It Only Took Three Weeks To Make “The Real Fight Of Any Century”

This past Thanksgiving weekend a friend of mine who I’ll refer to as Dave, went to Las Vegas for the weekend. Dave is very connected to the entertainment field regarding Atlantic City and Las Vegas.

When I saw him the week after Thanksgiving, he said to me, “Frank, it’s set! Floyd and Manny are going to fight May 2nd of next year at the MGM in Vegas.”

Dave said, “The big executives at the MGM have already reserved the date for the fight.”

I said to him there’s been no announcement what so ever that the fight has been finalized. He simply said, “That’s what the big money boys are saying, they’ve been holding the date since October.”

Despite Dave being one of the nicest and most trust- worthy people you could have as a friend, I didn’t write what he passed along to me, even though I believed him. And the reason for that was, the Mayweather-Pacquiao bout has been on and off so many times that I just wasn’t confident that Mayweather wouldn’t find another way to stall it again. So I didn’t pursue it any further because of the overload of faux reports pertaining to the anticipated bout. Well, due to what’s recently been reported and how it appears the fight will be finalized soon, or so we think, it looks as if Dave will be right regarding when and where the fight will take place.

This shouldn’t be a big surprise.

On January 10th I wrote how I thought the time was nearing for Mayweather-Pacquiao and how HBO and Showtime would work together and not prevent the bout from being realized. And the reason I stressed in the article was: “the public is fed up with both fighters not facing each other and it was evidenced by their declining PPV buy numbers for HBO and Showtime. So they really didn’t have anywhere else to turn regarding opponents that could stimulate public interest.” So it looks like this coming May 2, on the weekend of Cinco de Mayo, Floyd Mayweather 47-0 (26) will fight Manny Pacquiao 57-5-2 (38) in what will be a blockbuster event five years after the sell by date of when it was truly a legitimate super-fight.

For the past week the activity/reporting regarding the fight coming to fruition has really escalated; however, Mayweather has flooded social media saying it’s not done yet and asking everybody to slow down while he tours the world on his private jet. Just once I would love to see Floyd overplay his hand, so much so that those who want to see the fight become disgusted enough that they lose interest in it. But that’s not going to happen, and what makes it worse is Mayweather knows it.

What stands out most to me and why Floyd is stringing the public along further is this – apparently Team Pacquiao hasn’t agreed to every single demand that Team Mayweather has insisted upon. And you better believe that until that happens there’s no way Mayweather will go through with the fight. None what so ever because with it being so close, and both the public and Pacquiao being so hungry for it, there is no urgency on his part to bend on anything, and he won’t.

The more Mayweather drags this on the more it becomes obvious that he isn’t cut from the same cloth as other past great champions. And yes, I’m saying he’s not the in-ring-fighter they were, and he’ll be forgotten soon after he retires regardless whether he wins or loses to Pacquiao. Sure, he doesn’t want to end up destitute like other past greats have, and to insure against that he’s managed himself brilliantly. He has more money than he’ll ever need, I think. And to that I say good for him. I’m for all fighters getting as much money as they can. But Floyd has taken it to the point that he’s lost touch.

Floyd has been convinced by the media and fans that he and Pacquiao fighting is a really big deal, but it’s really not. He’ll be 38 when the fight takes place, we’ve seen him lose at least once in the ring, to Jose Luis Castillo….so Manny really cannot be the first fighter to defeat him. As for Pacquiao, he’s been defeated five times and stopped three times. So what makes Mayweather beating him such a herculean feat? It doesn’t, and it’s unlikely that Mayweather will beat Pacquiao as conclusively and decisively as Juan Manuel Marquez did in 2012.

Mayweather-Pacquiao is Frazier-Ali I to those who were born after 1980. And the reason for that is, Mayweather has been the top dog in boxing for most of their teen years through adulthood. So to them Mayweather is the be-all end-all because they weren’t around to see the greats who fought during the sixties, seventies and most of the eighties.

In the realm of super-fights, Mayweather-Pacquiao isn’t as compelling to me and many others as Pryor-Arguello I, Duran-Leonard I, Leonard-Hearns I, Foreman-Ali. And it doesn’t even get within sniffing distance regarding anticipation of any one of the three clashes between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier circa 1971-75.

Think about this, and how crazy it sounds when Mayweather says he’s the greatest or “TBE.”

On March 22nd 1967 Muhammad Ali knocked out Zora Folley in the seventh round to mark the ninth consecutive defense of his undisputed heavyweight title. One month later he was stripped of the title for refusing military induction. Ali didn’t fight again until October 26th of 1970 when he stopped top contender Jerry Quarry in three rounds. On December 7th he fought the next ranked contender, Oscar Bonavena, and stopped him in the 15th round of a rough fight. Twenty three days later on December 30th 1970, Ali agreed to meet an undefeated all-time great wrecking machine named “Smokin” Joe Frazier, who was at his absolute peak and the defending undisputed heavyweight champion of the world. Oh, and Ali would meet Frazier nine weeks later in the most anticipated sporting event in history, after fighting only 18 rounds in four years.

Yet Floyd Mayweather has strung along fighting the former featherweight champ for five years because not all of his terms to insure victory have been met! Yeah, he’s “TBE.”

Frank Lotierzo can be contacted at GlovedFist@Gmail.com

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COMMENTS

-The Commish :

Super article, Frank. Given a choice, I'd rather see Guillermo Rigondeaux v Leo Santa Cruz than $$$May-Pacquiao. I'd rather see Deontay Wilder v Tyson Fury. I'd rather see Lucas Matthysse v Ruslan Provodnikov. I'd rather see Sergei Kovalev v Adonis Stevenson. I'd rather see Danny Garcia v Lamont Peterson. I'd rather see Vasyl Lomachenko v Nicholas Walters. I'd rather see Roman Gonzales v Juan Carlos Reveco. I'd rather see Naoya Inoue v Ryo Matsumoto. I'd rather see Andre Ward in a return against anybody. I'd rather see GGG v Martin Murray. I'd rather see Keith Thurman v Robert Guerrero. I'd rather watch a replays of the "Thrilla' in Manila," George Foreman v Ron Lyle, Marvelous Marvin Hagler v Thomas Hearns, Sugar Ray Leonard v Roberto Duran I & II, Sugar Ray Leonard v Thomas Hearns I. any of the Arturo Gatti v Micky Ward fights & anything I can find on Sugar Ray Robinson, Henry Armstrong & Alexis Arguello. I'd rather see fighters who want to fight the best and are willing to fight the best, rather than $$$Mayweather-Pacquiao. It really meant something five or six years ago. It means very little to me now. If it happens, it happens. But if it doesn't, if it is announced today that the deal is off the table, that there is zero chance of the fight happening, I'll just shrug my shoulders, for there are so many other big fights that we WILL see this year, so many big fights that WILL happen. I can live without seeing $$$May v Pacquiao. Its $$$May who will also have to live with not giving the fans the one fight they wanted to see him take. It's his legacy, not ours. -Randy G.


-Radam G :

Things have become more complicated. And it is hard to get them slated. Hehe! Holla!


-michigan400 :

Floyd measures legacy in fancy cars, private jets and restraining orders from his ho's. He doesn't care one bit what the fans want and for some reason, people praise him for this attitude. So why should he change? He's got a legion of morons that believe whatever he says and buy whatever he tells them to.


-Radam G :

Floyd measures legacy in fancy cars, private jets and restraining orders from his ho's. He doesn't care one bit what the fans want and for some reason, people praise him for this attitude. So why should he change? He's got a legion of morons that believe whatever he says and buy whatever he tells them to.
True DAT! True DAT! Dude has no reason to change. Especially not for and toward intelligent minds. The "legion of morons" is what powers and enriches him. Money May has made tomfoolery da BIG boss. Out the window -- those around him -- even commonsense they will toss. "Don't shake up Money May!" That is the song that these arseholes play. So Money May is to do everything his way. And brag about at the end of the day. Nobody has the cojones to tell him to puck off and that the party is over. There is just too much money to be made even with him not dancing with Da Manny. Holla!


-Pazuzu :

Super article, Frank. Given a choice, I'd rather see Guillermo Rigondeaux v Leo Santa Cruz than $$$May-Pacquiao. I'd rather see Deontay Wilder v Tyson Fury. I'd rather see Lucas Matthysse v Ruslan Provodnikov. I'd rather see Sergei Kovalev v Adonis Stevenson. I'd rather see Danny Garcia v Lamont Peterson. I'd rather see Vasyl Lomachenko v Nicholas Walters. I'd rather see Roman Gonzales v Juan Carlos Reveco. I'd rather see Naoya Inoue v Ryo Matsumoto. I'd rather see Andre Ward in a return against anybody. I'd rather see GGG v Martin Murray. I'd rather see Keith Thurman v Robert Guerrero. I'd rather watch a replays of the "Thrilla' in Manila," George Foreman v Ron Lyle, Marvelous Marvin Hagler v Thomas Hearns, Sugar Ray Leonard v Roberto Duran I & II, Sugar Ray Leonard v Thomas Hearns I. any of the Arturo Gatti v Micky Ward fights & anything I can find on Sugar Ray Robinson, Henry Armstrong & Alexis Arguello. I'd rather see fighters who want to fight the best and are willing to fight the best, rather than $$$Mayweather-Pacquiao. It really meant something five or six years ago. It means very little to me now.
If it happens, it happens. But if it doesn't, if it is announced today that the deal is off the table, that there is zero chance of the fight happening, I'll just shrug my shoulders, for there are so many other big fights that we WILL see this year, so many big fights that WILL happen. I can live without seeing $$$May v Pacquiao. Its $$$May who will also have to live with not giving the fans the one fight they wanted to see him take. It's his legacy, not ours. -Randy G.
Superb response. I'd add Canelo-Kirkland to the list, also Cotto against pretty much anybody except Mayweather (already seen that fight - a good scrap, but I dont need to see it again).


-Froggy :

Superb response. I'd add Canelo-Kirkland to the list, also Cotto against pretty much anybody except Mayweather (already seen that fight - a good scrap, but I dont need to see it again).
It was a great response and all of those fights could be better than Manny vs Floyd but I really want to see it ! The commish is 100% right it is Mayweather's legacy not Pacquiao's if the fight doesn't happen !


-DaveB :

Excellent article. Excellent posts. You guys get it. I truly believe if Mayweather came out and sincerely stated - I am afraid to fight Pacquaio because I am afraid I will lose, his followers would say - He was just joking with you'll. He said that to make people leave him alone. He knows he beats Pacquaio easily. It is truly amazing because no matter what he does or says some people will defend him. I agree with Commish about those other fights. I would still like to see Mayweather Pacquaio because there still is some interest, from me and I'm sure the Commish. This fight obviously should have been done a long time ago. But I'll always wonder what if, if it doesn't happen. However it shouldn't happen at all costs. I agree that Mayweather is trying to get everything in his favor so that he cannot lose. That sucks.


-Pazuzu :

If this fight does not happen, Floyd's legacy will not be TBE; it will be BCE (Biggest Chump Ever)!


-Radam G :

Excellent article. Excellent posts. You guys get it. I truly believe if Mayweather came out and sincerely stated - I am afraid to fight Pacquaio because I am afraid I will lose, his followers would say - He was just joking with you'll. He said that to make people leave him alone. He knows he beats Pacquaio easily. It is truly amazing because no matter what he does or says some people will defend him. I agree with Commish about those other fights. I would still like to see Mayweather Pacquaio because there still is some interest, from me and I'm sure the Commish. This fight obviously should have been done a long time ago. But I'll always wonder what if, if it doesn't happen. However it shouldn't happen at all costs. I agree that Mayweather is trying to get everything in his favor so that he cannot lose. That sucks.
Money May sincerely does not want this fight, but he is feeling the pressure. Even his pops and Uncle Roger have push a bit. And the truth from the brown who can stick around and the yellow who is suppose to be mellow is that Fam May believes that "The white man is going to robbed Lil' Floyd against that Filipino." C'mon, PEOPLE! I have BIG cojones and will talk. I'm not into secret discussions and political right syet. Fam May and Lil' Floyd also believe that he would be a billioaire if he were "white." Fam May's only defense against their delusion or confusion -- or whatever da puck it is -- is don't give the white man what he wants. Oh, YUP! Lil Floyd is playing the ultimate "RACE CARD." Something that the ratchet people and hoodrats around him call [N-word that ends in an a] control. What is wrong with Money May's flagship propaganda site FightHype? Top dude Ben doesn't have the cojones to be an iota like the late, great Howard Cosell and "tell it like it is." Bring it on, jive sucka! Nobody is going to give a flying triple, dive squirrel's arse anyway. Besides, if people are so naive about what Afrikan AmerKanos call [N-word] talk and control, SHAME, SHAME, SHAME on them. Money May feels cheated by the white powers that be, so he and tsAH are showing them what I said above. Hehehe! And they have added in what Buffalo wing-steaking Big Nate call "N***a s***! I'm safe village hopping over here in the P-Islands. And at the risk of spilling one of my trades, I have haters, posers and trouble makers blindsided with mad skills in electronic diversion. I don't wanna sound like a weirdo, but dat is how it is with da real-real! Later for the phoniness of Fam May. They can handle an arse thrashing. An Asian is going to beat Lil' Floyd's arse, not a Caucasian. But than again, Da Manny is mixed with all of those so-labelled three major races. And you Stanks -- I mean Yanks -- ought quit acting like this ain't no nationality or race fight. IT IS! So get to calling a spade a spade. Ninety percent of Americans are already calling it that. This is the greatest race fight since "Unforgivable Blackness" Jack Johnson and the helpless tar baby "White Hope" Jimmy J. Jeffrie tangled. And this the greatest nationalistic, jingoistic scrap since the AmerKano "Brown Bomber" Joe Louis and German Nazi tar-baby-ized Max Schmeling got down for two minutes and a half. Money May will probably be good for six rounds before he is knocked da double fudge out. Hahaha! Holla!


-Froggy :

I agree with all the previous posts, I just want to add one thing, Ali vs Frazier 3 was 2 great heavyweights well past their prime, but it was the best heavyweight fight I ever seen ! Pacman vs Money probably can't match that, but it could still be one of the greatest fights in history, or not, I just hope we find out !


-amayseng :

It is not gonna happen Floyd don't want it


-Froggy :

It is not gonna happen Floyd don't want it
I hope you are wrong about the first part and I agree 100% about the second part !


-Radam G :

I agree with all the previous posts, I just want to add one thing, Ali vs Frazier 3 was 2 great heavyweights well past their prime, but it was the best heavyweight fight I ever seen ! Pacman vs Money probably can't match that, but it could still be one of the greatest fights in history, or not, I just hope we find out !
Sorry, Froggy! I'm not trying to say that you are groggy. But I don't buy that then 31-year-old Smokin' Joe Frazier and then 33-year-old GOAT Muhammad Ali were well past their primes. The first black heavyweight champion of the world -- "Unforgivable Blackness" was 30-years old when he won the world title, and was 32 when he fought "White Hope" tar-baby-ized 35-year-old James J Jeffries. You guys just cannot be going willy-nilly about when fighters are "well past their prime." With pugs winning world titles at over 40-year old for the last 120 years saying that 30 $omething is past your prime ain't right. The fighter could have other genetic and non-gentic issues. Besides even the O-Games is letting pugs compete nowadays to 42-years old instead of 34-years old. Who made up the past-your-prime excuse anyway? Some talking heads who have never been an athlete -- PERIOD! Holla!


-brownsugar :

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this article is a crock, with all due respect,... my statement is not an indictment against the venerable personage of the vigilant and insightful Frank Lotierzo who happens to be one of the most perceptive writers on this site, ...However there is not a single word of validity to this article.
This fight isn't being delayed by Floyd Mayweather Jr, Floyd could be in Egypt searching the pyramids for some ancient swag left behind by King Tutankhamen and it wouldn't have a single bit of impact on this fight. Floyd could sign a contract from anywhere in the world electronically via the use of a smart phone. We do it all the time on my job. In fact, this is a practice that's universally used in the business world. Floyd's so called vacation has been incorrectly sensationalized as the reason why the fight has not been signed when in fact it has nothing to do with the completion of the deal at all. This is the reason Floyd has maintained for weeks that Arum, Pac, Koentz, and HBO have been lying to the public by indicating they're all just waiting on Floyds signature. The contract is not even complete yet, Pac may have agreed to his terms, but HBO and Showtime still have some things to work out. Pac himself and Michael K may not even be fully aware of why the fight was being delayed, All they know is what Boss Arum tells them. And HBO doesn't have nearly the motivation to get the fight done that Showtime does because the fight will be shown on Showtime.
HBO could literally continue to stall the fight until there's not enough time to complete and prepare for the event which would be tragically spiteful and asinine way to block the most highly demanded and popular fight in history. The root cause of the delay holding back the consummation of this fight is HBO(and Showtime), who aren't in agreement with some of the ancillary aspects of the details regarding the redistribution of the fight. (rights to replay etc....) It was Floyd who ascertained that Pacquiao was attending the "Heats" game and personally took the initiative to acquire his own courtside seat at the half court mark.... and as we all know they also proceeded to have a discussion at Pac's hotel after the game. If you haven't noticed by now, several things have been verified by every reputable news source on the internet. 1. Pac is no longer saying the fight is signed. 2. Arum has acknowledged that there's still work to be done at the administrative level(Showtime and HBO) before the fight can be completed. 3. Michaek K., Pac's advisor has acknowleged there is no signed contract and Floyd is sincere about making the fight. Koentz also acknowledged that He (and Pac, and Arum) lied about the fight being signed completed on their side and subsequently gave an interview on FightHype to clear Floyds name as the culprit of the delay. 4. Koentz also stated that the Feb 1 deadline has been removed due to fact that the true reason for the delay has nothing to with Floyd Mayweather, it's the Big Guns (Showtime vs HBO) who are the ones having difficulty reaching a mutually beneficial agreement. In regards to the biggest fights of the Century, whether you venture into the hallowed past of epic events, from the sport altering bouts of the Jack Johnsons era, to the uplifting Louis vs Schmelling fight, to Ali's epic Rumble in the Jungle and the Thrilla in Manilla, to finally the record shattering bouts between Holyfield and Lennox versus Mike Tyson. .... Yes they were all great sporting events which attracted mainstream interest and heavily boosted boxing's profile among the casual fans.
But this is NOW !!!! FLOYD VS PAC IS TODAY!!!, ..... if this fight is made it will eclipse every other fight ever made in the history of mankind and will become the bench mark of every fight yet to come. Floyd vs Pac will be etched into the fabric of boxing history for as long as Planet Earth exists, the fight will be added to time capsules so when the human civilization has been reduced to ashes resting upon a scorched uninhabitable earth. The Extraterrestrial travelers who visit the crumbled vestiges of our once fair planet in an effort to salvage our history, will inevitably locate and discover one of our time capsules (which contain a summary of human history) lodged in it's crypt, containing all the highlights of human existence on our planet,... they will find historical accounts of great wars, notable political events, scientific discoveries and popular theological doctrine, and along with all of this,.... they will also discover a pristine image of Floyd vs Pac along with a description of the greatest sporting event in history, .... they might even get the full video along with a visa charge from the Money Team. "You know Floyd never misses a beat. lol... " If the fight doesn't happen, we only have the cable giants to blame. Surely the weight of the financial windfall, in addition to the immense popular demand will break even the most intractable elements of stubborn pride and greed which are stalling the completion of the deal.
keep your fingers crossed. this fight must happen!


-stormcentre :

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this article is a crock, with all due respect,... my statement is not an indictment against the venerable personage of the vigilant and insightful Frank Lotierzo who happens to be one of the most perceptive writers on this site, ...However there is not a single word of validity to this article.
Love it. Could argue . . . sorry, debate . . with you over the merits of the claim that the, ""statement is not an indictment against the venerable, vigilant and insightful Frank Lotierzo"" though - as how could it not be? But I won't. There's enough clandestine poetry and hidden art in the scripting just the way it is. :)


-brownsugar :

As I wrote this, BS just posted on their site that HBO has now said they are ready to go. does this mean the fight's eminent? whether is true I have no idea, ....seems like it though, one step closer, I never even followed the OJ trial this closely. lets see what happens in the next couple of days.


-brownsugar :

thanks Storm, just trying to be respectful.


-Froggy :

Sorry, Froggy! I'm not trying to say that you are groggy. But I don't buy that then 31-year-old Smokin' Joe Frazier and then 33-year-old GOAT Muhammad Ali were well past their primes. The first black heavyweight champion of the world -- "Unforgivable Blackness" was 30-years old when he won the world title, and was 32 when he fought "White Hope" tar-baby-ized 35-year-old James J Jeffries. You guys just cannot be going willy-nilly about when fighters are "well past their prime." With pugs winning world titles at over 40-year old for the last 120 years saying that 30 $omething is past your prime ain't right. The fighter could have other genetic and non-gentic issues. Besides even the O-Games is letting pugs compete nowadays to 42-years old instead of 34-years old. Who made up the past-your-prime excuse anyway? Some talking heads who have never been an athlete -- PERIOD! Holla!
Maybe I was a bit groggy, I do like my beer a little bit, I should not have used to word well, I agree with that !