Floyd Mayweather Is Afraid of Manny Pacquiao
The coward’s way out.
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Floyd Mayweather is a coward. It has become obvious in recent weeks that he has absolutely no interest in fighting Pacpuiao; apparently the realization that his undefeated record, and as such a large segment of his mystique and legacy would bear a stain of he fights has finally occurred to him. And it’s sad. Mayweather has been a great champion; brash and cocky, but never afraid to back it up.
Mayweather could have happily rode off into the sunset after his victory over Juan Manuel Márquez. It was dominant, and would have been a fitting end to a glorious end to a magnificent career. Instead, weather blinded by arrogance or dollar signs, he allowed a fight to be booked that he knew he couldn’t win.
The cracks in the arrogant facade began to show when Mayweather’s father, former contender Floyd Sr., arbitrarily accused Pacquiao of using steroids. It was a baseless accusation; there has never been any indication or reason to suspect Manny Pacquiao of such. It was simply an obvious step one of a panicked plan to get Mayweather out of the fight.
Nearly every detail is in place for the super fight, other that one infinitesimal bit; Manny Pacquiao won’t submit to a blood test in the last 48 hours before the fight. He has stated, on record, that he is willing to take one before, or immediately after the fight. His reasoning is simple; he doesn’t like needles, and feels that having blood drawn that short of a time before a fight would be detrimental. As trite as that may sound, anyone familiar with the sport of boxing knows that a fighter’s training regimen is everything (Just ask Mike Tyson after the Buster fight), and something like this could very well derail his preparations.
Being tested immediately after the fight is a more than amicable solution, but Floyd, Jr. is having none of it.
“I understand Pacquiao not liking having his blood taken, because frankly I don’t know anyone who really does,” Mayweather said in his statement. “But in a fight of this magnitude, I think it is our responsibility to subject ourselves to sportsmanship at the highest level. I have already agreed to the testing and it is a shame that he is not willing to do the same.
“It leaves me with great doubt as to the level of fairness I would be facing in the ring that night. I hope that this is either some miscommunication or that Manny will change his mind and step up and allow these tests, which were good enough for all these other great athletes, to be performed by USADA.”
It is an absolute tragedy that such a great champion will leave his sport as a coward. There was a time when Champions had class… they went out in a blaze of glory, or walked away when they knew they could no longer do so. There will be no dignity in Floyd Mayweather’s exit. Even if he and Manny Pacquiao never lace up the gloves, Manny will have put that smear on Mayweather’s legacy. He will have sent him off with his tail tucked between his legs. Sounds better than a knockout in my book.
We can only hope Mayweather goes out the right way, even if it means a 1 instead of a 0. This is where history will judge: Was Floyd Mayweather just a Great Fighter…. or a great champ?