Freddie Roach, Manny Pacquiao, and Bob Arum all think that Mayweather Jr. is avoiding the fight…

The proposed Mayweather Jr. vs. Pacquiao bout is once again gaining ground as far as the media is concerned. Time is winding down to where the fight should either happen or be scrapped, as the boxing fans along with the rest of the world are starting to forget and lose the understanding of the significance of it all.

“I think if the fight doesn’t happen next year, it never will happen. People are getting bored and tired of (talking about it). We’re chasing a rabbit we can’t catch,” stated Freddie Roach in a recent interview with USA Today.

Well I have a good rabbit hunting top for team Pacquiao: try to lure the rabbit in with obliging him in his request and placing more money on the grass. Mayweather Jr. should be cornered to where anything he says would be an excuse to avoid facing Pacquiao. In other words, as bad and unfair as it may sound, give him all he wants.

“If the fight doesn’t happen, it’s not my fault. I’m not going to accuse him of being greedy or judge him. It’s hard to judge. It’s his title, it’s his life, (but) I believe he is avoiding me,” said Pacquiao when discussing Floyd.

How can you not like this guy; humble, understanding, respectful, and forgiving. Of course all those things are playing against the making of the fight. Manny Pacquiao on his own would probably be able to work out a deal with team Mayweather
Jr., but when there are other people involved, things become more convoluted and difficult to agree on.

Bob Arum was also able to say a few words on this very intricate topic: “For Floyd, the worst thing next to dying is losing. Would you risk dying for a big chunk of money? He is not starving. He makes more money than most athletes, so he doesn’t want to ‘die.’ That’s the only way I can figure it out. Nobody can believe it. Otherwise, it makes no sense. No sense!”

Look, maybe it is true that Floyds is trying very hard to preserve his perfect record for as long as possible, but to assume that he is terrified or is avoiding a fight with Manny, well that’s a bit too unrealistic. Floyd, just like Pacquiao and dozens of other world famous fighters, fought a lot of dangerous challenger, and his ring experience is that of a seasoned champion. He never was, isn’t, and never will be scared of any fight. He feels entitled, and that is the only thing on his part that is currently dragging everything down.

“He was always stuck on, ‘We’ll give you $40 million. We know that the fight would generate, conservatively, between $150 million and $175 million. How foolish would we be to take a $40 million guarantee, a flat fee? It’s insane,” exclaimed Koncz.

Hold on just a second here, this is simply not true; not factual at all. Some things were certainly said in that fashion, but Koncz is misinterpreting what was truly meant.

When I spoke with someone who is very well versed in the boxing finances, they shall remain nameless, I was explained that a guarantee is exactly what it means; a minimum. Contractually there are always various clauses that talk about other guarantees, percentages and distribution of profits.

Of course someone always has to make more money, and in some cases, a lot more. While I would say that Pacquiao deserves a payday that is more or less close to that of Mayweather’s, there is a very valid argument for why Floyd should be getting more, and that is because historically he is the bigger draw bringing in more money.

So what will it be? I think that the fight will indeed happen, and more likely than not in 2013. A decisive loss for either fighter would instantly drop the stock of the mega fight and slowly but surely drain the possible financial gain.

Just do it!

 

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