FLOYD MAYWEATHER TALKS FUTURE

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So, no, he didn't go there. Floyd Mayweather and Showtime analyst Steve Farhood didn't go toward the elephant in the room, but they did take ont he gorilla. Farhood and Floyd, during the Friday night Showtime boxing event, didn't delve into or even reference the tragic circumstances which unfolded early this week, as Floyd Mayweather's pal Earl Hayes snapped, apparently, shot his wife and then himself in a fatal spree.

But Floyd didn't escape mildly direct queries, as Farhood asked him about that “800 pound gorilla” in the room, the 147 pound ghost named Manny Pacquiao who stalks “Money” and hovers over the ultra-confident and flashy hitter, and spurs endless “will they or won't they” talk which has driven many fight fans to the edge of a boredom precipice. That said, Twitter blew up last night, like there was a Khloe Kardashian tush sighting, as Floyd said he wanted to fight Manny, on May 2, but the ace pugilist drew fire on social media as he tossed out some equivocations and roadblocks and reasons why this Super Fight hasn't already been put together.

My timeline reacted mostly with anti-Floyd reasoning, some of it mocking and venomous, as these folks seem to think Floyd, as opposed to the stated level of interest he exhibited on the Friday night fights hit with Farhood, doesn't truly want to get in there with the Congressman. Does he fear a loss? Think Manny takes super supplements? Doesn't wish to reward the Filipino with a massive payday? Harbor ill will toward ex promoter Bob Arum, who heads up Manny's in ring arc? A combination of these explanations? Or something else? Who knows…I don't pretend to…so we will continue as we have since 2009, postulating, theorizing, spewing conjecture…and shaking our heads at how and why a $200 million fight doesn't get made, and the voice of the boxing citizenry aren't heeded…

Here is the release Showtime sent out touting the interview:

 

Unbeaten boxing superstar and perennial pound-for-pound kingpin, Floyd “Money” Mayweather (47-0, 26 KOs) broke his silence and called out Manny Pacquiao during an interview on SHOWTIME®during Friday's SHOWTIME BOXING: SPECIAL EDITION telecast from San Antonio.

Speaking publicly for the first time in many weeks, Mayweather was interviewed by SHOWTIME expert analyst and boxing historian Steve Farhood.

See below for highlights from the interview and click here to watch highlights from the interview on YouTube: 

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“Absolutely, I would love to fight Manny Pacquiao, we're trying to make the fight happen. Years ago we had problems with random blood and urine testing. I just want to have an even playing field.

“Now he's in a very, very tight situation with his loss to (Juan Manuel) Marquez and his loss to (Timothy) Bradley. His pay-per-view numbers are extremely low, so he's desperate. I've wanted that fight a long time ago.

“I'm just waiting on him; we have to make the fight happen on SHOWTIME PPV because SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING is No. 1 and will remain number one.

“Absolutely, Floyd Mayweather is not ducking or dodging any opponent. Bob Arum is stopping the fight. We have been trying to make the fight happen, behind the scenes, for years now. The fans and the people have been fooled because they have been listening to people on just one side. Now it's time for us to talk, we want to fight. Let's make it happen. May 2, Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao, let's do it.

“It's a little bit of everything that makes me want this fight because he's not on my level. The fans would love to see the fight and of course I want to go out with a bang. So let's make this fight happen.

“Manny Pacquiao, Bob Arum, you guys have been ducking us for years. We're tired of you guys fooling the public, fooling the critics. Before we tried to make the fight happen and you guys didn't want to take random blood and urine testing. So that's why the fight didn't happen. Then I offered you $40 million and you didn't want to make the fight happen. Then you lost twice and now you're coming back begging for the same money. That's not going to happen.

Let's make this fight for the people, for the fans. Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao May 2, Cinco de Mayweather.”

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COMMENTS

-Radam G :

Money May is so full of bullsyet. He makes the fight -- because he is the one who has been ducking and lying -- and he gets knocked da double fudge OUT early! He won't last six rounds. So he will have no opportunity to commit rape, as he human punching bag Big Nate claims that he will do to Da Manny. Big Nate needs to stuck to stealing chicken wing from strip joints. , Lil' Floyd defeat will be another sad story for a master optical illusionist of the actuality of the reality. And his mythology of psychology on the naive and his blinded fanfaronade will get exposed. History has always been cruel to fakes. Holla!


-SouthPawFlo :

Floyd is trying to make an attempt to say the ball is in there court when everybody knows that all it takes is a signature from Him and the fight is done.... Stop trying to Low Ball Manny... A split of 65/35 seems fair, have the fight in Vegas at 147, with 8oz Gloves, both agree to Random Blood & Urine testing, and win lose or draw let's have a rematch with the winner getting the Lions Share of the purse...


-brownsugar :

It was surreal watching Floyd calling out Manny on Showtime. But I can't see Arum putting on two competing PPV shows with two of his own fighters ( Paq & Cotto ) on the same night. Personally I'd probably make a sacrifice and try to watch them both. My boxing addiction not allowing me to get the results second handedly. But most would pick one or the other.


-Skibbz :

Fanning the fire, I'm sure it's burning pretty red hot by now can't they just sign on the line that's dotted and take years of pent up feelings out on eachother in the ring?


-Froggy :

Sounds like Floyd already decided what his excuse will be if it doesn't get made, Money ! It would be the biggest fight of all time and he's going to offer Pacquiao next to nothing to get out of facing him !


-SouthPawFlo :

Based on the numbers and performances of their last 5 fights the spilt should be 65/35 or 70/30 anything other than that I wouldn't even listen......


-deepwater2 :

Demanding the fight has to be on Showtime because Showtime is #1 is something of a roadblock when one boxer is under contract with HBO. The fight would be a co- promotion just like with Tyson -Lewis. I just want an even playing field is something TBE would not say. Why the awkward rehearsed answer? Just say I want to fight him and prove that I am the best! That's all ,not some long winded nonsense about PPV numbers etc etc . It was nice to hear young Thurman call out Floyd and say that ,Why would he be scared of Floyd ,since Floyd hasn't knocked out anyone in a very long time. Come to think of it since Floyd has been doing drug testing he hasn't knocked too many guys out. Hmmm.


-amayseng :

For the love of God when does all the BS stop? Good for Thurman calling out Floyd, he shouldn't have been that nice though. After his win tonight he needs to call Floyd out again and be more harsh about Floyd's lack of power and boring wins against Chino. He needs to embarrass Floyd and put him down for ducking Pac for so many years and challenge him to a full fledged WW. Floyd just put up two roadblocks and excuses. Low balling Pac money wise and the Showtime PPV road block, like he is the executive who makes that decision . What bull ****.


-amayseng :

It was surreal watching Floyd calling out Manny on Showtime. But I can't see Arum putting on two competing PPV shows with two of his own fighters ( Paq & Cotto ) on the same night. Personally I'd probably make a sacrifice and try to watch them both. My boxing addiction not allowing me to get the results second handedly. But most would pick one or the other.
Seemed like rehearsed lines from an amateur actor to me


-michigan400 :

I quit reading after "always wanted it". Let us know when its done and set, its just talk still and i dont believe a word from either side.


-Birddog :

Fraudee, STOP making demands, and setting conditions about where, how and when, who get's paid what. , You really deluding yourself, by setting conditions, and demands that the other side wont agree too. " Duh, you see I b callin' Pac out and he scared". Let me tell you something if you don't fight Pac cos of whatever imaginary reason and you retire, believe me that Pac ghost will follow you til you die and even then in your obit, will be "And he never fought Pac" lol


-SouthPawFlo :

Floyd is clearly the A side so shouldn't he be making the Demands, and Showtime gave him the biggest boxing deal ever. So why wouldn't he want the fight to be there??? 65/35 Split and have Bob Arum take a "size able" step away few and the fight should be made.


-DaveB :

Floyd does what always does. His excuses are built into any interview that he gives. I think most people think he is the reason for this not happening. At least 75% why. It is so frustrating. Instead of just saying let's negotiate and get it done he always brings up the past and the roadblocks to the future. I agree, I don't want to hear endless interviews about how much they both want to fight for the fans. Get it done already. Follow in Kovalev's footsteps. He is setting the blue print for getting big fights done.


-Radam G :

Fraudee, STOP making demands, and setting conditions about where, how and when, who get's paid what. , You really deluding yourself, by setting conditions, and demands that the other side wont agree too. " Duh, you see I b callin' Pac out and he scared". Let me tell you something if you don't fight Pac cos of whatever imaginary reason and you retire, believe me that Pac ghost will follow you til you die and even then in your obit, will be "And he never fought Pac" lol
Lil' Floyd is a full-blown sociopath. All his dirt, lies and make believe are the perfectnorm to him. And he believes that he makes the rules. Just let Lil' Floyd fight Charles MANSON. Manson would kick his arse. It is over for Money May. Sneaking in his hormone therapy treatments and using xylocaine for umpteen years have made him stone crazy in da membrane. Holla!


-DaveB :

Floyd is clearly the A side so shouldn't he be making the Demands, and Showtime gave him the biggest boxing deal ever. So why wouldn't he want the fight to be there??? 65/35 Split and have Bob Arum take a "size able" step away few and the fight should be made.
I don't know if he is side A to the degree that he thinks he is. Pacquaio is going to bring people out to the fight in a way no other fighter can. These demands he is making off the jump will just impend the fight from ever happening. And why can't Showtime and HBO work together to make it happen? I think a 60/40 split would work. Sit down and honestly in good faith try to work it out. Besides the fight that is all we want.


-SouthPawFlo :

60/40 Split isn't happening, nor should it, Pacquaio is coming off his lowest PPV in years and the Rios fight wasn't much Better... Just a year ago Floyd did 2m Buys and That's more Pac's last 3 fights combined... 70/30 65/35 If you take away all the opinions on which fighter you like the best and look at the numbers, Pac Doesn't deserve more than 35% His Last "Big" fight was Marquez 4 and we all know how that ended....


-DaveB :

But if you look at who he was fighting to get 2M buys, it was Canelo. Mayweather has been doing better numbers I'll agree but it is Arum who is skewing the buys by putting Pac in with people that buyers aren't interested in. This fight can't get made without Pac. Without a good dance partner Mayweather's numbers go down.


-amayseng :

60/40 Split isn't happening, nor should it, Pacquaio is coming off his lowest PPV in years and the Rios fight wasn't much Better... Just a year ago Floyd did 2m Buys and That's more Pac's last 3 fights combined... 70/30 65/35 If you take away all the opinions on which fighter you like the best and look at the numbers, Pac Doesn't deserve more than 35% His Last "Big" fight was Marquez 4 and we all know how that ended....
Who are you to decide Pac does not deserve more than 35%? Are you an accountant for Showtime or HBO?


-Froggy :

Record PPV number with Pacquiao terrible numbers without Pacquiao, everybody knows that !


-michigan400 :

Personally, I dont care what either guy makes. Quit talking to everyone but each other, start getting the deal made. Plenty of money for each side with this one. If this does happen, we should all send a thank you note to Cotto and Canelo! Or maybe the sneaky genius of Arum?? Maybe Cotto gets a "training injury" and that fight gets postponed? If it was used for leverage, they might have found the right lever for the job. Just thinking out loud here. Lol!


-Radam G :

Lil' Floyd and Showtime love to lie and cook the book. HBO, Top Rank and Da Manny deal with the actuality of the reality. Against Maidana in both bouts Money May got a combine 800thou PPV buyouts. In Da Manny's last two bouts, he has gotten a combine 1.1mil. Don't take my word for it. Use your brains and check with the right feeders of the four one one. Even tonight, HBO is going to get a better rating and crowd, but Showtime and all the other parties are going to be lying their arses off and cooking those books like always. Holla!


-Radam G :

Hehehehehehe! Money May is an archmaster of da bull. Now he is saying that he will fight Da Manny for no less than $250mil. The fight is a go in Abu Dhabi for Money May getting a guarantee of $110mil and Da Manny $90mil. But that is too low for Money May. And that is because his punkedified [sic] arse doesn't want that work. The fight for Money May is not about moolah or da BobFather. It is about Money May not wanting to fight Da Manny on any spot on earth, bcause Money May will lose -- get knocked da double fudge OUT! He loves to talk about what Hulkquez did and the gift that Bradley got, so why doesn't Money May do the same to Da Manny? Da Manny is going to make Money May into a Sleeping Beauty. And you will need 19,000 ugly frogs to kiss Money May's upside da kisser and wake his scary arse up. All the frogs will be on xylocaine and hormone replacement therapy too -- just as cheating-on-da-slick Money May. He know what time it is.


-SouthPawFlo :

65/35 with an Arum Buy-Out split the Promotion with HBO/Showtime random blood & urine test 8oz Gloves 147lbs


-Froggy :

65/35 with an Arum Buy-Out split the Promotion with HBO/Showtime random blood & urine test 8oz Gloves 147lbs
65/35 ? What kind of PPV numbers are expected to pay Pacquiao such a small % ? Of course if the PPV numbers are higher, Pacquiao gets the lions share right ?


-Radam G :

Lil' Floyd ought to quit! He wearing his shades around the clock now, because he is doping. He is no different from dope addict that uses needles in his arms, leg and arse. Lil' Floyd is hiding needle marks from a "vampire facial" my arse. He is using tricks of the trade doping. And I ain't joking. I would not be surprised that he is addicted to some type of drug in the sneak way that late athletic and entertainment superstars were. And the nearest people to them didn't know until that person died from an overdose. Holla!


-SouthPawFlo :

Pacquaio should get the lions share???? Can someone explain this to me???


-Kawilui :

From this point Money shouldn't be an issue.. If Floyd really want to fight PAC then he can make it happen... It's all about Floyd and Floyd alone... ShutUp Floyd and stop blaming Arum.. Just fight Pacquiao!!!! #TBE - The Best Excuses!