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Mayweather Jr. has nowhere to go

Ed C. Tolentino

Ed C. Tolentino

“You can run,  but you can’t hide,” so goes the popular adage from former world heavyweight boxing champion Joe “The Brown Bomber” Louis.

For the last five years or so, American Floyd Mayweather Jr. has been playing cat and mouse with Filipino ring superstar Manny Pacquiao. For the most part, it is Mayweather who has assumed the role of the elusive mouse, what with his outrageous demands for a mega bout with the Pacman.

Mayweather, however, may have boxed himself into a corner following his recent victory over Argentina’s Marcos Maidana. In a routine performance, Mayweather outboxed the one-dimensional Maidana to retain his World Boxing Council (WBC) welterweight (147 pounds) championship with a lopsided decision. Mayweather improved his ledger to 47-0 and is now just two wins away from duplicating the all-time best record of 49-0 set by former world heavyweight champion Rocky Marciano in the 1950s.

Mayweather can easily pick two nondescript opponents and waltz his way to 49-0. However, prevailing circumstances do not permit him to take that route. Mayweather has inked a six-fight deal with cable network Showtime worth an astronomical $200 million. He has already completed four fights and is down to his last two bouts. However, except for the match with Mexican Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, Mayweather’s three other bouts (one against Robert Guerrero and two against Maidana) did not really shatter pay-per-view records. You can bet that the executives of Showtime are frowning in the boardroom at this development. The latest buzz is that Showtime may demand a major upgrade in the quality of opposition for Mayweather’s last two tights, if only for the network to realize some dividends from the six-fight deal.

You can sense that Mayweather is already feeling the pressure when he announced after the Maidana that he was willing to make the Pacquiao fight happen. Under the Showtime time frame, Mayweather’s next two fights may happen in May and September 2015.

Mayweather further hinted that he may archive the gloves the moment the deal comes to an end.

A lot of candidates have cropped up, the most prominent being former super lightweight champ Amir Khan (29-3, 19 knockouts), WBC middleweight king Miguel Cotto (39-4, 32 knockouts) and WBA and WBC super lightweight titlist Danny Garcia (29-0, 17 knockouts). Khan was closing in on Mayweather early this year when the latter had a change of heart and opted for Maidana. Cotto, who gave Mayweather a tough fight before losing on points in May 2012 in a fight for the WBC super welterweight (154 pounds) crown, now campaigns in the 160-pound division and is unlikely to go down in weight to accommodate Mayweather. Garcia remains untested, something Mayweather is definitely taking into account, but Top Rank chief Bob Arum is also hot on the tail of the Philadelphia-based puncher in the hope of reserving him for Pacquiao.

Pacquiao (56-5, 38 knockouts), who is booked to defend his World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight title against Chris Algieri in November, is easily the choice of the entire boxing universe. There have been rumors of secret talks between Showtime and HBO, fanned no less by Arum. Showtime Sports president Stephen Espinoza has denied such midnight meetings, but with Mayweather and Pacquiao both running out of marquee foes, Showtime and HBO (which is identified with Top Rank) may have no choice but to sit down and talk about a possible joint venture.

Ultimately, it boils down to the gargantuan amount of money that will be generated if Pacquiao-Mayweather fight gets off the blueprint stage. Greed fuels the pro boxing business and for sure Showtime, HBO and Top Rank do not want to end up empty-handed.


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  1. Hey dusty what mayweather wants back then was a draw blood test before the fight and manny refused that but manny said he would do it after the fight..mayweather offered that kind of money because he knows for sure manny wouldnt take it..blood drawing makes you weak and dizzy bro..think first dusty..

  2. I wrote a long response earlier & it seems you didnt post it. censorship is wrife in this country especially if its a foreigner criticising a pinoy. Your country deserves what it gets with you people. I have no sympathy for any of you. You whinge & moan buut you hate criticism of any sort.
    Manny pac would have fought floyd in 2009 but manny wouldnt take rbt to fight night. That is a fact. Why was manny scared to take rbt, he will take it now, Was he juicing & thats why he wouldnt take rbt. But you hate it that a foreigner might be right on something so terrible, but i cant think of another reason especially when now he will take rbt.

  3. The odds are against Pacquiao if he fights Mayweather. Mayweather is biggger, stronger and faster. Our Pacman has the bigger fighting Filipino heart. If it’s a real fight, Pacquiao wins, if it’s a track and field meet, Mayweather will win. A fight outside of the ring with no officials , Pacquiao would win!

  4. Why is it you filipinos cant ever be fair. You twist things always in favour of the filipino. You say floyd has made outrageous demands, do you mean like saying i want rbt to fight night to make sure its a level playing field. We all know there are drugs in boxing, many have been caught, you even had a filipino boxer who became world champion & who followed floyds example in making everyone who fought him take rbt to fight night. Was he making outrageous demands of his opponents to. If it was manny pacquiao calling for rbt & floyd saying no would you be accusing manny pacquiao of making outrageous demands or floyd of being a possible drugs cheat by refusing rbt. Then offering manny $40,000,000 to fight. Is that an outrageous demand, manny has never got $40,,000,000 for a single fight ever in his life. Its manny pacquiao who has avoided a fight with floyd, i mean why now is rbt to fight night now not a problem but was back in 2009/2010. I mean manny is a coongressman of the highest standing & wouldnt cheat in any way would he, yet he has a problem with the bir & the irs. But hey he wouldnt cheat would he. Then look at his opponents in the last 3 years. Hes fought just 1 welterweight. All the rest have been light welterweights. & that welterweight he fought has also only fought one welterweight, manny. Yet look at floyd the only lighter guy he fought was robert guerrero who qualified to fight him by beating 2 current top 10 rated welterweights. How many welterweights has jmm beaten, how many welterweights has rios beaten, how many welterweights has tb beaten.
    One last thing do you know what was in those special shakes ariza used to give to manny before training each day as he wouldnt tell freddie what was in them, but hey we wouldnt cheat would we. Then look at the olympics & how many medals the philippines have ever won, & remember its compulsary for 24/7 365 days per year rbt.
    Think about what i have written.

    • Mr.Dusty,why don’t we have a 3rd party intercede to have this megafight come into fruition?
      Mayweather said that if there is a megafight,it will be on his terms.
      That is a no,no.Both are Superstars.Both are warriors.They must be on equal terms,not tilted on one boxer.What is the use to go into that ring ,if it’s already predetermined that one person is calling most of the shots and the other just to obey,bow and say ‘yes master”.That’s hogwash.
      This fight does not have to happen ,if Pacquiao goes in there to lose before the megafight even starts.
      Have an independent person,favoring nobody,get into the procedures for the fight to happen.
      Now if you think it’;s not fair,then you don’t have ‘common sense’.