Mayweather vs Pacquiao – The Last Mile

There isn’t a podium large enough for this type of announcement. “Boxing legions,” states a boisterous orator, “lend me your ears…or better yet your wallets.”

We asked and they delivered. Sort of. Remember the old days when we’d subscribe to a magazine or order something through the mail? Although some wait times haven’t changed too much to this day, we were all accustomed to the disclaimer which read, “please allow six to eight weeks for processing and delivery.”

Friday’s long awaited and evisceration style of gut wrenching delay was much of the same type of frustration, except we had to replace the “weeks” to “years.”

Floyd Mayweather, Jr. is really going to fight Manny Pacquiao and vice versa. No, that wasn’t a misprint and no one is having a bad trip or flashback. There may as well be a countdown and grand arrival show for this bout in line with the Grammys or the Oscars, with a Seven Seas’ worth of celebrities and attention-mongers who care more about being seen than the bout itself. If someone is going to get the ceremonial Las Vegas shaft and pay disgustingly high fees for a ticket, then why not have that sucker be a singer whose bedmate of choice is an autotuner or a washout Hollywood stiff who hasn’t appeared in a movie in years?

Hopefully, those of us who are planning to make the trip to Vegas to either attend the bout in person or just be a part of the fun booked a hotel room sometime before last Friday afternoon. Should one choose to do so now, please assure yourself that you are sitting down when you are presented with the current rates. Comparatively speaking, they are no less obscene than ticket prices. The weekend will no doubt do wonders for the Clark County economy, but where will we be on May 3rd? More specifically, what else will it take to keep the normally uninterested crowd well, interested? Think of it this way. There have been more websites and boxing “insiders” than should be legally permissible for as long as this bout has been on the radar, or at least on the pugilistic sonar. So many of them don’t have a seat available for Mayweather versus Pacquiao, yet for other, lesser known bouts, they don’t care to even give tickets away. The all time pay per view record should undoubtedly be smashed, especially if the telecast costs upward of $100. We know why the bout is being held at the MGM Grand. Money talks, literally and figuratively. However, how truthfully grand matters could have been if whoever would bend would do so enough to hold the bout in a 70,000 seat stadium just about anywhere else. (Or a 100,000 one..or a 150,000 seat one..does that exist? –EDITOR NOTE)

Regardless, the city of Las Vegas is likely to swell with visitors from around the globe to the tune of the pre-fight weigh in being held on a landing strip at the airport just across the street from the MGM. The anticipation has been likened to such classics as Louis/Schmeling II, Ali/Frazier, Hagler/Hearns and/or Leonard, Tyson/Lewis and others, just to name a few. We know how those went down. If one has followed the respective competitors for the May 2 bout, then they should know what to expect. One may push the action, while the other seeks to win by fighting back rather than fighting first. A win’s a win however we care to see it. Will that be enough?

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COMMENTS

-kthespis :

Terrible article with no point of view.


-Radam G :

Pops Joy May is on Fam May's flagship cybermagazine rhyming jive. His son may not even make it to round five. And this why: Money May will not be able to handle the heat. He's going to get badly beat. Shot after shot, da dude who has spoken bullspit about GOAT Ali staying in boxing too long is going to eat. Its ugly arse self, history is about to repeat. For the type of fighter that Money May is, the age of 38 ain't so great. Money May can be as slick, quick and a tiny d**k as he wants to be. But he cannot handle da game at 38, this we will see. At 38 years old, Jack Johnson, Joe Louis, Sugar Ray Robinson, Muhammad Ali, Larry Holmes, Roy Jones Jr and Sugar Shane Mosely, to name a few, all saw this to be true. On how to escape an arse thrashing at Father Time 38 years old, they had absolutely no clue. Money May is at the end of having things go his way. And this NostRADAMus is gettin' on his say. Hehehe! Holla!


-Froggy :

Terrible article with no point of view.
I thought the article was pretty good, my point of view is the guy pushing the action wins the fight ! What's your point of view, kthespis ?


-#1 PacFan :

Manny by MD or 9th round Stoppage.


-razorramon :

This fight is the last PPV event at this kind of magnitude. Greed has over shandow the sport itself. Ticket price, PPV cost are so expensive as majority of the fans cannot afford it yet they buy because they are expecting a great fight. If this fight doesn't come close to the hype and and it is a boring fight which I assume will happen. Nobody is going to buy a PPv for sometime, fans will be turn off. The worst part if the fans are rob off by the judges decision or the referee. It will help the unpopularity of the sport of boxing.


-The Commish :

This fight is the last PPV event at this kind of magnitude. Greed has over shandow the sport itself. Ticket price, PPV cost are so expensive as majority of the fans cannot afford it yet they buy because they are expecting a great fight. If this fight doesn't come close to the hype and and it is a boring fight which I assume will happen. Nobody is going to buy a PPv for sometime, fans will be turn off. The worst part if the fans are rob off by the judges decision or the referee. It will help the unpopularity of the sport of boxing.
The worst thing that can happen to boxing is not if Manny-Money turns into a lackluster fight. The worst thing is if it goes the full 12 with one of them clearly winning, and two of the three judges going the other way (Bradley-Pacquiao I). The lucrative price of the fight will not kill any future PPV events. The decision of the judges will. I pray the three judges, along with the ref, are carefully chosen. The future of PPV's, and possibly the future of boxing, could well rest with this fight. I know that's saying a lot, but this is the fight that could say it all! -Randy G.


-stormcentre :

Terrible article with no point of view.
You know something single hit cowboy? I'm gunna tell ya something. I used to ride my horse into town, long range rifle slung off the side, six shooters in each holster strapped to my hip, and on the nights I'd stay in that town I'd drink till the bar closed and party with any lady I please. I was my own man. I was a bounty hunter in the wild old West. Rarely it would happen, but sometimes it would, sometimes - when I was in town taking me a much deserved break - I'd be forced to take those shooters out of their holsters and let em sing. And when they would sing - I tell ya - people would dance. And I'm not talking bout romance. It wasn't that I liked to do it - more that I knew it was God's will from above that I spread some of that justice around so everyone can get some. Some folks out in the outback aint never been to the big smoke and seen real justice before. So, eyes was basically bringing justice to them; mobile delivery style. Through it all I always knew I was right. Sure I listened to others about it, but even when doing so it seemed to make more sense to skip to the part where I talked; as that always saved time. I'm sure a well travelled cowboy like yourself, Kthespiss, understands? Sometimes I'd come into town and, blow me down, just for fun I'd run the Sheriff out of town. Through it all he knew I was only jiving with him, cause I never shot him in the head; only the feet or hands, and then only if he failed to dance for me when I requested it. Other times I'd arrive at a town and the Sheriff himself would immediately hand me his badge, and with it I'd clean up the town and do what he couldn't. Sure some marriages got broken up and trailed in the wake of things. But, heck, you know what Kthespiss? And you may well - jump down and turn around and pick up one of them old bail of cottons - cowboy style - after you hear this, if ya like. But through either rooting or shooting all these folks, in all these towns, what I learned was to not let me mouth start firing until my mind was fully working; especially if I'd had me a couple of cold ones and/or had me a fair lady smiling my way. These days I don't drink ale, as that stopped when I finally hung the saddle in the barn and never took her down again. Bounty hunting is not for those that want to know where or upon what pillow their head will rest in a week's time. Nowadays I like coffee. Some of my friends - people I may have, in my past life and vocation, actually shot for saying/believing some things they do now - drink tea. I don't drink tea. Hate the stuff. You know what though? Even though I drink coffee and don't like tea - I actually am prepared to listen to those that drink tea. Aint that something? Years ago I would have just shot them because most targets I was bounty hunting seemed to like tea. Take it easy Kthespiss. I remember my first post/drink too. :)


-stormcentre :

Terrible article with no point of view.
You know something single hit cowboy? I'm gunna tell ya something. I used to ride my horse into town, long range rifle slung off the side, six shooters in each holster strapped to my hip, and on the nights I'd stay in that town I'd drink till the bar closed and party with any lady I please. I was my own man. I was a bounty hunter in the wild old West. Rarely it would happen, but sometimes it would, sometimes - when I was in town taking me a much deserved break - I'd be forced to take those shooters out of their holsters and let em sing. And when they would sing - I tell ya - people would dance. And I'm not talking bout romance. It wasn't that I liked to do it - more that I knew it was God's will from above that I spread some of that justice around so everyone can get some. Some folks out in the outback aint never been to the big smoke and seen real justice before. So, eyes was basically bringing justice to them; mobile delivery style. Through it all I always knew I was right. Sure I listened to others about it, but even when doing so it seemed to make more sense to skip to the part where I talked; as that always saved time. I'm sure a well travelled cowboy like yourself, Kthespiss, understands? Sometimes I'd come into town and, blow me down, just for fun I'd run the Sheriff out of town. Through it all he knew I was only jiving with him, cause I never shot him in the head; only the feet or hands, and then only if he failed to dance for me when I requested it. Other times I'd arrive at a town and the Sheriff himself would immediately hand me his badge, and with it I'd clean up the town and do what he couldn't. Sure some marriages got broken up and trailed in the wake of things. But, heck, you know what Kthespiss? And you may well - jump down and turn around and pick up one of them old bail of cottons - cowboy style - after you hear this, if ya like. But through either rooting or shooting all these folks, in all these towns, what I learned was to not let me mouth start firing until my mind was fully working; especially if I'd had me a couple of cold ones and/or had me a fair lady smiling my way. These days I don't drink ale, as that stopped when I finally hung the saddle in the barn and never took her down again. Bounty hunting is not for those that want to know where or upon what pillow their head will rest in a week's time. Nowadays I like coffee. Some of my friends - people I may have, in my past life and vocation, actually shot for saying/believing some things they do now - drink tea. I don't drink tea. Hate the stuff. You know what though? Even though I drink coffee and don't like tea - I actually am prepared to listen to those that drink tea. Aint that something? Years ago I would have just shot them because most targets I was bounty hunting seemed to like tea. Take it easy Kthespiss. I remember my first post/drink too. :)


-The Commish :

What are you putting in that coffee, stormcentre? Lol. I want some. -Randy G.


-stormcentre :

What are you putting in that coffee, stormcentre? Lol. I want some. -Randy G.
I thought you might like my CowBoy story of another (wasted) life. ;)


-The Commish :

I thought you might like my CowBoy story of another (wasted) life. ;)
Loved it. Gonna' head out on vacation now with my wife on one arm and a black iced coffee in the other hand. -Randy G.


-Froggy :

I thought you might like my CowBoy story of another (wasted) life. ;)
It was a good story ! The coffee is straight ?


-Radam G :

The worst thing that can happen to boxing is not if Manny-Money turns into a lackluster fight. The worst thing is if it goes the full 12 with one of them clearly winning, and two of the three judges going the other way (Bradley-Pacquiao I). The lucrative price of the fight will not kill any future PPV events. The decision of the judges will. I pray the three judges, along with the ref, are carefully chosen. The future of PPV's, and possibly the future of boxing, could well rest with this fight. I know that's saying a lot, but this is the fight that could say it all! -Randy G.
C'mon, Commish! That will never happen. Money May's groupies are already saying that he might get "ROBBED' because the white man did it to Larry Holmes when he got close to breaking the late, great Rocky Marciano's record." Money May is going to get KAYOED. And the haters will say that the ref stopped the bout too early. Or they might even say that Big Floyd stopped the fight too quickly because Da Manny is/was "full of Filipino syet" --"A-side meth." Hehehe! We are bringing it all -- "A-side Meth, da watar (sic)["da one I mixed], the sauce, "the one I made" and da salad, "da one I tossed." Hahaha! Yanky May -- I mean Money May -- is in deep kim chee. The P-Islands Pacquiao is going to leave no corner unturned in kicking his arse conclusively. It is going to be a KAYO go go for GI ho -- I mean Lil Floyd. Money May delayed the dance for too long. Now he is quick, slick, tiny di** pug OLD and WASHED UP! He can play more optical illusions on his groupies, flunkies and fanboys, but they don't work on those who know what time it is. Thirty-eight years old is a curse for a pug of Money May's style going back to a 100 years ago to "Unforgivable Blackness" Jack Johnson. As a young "Iron" Mike Tyson said. "Jack Johnson got knocked out and used the excuse that he took a dive because while he was down he covering up his eyes from the hot, shinning sun. I wonder what will be the excuse of Money May? Probably that he was covering up his eyes from the hot lights above da squared jungle. Over a 100 years later, a slick, quick, tiny di** 38-year-old pug has not changed a bit. Da Manny kayos Money May in rounds 6,7 or 8. The curse of 38 years old is gonna be all up in Money May's grill. Da muthasucka oughta chill! Holla!


-stormcentre :

Pops Joy May is on Fam May's flagship cybermagazine rhyming jive. His son may not even make it to round five. And this why: Money May will not be able to handle the heat. He's going to get badly beat. Shot after shot, da dude who has spoken bullspit about GOAT Ali staying in boxing too long is going to eat. Its ugly arse self, history is about to repeat. For the type of fighter that Money May is, the age of 38 ain't so great. Money May can be as slick, quick and a tiny d**k as he wants to be. But he cannot handle da game at 38, this we will see. At 38 years old, Jack Johnson, Joe Louis, Sugar Ray Robinson, Muhammad Ali, Larry Holmes, Roy Jones Jr and Sugar Shane Mosely, to name a few, all saw this to be true. On how to escape an arse thrashing at Father Time 38 years old, they had absolutely no clue. Money May is at the end of having things go his way. And this NostRADAMus is gettin' on his say. Hehehe! Holla!
Love it . . . "NostRADAMus" I have to change what I call you now. MMMNostRADAMus Or . . . MMMNRG. I see you're pretty high on Pac knocking Floyd out. Nothing wrong with that, even though most that are backing Pacquaio are calling a decision win - not a win by stoppage - for Pacquaio. How ya think Pac will handle the counters Floyd will throw his way? Or do you just think Pac will go right through him and Mayweather will crumble under pressure?


-brownsugar :

Thanks Storm, I've always liked westerns, they always include the down and dirty gritty stuff of life...raw and accessible as a WWE wrestling match. They always have a beautiful woman, usually being pursued by one admirer too many, Back stabbin',.... greed, ...shady dealings, involving low down varmits, and greenhorns filled with high falootin pride, not to mention the Sherriff with a tin badge feeding slop to the rowdy prisoners and black coffee to the drunks. gotta love it.


-brownsugar :

Floyd is meticulous as they come. I've read countless stories of how he washes his hands multiple times a day, takes shower too many showers and only wears underwear one time. And that's just the tip of the Iceberg. Floyd has an unusual way of getting into his fights. it's like he turns something on, and "that thing" is turned on from the time the fight fight is proposed, and lasts until the final bell rings. The whole process of negotiating, promoting, and fighting are all connected and by the time Floyd enters the ring, he's convinced he will leave the winner, He claims he doesn't watch his opponents, that may be true, but he seems to get more intel on his opponents than his their own families have. By the time the fight gets close he's turning things ugly by gauging at their deepest inadequacies and taunting them with their most embarrassing moments. with Ortiz it was the revelation that his backstory was fabricated, with Mosely it was about his divorce, with Canelo, he treated the kid like a prince, to build up the viewership and hashed it out with Trainer Garcia instead. Although they did tease him about the catchweight, a wonderful way to spin a spin. with Maidana there wasn't much to say because of the language barrier was too much of a hurdle to get across the fine nuances of what Floyd wanted to say. Each attack is taylor made to his opponent. although lately he's mellowed out some, Floyd will undoubtedly have a few barbs for Manny too. The only opponent Floyd has respected before a fight was Miguel Cotto, Each attack is taylor made to his opponent. although lately he's mellowed some, I think Floyd will show Manny a measure of respect too,.... to a point, but eventually Floyd will undoubtedly have a few barbs for Manny as well. But similar to Cotto, this is because he's smart enough not to alienate a man who has the clout, stature, and audience to make him a ton of money.... again.


-Radam G :

Love it . . . "NostRADAMus" I have to change what I call you now. MMMNostRADAMus Or . . . MMMNRG. I see you're pretty high on Pac knocking Floyd out. Nothing wrong with that, even though most that are backing Pacquaio are calling a decision win - not a win by stoppage - for Pacquaio. How ya think Pac will handle the counters Floyd will throw his way? Or do you just think Pac will go right through him and Mayweather will crumble under pressure?
Every Mayweather and Sinclair who has boxed into his 30s were KTFO. It is Money May's destiny to get KTFO. He feels it, and knows it. And now he is walking into it. Nobody can avoid his/her destiny. Money May has continously mocked Da Manny on social media for getting KTFO by thrice, including by Hulkquez. There is an Asian saying: "Watch who you mock. You too may be destined to go where they have been. Holla!