Floyd Mayweather, Jr. – Two Words

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.

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COMMENTS

-brownsugar :

Del La Hoya made it very clear several days ago that a fight between Floyd and Pac on May 2nd is the only fight that carries the magnitude of marketabiliy to force Canelo off that date. But will Arum release Pac to compete against one of his own or replace one of the biggest fights of the year with another fighter from his own stable? In my opinion the most significant two words in this equation is Bob Arum.


-stormcentre :

Now what you have said there is even more particularly true (Oxymoron?) if . . . and I'm not saying this is or is not the case . . Arum believes that Pacquaio can't beat Floyd and it's soon going to be time to cash in/out . . . which is what some insiders think.


-aljamieson :

Arum loses nothing if Pacquiao loses to Mayweather. Future PPV marketability? Those days are over for both fighters, but particularly for Pacquiao. The prospect of Pacquiao losing doesn't aound like a feasible reason to block a fight that will yield Top Rank more money than two or three other Pacman fights combined


-Radam G :

Arum loses nothing if Pacquiao loses to Mayweather. Future PPV marketability? Those days are over for both fighters, but particularly for Pacquiao. The prospect of Pacquiao losing doesn't aound like a feasible reason to block a fight that will yield Top Rank more money than two or three other Pacman fights combined
First! Da Manny would beat Money May. Second! The mainland USA doesn't define how much money that Da Manny makes. He is not like Money May. And is showing off his darn money. Forty eight million people watched Da Manny in China in his last bout. Around the world, close to a billion people watch him. His total worldly money from PPV, closed circuit , television, endorsements, entrepreneurship and movie acting and singing makes Money May look like a charity case. Money May is the typical "Ugly American," racist bullsyeter playing to his audience of naive ethnocentric Amerkanos who thinks that their syet doesn't stinks and everybody else in the world catches a cold if they sneeze. Holla!


-dino da vinci :

Great, accurate posts. By the way, you're not obligated to stay at the host casino. You have literally 150,000 choices.


-Birddog :

Floyd,the ghost of fights you should have taken will haunt you forevvvvvvvvvver and follow you to the grave and beyond, "Why didn't you fite Pac, or Why didn't Fraud fite Pac, why o why?!


-stormcentre :

Arum loses nothing if Pacquiao loses to Mayweather. Future PPV marketability? Those days are over for both fighters, but particularly for Pacquiao. The prospect of Pacquiao losing doesn't aound like a feasible reason to block a fight that will yield Top Rank more money than two or three other Pacman fights combined
You may be right. But then you may be wrong too. Bob and TR's new (2 year old) business plan involves capturing the Asian market, and currently I still see no-one (in the TR stables) that can assist Mr. Arum with that task as well as Pacquaio; particularly whilst he is both a wildly popular active fighter and politician. Aside from that, and on a pure boxing level, who (at the moment) has TR got that is marketable and dynamic as Pacquaio both has been and is? The guy is a flowing river of money for Bob and TR in so many ways. Plus, he doesn't give Bob any of the egotistical push-back and/or other legal headaches that most other big (or even half Manny's popularity) boxing stars do. For the most part Pacquaio just acts in accordance with the promotional contract. Finally, (regardless of TR's above-mentioned Asian interests and business model) what a future contact for Bob Arum to have in (looking after) Manny Pacquaio . . . I mean, look at (the geographic locations of) some of the biggest and most memorable fights in history . . Thriller in Manilla, Rumble in the Jungle . . etc. I can't see how it does Bob any good not to nurture and covet the best investment he has got and had for a while. Particularly considering that Pacquaio could one day be the guy that influences/decides whether an Asian and/or Philippine nation and/or given territorial area spends tax dollars (or the equivalent in Philippine currency) on a big Top Rank fight - just as the Indonesian heads of state did for Frazier and Ali with the Thriller In Manilla all those years ago. Arum may rub the fans, fighters and other promoters up the wrong way from time to time, but the guy is shrewd, smart and a lawyer. You don't get to be, and last, in the boxing-promotional game, for as long as Bob has been without being absolutely crackling sharp and extremely savvy. Additionally, there's a reason Bob promoted and lined up Chris Algeiri (a solid B grade fighter) to fight Pacquaio (a solid A++) fighter, and it's not because Arum loses nothing if Pacquiao loses, to Mayweather or anyone. Anyway, I get your point and appreciate the fact you made it. I see you're relatively new here - welcome. Finally, we all enjoy a solid and healthy debate on this forum, and I am by no means right just because I come across with confidence. So, please, let me have it if I am wrong. :cool:


-stormcentre :

Oh did I mention this game is all about money? You have to understand all the revenue streams before all the decisions even start to make sense.


-stormcentre :

Floyd,the ghost of fights you should have taken will haunt you forevvvvvvvvvver and follow you to the grave and beyond, "Why didn't you fite Pac, or Why didn't Fraud fite Pac, why o why?!
BirdDog. Where you been man? Cool alias. Tell us (what you're comfortable with) about yourself.


-Birddog :

Stormie, You said it so nice you posted it twice. I commented on the possibility or no possibility of the Mayweather - Pac, fite. What I wrote it the truth, if the fight doesn't happen. Take for example the Jack Dempsey vs Harry Wills fight, both have passed away quite awhile ago and the there is still a debate over that fight that never happened. Yes, my friend, if both retire without fighting each other it will be the same. Pac has at least stated his willingness to fight even at a lower pay. Mayweather meanwhile is setting conditions that put a damper on negotiations. Sure Mayweather has the right, but he is leaving no room for negotiation. "Must get rid of Bob, must fight on SHOWTIME PPV, Testing, the split, pleeeeeeeeeeeeze.


-amayseng :

Stormie, You said it so nice you posted it twice. I commented on the possibility or no possibility of the Mayweather - Pac, fite. What I wrote it the truth, if the fight doesn't happen. Take for example the Jack Dempsey vs Harry Wills fight, both have passed away quite awhile ago and the there is still a debate over that fight that never happened. Yes, my friend, if both retire without fighting each other it will be the same. Pac has at least stated his willingness to fight even at a lower pay. Mayweather meanwhile is setting conditions that put a damper on negotiations. Sure Mayweather has the right, but he is leaving no room for negotiation. "Must get rid of Bob, must fight on SHOWTIME PPV, Testing, the split, pleeeeeeeeeeeeze.
Agreed. In Floyd's latest interview on Showtime he put up roadblocks, probably subconciously, he does not even see himself finding ways out of the fight. Who is he to care that the PPV fight take place ONLY on Showtime? You are telling me he is making 100 million dollars or more and he is worried about Showtime solely having the PPV?? GTFOH. Floyd does NOT want the fight, period.


-stormcentre :

Stormie, You said it so nice you posted it twice. I commented on the possibility or no possibility of the Mayweather - Pac, fite. What I wrote it the truth, if the fight doesn't happen. Take for example the Jack Dempsey vs Harry Wills fight, both have passed away quite awhile ago and the there is still a debate over that fight that never happened. Yes, my friend, if both retire without fighting each other it will be the same. Pac has at least stated his willingness to fight even at a lower pay. Mayweather meanwhile is setting conditions that put a damper on negotiations. Sure Mayweather has the right, but he is leaving no room for negotiation. "Must get rid of Bob, must fight on SHOWTIME PPV, Testing, the split, pleeeeeeeeeeeeze.
Cool BD - thanks for the response. There's no doubt that - out of all we discuss - Floyd certainly wants to own, or disrupt plans related to, the Cinco De Mayo May 2015 weekend. There is a lot of strategic value in doing that for him; regardless of whether he (says he) fights Pacquaio or not.


-stormcentre :

Stormie, You said it so nice you posted it twice. I commented on the possibility or no possibility of the Mayweather - Pac, fite. What I wrote it the truth, if the fight doesn't happen. Take for example the Jack Dempsey vs Harry Wills fight, both have passed away quite awhile ago and the there is still a debate over that fight that never happened. Yes, my friend, if both retire without fighting each other it will be the same. Pac has at least stated his willingness to fight even at a lower pay. Mayweather meanwhile is setting conditions that put a damper on negotiations. Sure Mayweather has the right, but he is leaving no room for negotiation. "Must get rid of Bob, must fight on SHOWTIME PPV, Testing, the split, pleeeeeeeeeeeeze.
Cool BD - thanks for the response. There's no doubt that - out of all we discuss - Floyd certainly wants to own, or disrupt plans related to, the Cinco De Mayo May 2015 weekend. There is a lot of strategic value in doing that for him; regardless of whether he (says he) fights Pacquaio or not.