Floyd's Free Network Fight Is A Setup for #50

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Muhammad Ali did it as undisputed heavyweight champion, so did Roberto Duran and Sugar Ray Leonard – and most of the title defenses of former WBC and IBF heavyweight title holder Larry Holmes were made in front of the public on free television via CBS/ABC/NBC. And now there's talk of the biggest diva in professional boxing, Floyd Mayweather 48-0 (26), perhaps fighting his 49th bout on network television.

This is quite a leap considering Mayweather a little over two months ago earned more money (reportedly $220 million dollars) than any other fighter in history for winning a 12-round unanimous decision over Manny Pacquiao 57-6-2 (38).

Actually, it's because of how much money Mayweather made for fighting Pacquiao in what turned out to be one of the most disappointingly over hyped fights in boxing history that has him thinking about giving the fans a freebie. The fact that Floyd made $220 million and Pacquiao grossed $150 million for a fight in which one of them was injured and the other wasn't the least bit spectacular, has soured fans who have no one to blame but themselves for buying into the entire WWE hype and promotion. The aftermath of Mayweather-Pacquiao has an overwhelming majority of fans thinking hard and long in regards to what fight they'll next shell out big money for.

In the last week or so the prospect of Mayweather's next fight being on network television has escalated. Many are skeptical about the prospect of the highest paid athlete in the world performing on free TV. However, I think it's very plausible and won't be the least bit taken back if in fact Mayweather's next bout airs live on CBS and won't cost boxing/sports fans a single dollar.

Think about it…..Mayweather doesn't want to exit boxing with so many fans seeing him in a bad light, with them viewing him as a guy who really only fought for the money and never gave them anything back in return. Team Mayweather is very cognizant that many boxing fans along with fans of Floyd feel ripped off due to the amount of money they paid to finally see him fight Manny Pacquiao, and when all was said and done the fight was a complete dud for a multitude of reasons. Keeping that in mind, is there a better way for Mayweather to thank boxing fans for their emotional and financial support over the years than giving them a fight for free? If there is, it's beyond me.

I can't answer for anyone else, but I've followed Mayweather's brilliant career since he was an amateur. I said for six straight years that Mayweather would fight Pacquiao before he retired, and he did. In an addendum to that, I said it would only happen when Floyd felt it was the right time and best suited him, and that's exactly how it came to fruition and unfolded. Today, most believe Mayweather will fight just once more – tie Rocky Marciano's record of 49-0 and then retire. To that I say you are out of your mind if you really believe Floyd retires after bout #49. No way!

How can you not realize that 50-0 is the last fight. Not only does he surpass Marciano, he leaves boxing with a pristine and clean record of 50-0, or at least that's the intent. And if that is how it unfolds, nobody for generations to come will ever forget his perfect record, and that will help his legacy endure. At the end of the day, without many memorable fights to recall from his career, it'll be the clean half century mark record Mayweather will have compiled that will resonate with everybody.

Everyone knows Mayweather is about money above all else. We also know he looks at the bigger picture down the road. What a great way to set up the record breaking 50th fight. Give the fans #49 for free and then clobber them at the gate to watch #50. So Mayweather agrees to fight an opponent who has no shot to beat him on free TV for his tying 49th win. He'll allow all type of access to him and make sure the fans feel as if it's a gift for them. After the fight he'll boast and say no other great fighter/boxer ever fought for basically no purse as an appreciation thanking his fans.

A few months later he'll say that the competitor in him needs to break Marciano’s record and fight once more. And since he will have given away the last fight to the public for free, he'll most likely fight the Alvarez-Cotto winner for another astronomical purse in bout 50, and no one will complain about it since he gave them his last fight free of charge.

I say don't be surprised if Floyd Mayweather basically fights his 49th bout for nothing – and the good cachet he will have built up with the public will pave the way for him to gouge them for his record breaking 50th bout. And that doesn't make him a bad guy, no, not at all. It just reconfirms what we already knew, and that is, he's both great and smart!

Frank Lotierzo can be contacted at GlovedFist@Gmail.com

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-deepwater2 :

I agree. With all that money , Floyd still doesn't wear a tie. Hey Lil Floyd, if your gonna button that top button ,put on a tie.


-Kid Blast :

Bingo Frank. I never believed the 49-0 thing-not for one second. 50-0 and out!


-Kid Blast :

How about Berto for free and then Thurman for 50? Stay away from Bradley.


-Domenic :

[br] title="Floyd's Free Network Fight Is A Setup for #50"[/br] Think about it.....Mayweather doesn't want to exit boxing with so many fans seeing him in a bad light, with them viewing him as a guy who really only fought for the money and never gave them anything back in return. Team Mayweather is very cognizant that many boxing fans along with fans of Floyd feel ripped off due to the amount of money they paid to finally see him fight Manny Pacquiao, and when all was said and done the fight was a complete dud for a multitude of reasons. Keeping that in mind, is there a better way for Mayweather to thank boxing fans for their emotional and financial support over the years than giving them a fight for free? If there is, it's beyond me. [url=http://www.thesweetscience.com/mailto:GlovedFist@Gmail.com]GlovedFist@Gmail.com
I agree with everything but the above. Honestly, Floyd couldn't care less about the fans seeing him in a so-called bad light. I think on the rung of importance in his life, this is at the very bottom (and that's no knock on him; he's as self-employed as it gets, and he truly owes people nothing). He could've amassed a separate fortune had he done endorsements, ala Kobe Bryant, Tiger Woods, Derek Jeter, and LeBron James, but he never pursued that route (yes, he's had issues, and obviously isn't squeaky clean, but some companies would've signed him up regardless, and rehabilitated his brand). He chose not to, and thus avoided being beholden to others with corporate responsibilities, morals clauses, etc. It's the same way with the fans. He's not beholden to them at all. More power to him. The rationale of the freebie is it gives him a chance to fight a no-hoper like Berto (think Holyfield - Vaughn Bean years ago). If the opponent was a dangerous guy, trust me, it'd be on PPV. Remember, the public's memory is very short. They've already forgotten about May 2nd (who really went into that fight thinking it was going to be a barnburner anyway??). Hell, even I predicted a dud on these pages, and my predictions aren't the best (understatement). As for win #50, I agree 100%. He'll be done with the Showtime deal, and can go one at a time. But I don't think he'll retire at 50 either. I think he could possibly lose, as everyone does, then he'll go on as most guys do. But I highly doubt he follows Hagler, Calzaghe, etc, and goes out just because he's talking about it at every turn. He 'retired' in 2007 once already. I'm very skeptical.


-Art :

Hey little floyd, why don't you dance with the stars and leave boxing the hell alone!! you're not a fighter, so please do the world a favor and retire your *** to a Vegas penthouse and gamble for the rest of your life!! Just enjoy life and gamble, buy cars, houses, planes, helicopters, women, bodyguards for the rest of your life, take vacations and gamble some more...where they accept your criminal past! Enjoy life little man!!


-Radam G :

Hey little floyd, why don't you dance with the stars and leave boxing the hell alone!! you're not a fighter, so please do the world a favor and retire your *** to a Vegas penthouse and gamble for the rest of your life!! Just enjoy life and gamble, buy cars, houses, planes, helicopters, women, bodyguards for the rest of your life, take vacations and gamble some more...where they accept your criminal past! Enjoy life little man!!
Poor Lil Floyd. Even his pops is telling him to just go ahead and retire. He is even saying that the media and fans are tired of Lil Floyd and want him gone or to get beat. Holla!


-brownsugar :

Floyd is already in training camp as of today, if he's in camp then his opponent is in camp or probably has already started a week ago. Floyd's opponent has already been picked, and we are just awaiting the formality of the announcement. Since it already been determined the fight is going to be a non PPV, expect a "budget" economical opponent.


-Radam G :

Floyd is already in training camp as of today, if he's in camp then his opponent is in camp or probably has already started a week ago. Floyd's opponent has already been picked, and we are just awaiting the formality of the announcement. Since it already been determined the fight is going to be a non PPV, expect a "budget" economical opponent.
Do you have proof of this? Hehehe! Can You substantiate it? No poppycock, please! Are you just guessing and making up syet again? Hehehe! Holla!


-oubobcat :

This makes all the sense in the world. Floyd knows that after so many bought the PPV for the Pac fight and felt they didn't get their money's worth that its going to be a tough sell to the public to get them to pay for him again in September. If he fights Khan, he may draw 800,000 on the best day. Anyone else (the realistic names available) will be much less. He knows this and so does Showtime/CBS. This is not unprecedented either. Remember the flack after Tyson-McNeeley. That was another fight he general public bought and felt they got hosed. There was a ton of backlash. And Don King found a way to cut a deal with Fox to have Tyson's next fight on free tv. Of course, King also got Fox to contractually commit to put on fight cards for another year on Saturday night's (and there were some bad ones put together). More on this later... So Mayweather going to free tv and saying "I am giving back to the fans" makes all the sense in the world. To add to this, he seems to not like Amir Khan at all who is the one name that could potentially draw on PPV. So going free tv would also once again spite Khan which is just the cherry on top for Mayweather. If the fight goes CBS, my guess is Floyd has to make cut backs. And this means probably taking less than the contracted price. However, Floyd will turn the tables by negotiating certain items which I am guessing is in the final stages as I write this. He (and Haymon) will want CBS dates and not buy time dates. CBS will be paying for these fight cards which will probably feature mostly TMT fighters along with other Haymon fighters. In addition, Floyd will probably ask for some sort of television show about his career (and future) to air on CBS during a good air time. Of course too, this means Floyd also picks the opponent for this fight. A lot of people are talking Berto. Okay possible. But don't discount others. One name I will throw out there to keep an eye on is Sammy Vazquez. He is inked with Haymon, has an undefeated record, great back story (that can be sold to the general public and garner good guy-bad guy ratings potential) and enough flaws for Floyd to see him as easy pickings. Also, he just fought on CBS a few weeks ago and not coincidentally I feel. Think about it...undefeated blue collar war veteran takes on pound for pound king and bad boy Floyd Mayweather. It'd be played up as the Rocky story (just before another Rocky movie is coming out which could be garner top advertising dollar). It sells and people will watch. And on CBS.


-deepwater2 :

Sounds good OU. I can see Floyd behind his desk just like Apollo, trying to pick a journeyman with a good story. Only In America!