayweather fought an opponent that had more advantages than him.
In 2001, Mayweather fought a taller, stronger, younger undefeated foe in Diego Corrales. In 2002, Mayweather moved up to the lightweight division to fight Jose Luis Castillo, arguably the best lightweight champion of the time.
Since these wins, there hasn't been too many opponents he hasn't had a clear advantage over in some way.
De La Hoya was four years older than Mayweather when they fought. Hatton was a much smaller fighter. Mosley was five years older than Mayweather. Ortiz had never faced an elite opponent in his career.
Pacquiao not only punches harder than Mayweather, he may be faster if not just as fast as Mayweather.
Pacquiao is younger than Mayweather by two years and has a brilliant corner that rivals if not beats Mayweather's cornermen.
Pacquiao has no stamina problems and never mentally quits in the ring as some of Mayweather's opponents have done.
Even in the face of frustration and defeat, Pacquiao will keep punching just as strongly and quick as he does in the beginning of the fight. This may not be something Mayweather knows if he can handle.
Pacquiao's only possible disadvantage is in size, but this has been dismissed in many arguments because Pacquiao has defeated so many men whose height and weight puts Mayweather's to shame.
In reality, Mayweather's only advantage will be his skill set. Mayweather is known to have one of the most diverse set of boxing skills in the history of the sport.
But Is that enough? Mayweather may be pondering this question.
5. Mayweather May Actually Believe Pacquiao's on Steroids
Picture this. 1998, Mayweather is a super featherweight (130 lbs) phenom who just beat the legendary Genaro Hernandez and knocked out Angel Manfredy in two rounds.
Pacquiao is nonexistent. He's fighting but nobody knows him. 2001, Mayweather participates in a highly-hyped bout against the undefeated Diego Corrales.
That same year, Pacquiao fights on America soil for the first time when he defeats Lehlohonolo Ledwaba for the super bantamweight (122 lbs) world championship at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Mayweather fights in the lightweight (135 lbs) division from 2002 to the end of 2003. He then fights as a junior welterweight (140 lbs) from 2004 to the middle of 2005.
Mayweather then becomes a welterweight at the end of 2005, where he would remain to this day, excluding a lone journey to the junior middleweight division for a dream fight with De La Hoya.
Pacquiao stays at super bantamweight until 2003. He fights at featherweight (126 lbs) until 2005. He continues to fight at super featherweight (130 lbs) until 2008. Then he rockets from then on forward.
Pacquiao fights at super featherweight in the beginning of 2008, lightweight in the middle of 2008, and then jumps to welterweight for the first time in the same year.
He then continues to battle at junior welterweight for one fight and then welterweight from then on. That's a massive 17 lb jump in less than a year for someone smaller than Mayweather.
Not only that, Pacquiao gets faster and stronger. Mayweather's growing inability to hurt his foes as he went up in weight can be seen in his diminishing KO rate.
Mayweather knocked out 19 of his 26 opponents at super featherweight. Of the 11 fights Mayweather had at 140 lbs or higher, he's only knocked out five.
Pacquiao did in 2008 what Mayweather has struggled to do his entire career, move from 130 lbs to 147 lbs without sacrificing power or speed. If anything, Pacquiao's speed and power appear to have grown.
Thus, Mayweather's speculation and trepidation begin and continue.
4. He's Building a Retirement Plan off Pacquiao
By putting up a testing roadblock that either Pacquiao will eventually submit to or he will lessen his stance on, Mayweather can make more money off the fight just in case he loses.
Mayweather and Pacquiao have both benefited off their brewing rivalry. Their names create Internet fanbases that bash each other, spawning legions of blogs and forums, and sell pay-per-views.
Since Mayweather has come out of retirement to "face Pacquiao," he's faced three other opponents and made possibly over a hundred million dollars.
With Mayweather's persona highly benefiting from his undefeated record, the fight he loses should be his retirement fight. Pacquiao is the only welterweight with a clear possibility of giving Mayweather his first loss.
Mayweather may finally cash out on his career when he feels he's made enough off their rivalry.
3. Pacquiao Is Destroying Opponents He's Beating by Decision
Ever since Pacquiao defeated Oscar De La Hoya in eight rounds, there have been endless comparisons to Mayweather.
Here's how Mayweather and Pacquiao have fared against similar opposition:
Oscar De La Hoya: Mayweather got the nod in the split decision. Pacquiao made De La Hoya retire after eight rounds.
Ricky Hatton: Mayweather made the referee save Hatton in Round 10. Pacquiao knocked him out cold in the second round.
Shane Mosley: Mosley was able to wobble Mayweather with a few big shots in Round Two before Mayweather recovered and dominated every round afterwards to win a unanimous decision.
Pacquiao dominated nearly every round and had Mosley on the run the entire fight for the first time in his career, before after being knocked down in Round three.
Mosley hadn't been knocked down since Vernon Forrest did so in 2002, nine years prior to his showdown with Pacquiao.
Seeing someone as small as Pacquiao dominate men he had a tougher time against, has to make Mayweather at least slightly weary of a potential bout with Pacquiao.
The only opponent Pacquiao has done worst than Mayweather against is Juan Manuel Marquez, who he faces for a third time on November 12 at the MGM in Las Vegas.
Mayweather dominated Marquez at a weight he had never fought before at welterweight (147 lbs). Pacquiao fought him at the current weights he was ranked at, featherweight (126 lbs) and super featherweight (130 lbs) when they fought.
Pacquiao got a draw the first time and a split decision the second time. But now Pacquiao will face Marquez at welterweight and he world will see if he can outdo Mayweather's victory over Marquez at welterweight.
Perhaps if Pacquiao does worst against a welterweight-sized Marquez than Mayweather did, Mayweather will be less stringent in his demands and easier to negotiate a fight with.
2. Pacquiao Is the Ultimate Good-Guy to His Bad-Guy
Mayweather has played the villain in his boxing career for at least the past five to six years.
His dollars, interests and fanbase has grown significantly as a result. His insults to opponents, fans, boxing legends and officials have generated outrage, controversy and a severe desire from millions to see him lose.
Mayweather knows he's playing the villain and eventually the villain loses in every outlet. Iin his paranoia, Mayweather has felt that boxing is trying to create a fighter to beat him.
Maybe Mayweather sees Pacquiao as this fighter. Pacquiao beats Mayweather's opponents more impressively, stays humble and generates a positive energy.
Mayweather may not want his villainous character to reach the end of its story.
1. Mayweather Doesn't Want Pacquiao to Benefit from His Name
Mayweather is an egomaniac. Based on the character he has betrayed to the media and his obsession with how much he says Boxing "needs" him, Mayweather truly has a huge ego.
When he retired in 2007, he never would have expected anyone to not only take over, but potentially replace him as the most popular boxer in the world.
He might've expected Miguel Cotto, who was undefeated at the time, to clean house and beat up every other decent welterweight.
That would then prompt calls for a super-fight which Mayweather would come out of retirement to oblige after pulling a Sugar Ray Leonard and creating a large list of demands that favor his victory.
Mayweather never expected a smaller fighter to obliterate the fighters that gave him his star-turning year.
Pacquiao is a whirlwind talent who took the world by surprise, including Mayweather. Mayweather came out of retirement possibly out of pride to possibly defeat Pacquiao, but his pride won't let the negotiations go off easily.
His paranoia insists Pacquiao must be doing drugs in order to accomplish what he's accomplished. Mayweather doesn't seem to think it's possible Pacquiao was clean.
Mayweather feels he's been consistent and Pacquiao's an obscure fighter making money off his name.
Mayweather would rather hold on to his own distinct parallel career, then face possible defeat from someone he feels went from good to great late in his career.
Above all else, Mayweather fears become a footnote in the late career of someone he feels isn't better than himself.