Mayweather Jr. Interview: Talks Manny Pacquiao

In a recent interview with Fight Hype’s Ben Thompson, Floyd Mayweather Jr. said a few things that are not really new to any of us, and we must have heard them at least a dozen times. Still he brings good points to his argument as to why Manny Pacquiao might need rather than want a fight against Mayweahter Jr.

“You have to realize this, in my opinion, Manny Pacquiao is desperate. He doesn’t make his own decisions, because Manny Pacquiao has a boss, his promoter, that makes his decisions. Once you take a loss and you’re on the decline…listen, Manny Pacquiao, whether he got cheated or not, his stock drops enormously after taking a loss. No matter how you took a loss, you took an L,” said Mayweather Jr. when speaking with Thompson.

I am not really sold on the idea that Pacquiao is desperate, as he is rich beyond most people’s imagination, and has other things in life that he is trying to pursue and improve. Does Manny have a true boss? In life he is his own boss, but unfortunately in boxing he does have Bob Arum, the man that makes the final call. Sure Manny has a degree of say in whom he fights and when, but it is Arum who decides on the final numbers and offers, and in my opinion money is what paves the road for all the fights, not fans or legacy.

“It’s public record. Unless I’m mistaken, Manny Pacquiao received a check for 6 million dollars the night of his last fight, according to the bout agreement, so how can a 6 million dollar fighter, who don’t even do the type of numbers that I do or bring in the type of revenue that I bring in, even offer me anything,” asked Mayweather Jr.?

No matter how much you love Pacquiao and hate Mayweather Jr., Floyd asks a valid question. Of course there is more money coming from merchandise, PPV, and other various outlets, but it’s the amount of money that a fighter gets paid for the fight night that measures his popularity and value in boxing.

Is Floyd trying to say anything to avid the fight? Maybe he is, and maybe he simply wants to be the unconditional boss in charge if it ever materialized. Mayweather Jr. certainly feels entitled, while Pacquiao is humble for what he has and the people that helped him get there. All that may be true, but is irrelevant to the fact that Floyd is the bigger draw and is more in demand as an opponent.

Will it ever end? Will the fight ever happen? Will Mayweather Jr. ever be happy with Pacquiao’s subsistence of required blood tests? Will Pacquiao ever make the move and step over Bob Arum to make the fight a reality?

Of course not, but as long as the right amount of money is there and the paychecks are printed, Manny’s and Floyd’s signatures will be inked on the contracts, and a set fight date will become a fact.


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