Mayweather Jr. and Golden
boy, dumb and dumber. December 29, 2009
by Mike Cassell
Philadelphia Boxing Report
(DEC 29) Two of the greatest quotes in
movie history are credited to the Godfather I and II. The first is “Keep
your friends close, and your enemies closer” and the second is “Blood is
a big expense”. That wisdom should have been heeded by the CEO of Golden
boy promotions Richard Schaeffer and the man he is representing, Floyd
Mayweather Jr. They both may have just talked themselves out of tens of
millions of dollars for one nights work. Now that’s dumb. But believe
me, it gets dumber. The Olympic style blood testing that they are asking
of five weight division champion Manny Pacquiao, is all symbolism over
any real substance. The only thing this farce from the Mayweather camp
actually accomplished was to really piss off the most complete fighter
in the world. And although Pacquiao has threatened legal action against
Mayweather Jr , Mayweather Sr, and Golden boy promotions, the real
justice maybe be dealt more swiftly and violently if these two guys
actually meet in Las Vegas. What Mayweather Jr and the people at Golden
boy do not get about Manny, is that he is an incredibly honorable man.
Yes, he really believes “honor” is something that is tangible. To him,
it is something that can be touched. He doesn’t carry around 1000.00
dollar bills like his counterpart “Money” Mayweather. He doesn’t have
ten houses or tri-colored Hummers. All that stuff is cheap compared the
cost and price of his honor, which he feels he earned, and which he also
believes is being questioned and in some cases, outright destroyed.
Five weight division champion Manny Pacquiao is a very mild mannered
considerate person outside the ring that is until now. Pacquiao is said
to be filing a defamation suit against Golden boy promotions, Floyd
Mayweather Jr. and possibly Floyd Mayweather Sr. The Nevada state
Athletic commission has demanded the immediate urine testing of both
fighters at approved labs in the Philippines and the United States. But
is that enough for the ever untrusting Floyd Mayweather Jr. Manny
Pacquiao should take this assault and wear it as a badge of honor. Think
about it. The Mayweather people cannot believe that Manny could ever
accomplish what he has without some type of performance enhancer. Let’s
face it; it’s almost unbelievable that Pacquiao started his career at
106 lbs with rolls of pennies in his shoes to make weight, and has moved
up five weight classes and totally demolished world class fighters.
Manny should be feeling pretty good about how amazing they really think
he is. The same doubts of greatness could be thrown at Mayweather. He
spends a long time away between his fights, and is always in spectacular
condition. In fact, it is even more unbelievable when you look at his
inactivity and his total dominance of De La Hoya, Hatton and Marquez.
"This is a false issue that is being raised for maybe three reasons.
One, an attempt to smear Pacquiao and those people that have done that
will pay the price because litigation is going to proceed.
"Number two because it is convenient way for Mayweather to not fight
Pacquiao who he knows he can't beat.
"Number three there is the possibility it is a way to disconcert
Pacquiao who they know and knew doesn't like to give blood immediately
in the weeks prior to a fight when he is in training because he
believes, rightly or wrongly, that it saps his strength.
"The reason they know this is that Pacquiao last defeat was to Erik
Morales and he had been directed to give a blood test that the state
commission require, that he needed for a license, for HIV and hepatitis.
He did it, they took his blood test 10 days before the fight, he claims
that it sapped his strength and loses to Morales.
"Let the record be clear: Manny Pacquiao and his promoter Bob Arum
are threatening to walk away from the largest fight in history,"
“Blood is a big expense”
If Mayweather wants this Olympic style blood testing to happen, he is
going to have to look for another fight. Top rank will never go for it.
Bob Arum feels he is the man that made Floyd Mayweather who he is. He
promoted him through 36 of his fights. He is not going to bow before the
greatness that is Floyd Mayweather Jr. Think of the money that will go
“bye bye” if Golden Boy and Mayweather let this one slip away. How about
a record gate at the MGM toppling 20 million? That’s just the gate. How
about another 3 million PPV buys that would amount to a whopping 180
million dollars? It isn’t out of the question, considering De La Hoya /
Mayweather generated 2.4 million buys and an 18 million dollar gate.
With all the testing that is already done by Nevada, is this ridiculous
demand worth over 200 million?
“Keep your friends close, and your
Floyd Mayweather Jr did something brilliant before his first mega –fight
ever. He even is quoted as saying that he pretended to be friendly with
Oscar de La Hoya. He went along with all the hoopla, but once the deal
was signed, he went after De La Hoya like he never went after anyone. He
dangled chickens, talked trash, and on fight night, he unceremoniously
whooped his ass. Be smart Floyd. If you know you can beat Manny, then go
along to get along. You will be paid like no other athlete in the
history of the planet earth for only one nights work!
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