The majority of us are most comfortable with the arrival of good news. In the case of a certain Floyd Mayweather, Jr., we were in no way served up a dish of “no news is good news” in regard to his long awaited (and in more realistic terms, hallucinatory) showdown with Manny Pacquiao. This writer just happened to be ringside last Friday evening at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas when the namesake of Mayweather Promotions made an appearance at the event and took the time to speak to Steve Farhood from the Showtime network.
I had to wait until I got home to see the gist of his interview with Farhood when he expressed his desire as well as intent to meet Pacquiao in the ring on May 2. Even more shocking than the blood red pants that Mayweather was sporting was the aftershock effect on not only the room rates in Las Vegas for the weekend closest to Cinco de Mayo, but the diversion of attention from the main event as well. If we were to go strictly by the self proclaimed “Worldwide Leader in Sports” and their respective network, then we wouldn’t have been aware by any stretch of the imagination that one of the sport’s top fighters, Erislandy Lara, put on a master clinic in the ring the same night and in the same venue as the aforementioned interview took place. Either the fact that Lara thoroughly ran roughshod over one of Mayweather’s fighters, Ishe Smith, wasn’t worth mentioning or the further spinning of the on and off soap opera between Mayweather and Pacquiao just had to be rattled yet again.
Floyd stated that he’s wanted to give us the mega fight “for years” and that Bob Arum of Top Rank was the bout’s main obstacle. Why would a man who was behind the promotion of such classics as Hagler versus Hearns as well as the career of Muhammad Ali reasonably try to stand in the way of the biggest fight of this generation?”
All Floyd had to do was blather out two especially telling words: May second. Rates at the supposed host hotel (The MGM Grand in Las Vegas) for that Saturday evening start at $450, which will get you a night in the “West Wing” of the hotel, an area that looks more like a division three dormitory with rooms that boast a small slice in the brick walls resembling a window. It just took two words to do this.
Luckily, the rooms are refundable up to a certain date, so if the fight doesn’t materialize then we could get our money returned to us. In any case and if that doesn’t work, then why not stick around for a rumored fight that (per Arum) which is more geared towards Cinco de Mayo? How about Saul “Canelo” Alvarez versus Miguel Cotto? Mexico versus Puerto Rico. That’s always a battle.