Mayweather Calls Pacquiao Out For May 5...WOODS

BY Michael Woods ON January 10, 2012
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Floyd Mayweather took to Twitter today to challenge Manny Pacquiao to a tussle on May 5. "Manny Pacquiao I'm calling you out let's fight May 5th and give the world what they want to see," the reigning pound for pound ace said Tuesday afternoon on Twitter. "My Jail Sentence was pushed back because the date was locked in. Step up Punk."

As of now, it isn't looking like the Congressman is in the mood to step up, not on May 5, anyway. He last gloved in November, against Juan Manuel Marquez, and while he took a controversial decision, he also took some punishment. Pacquiao suffered a cut over his right eye in the Marquez bout, a slice which needed 28 stitches to close. Promoter Bob Arum has said that Pacquiao on doctor's orders would not be able to spar until April, which would nix a May 5 fight for him. Unless something changes, and that eye is no longer being presented as a too-high hurdle, it would seem Mayweather's challenge will not be accepted.

But I wouldn't write off the May 5 date just yet. Pacquiao has been hearing that the public, aside from his diehard fans for whom the fighter is a godlike figure, are placing the blame for not making the fight on Arum and by extension, him. Arum is now in the Philippines, about to present options to the Congressman for his next fight. Juan Manuel Marquez, Miguel Cotto, Lamont Peterson and Tim Bradley, Arum has said, are on the list. He told Dan Rafael last week that Manny would fight "one of the four guys" but left the door open a bit. He said that if "Manny feels he wants to go in May, he will tell me."

Who here thinks Manny will tell Arum eff the cut, eff the stitches, let's give Mayweather what he's asking for, and the people what they've been asking for, some of them, since 2007? I've tended to think that as long as the defamation case is still in play, as long as Pacquiao is still battling Mayweather for his public statements alluding to Pacquiao using PEDs, that we are unlikely to see Mayeather-Pacquiao, but I am hoping I am wrong. Lord knows this silliness has taken much longer than it should have and has wasted the time, energy and effort of the principals and fights fans alike.

Manny, you are no punk. Be your own man, and tell Bob, who is a businessman through and through and is a complete sage when it comes to protecting his assets (ie in this case, you), that the time is now. The time for protecting is over. The time for dithering is over. The time for one upsmanship is over. The time for battles of ego is over. The time for this silly saga, which has played out like a divorce squabble pitting Raoul Felder against Dominic Barbara more than a fight promotion negotiation, to come to a conclusion is now. May 5 is the date. Let's get it done.

Comment on this article

Money Jay says:

Manny don't want it with Floyd. There's no reason why he can't take this fight on May 5th. Just the other day Arum said he could fight in May, when he thought Floyd was going to jail. The minute he found out that his jail sentence was pushed back, he started making excuses. Arum knows boxing, he's not stupid. He knows Manny can't handle counter punchers that good. He knows Floyd will out class, and out skill Manny. He also knows JMM really won that last fight against Manny too. However, it's too much money on the table, and too much public pressure. I've been waiting for this fight for almost 5yrs, but this time, I think it's closer than ever. Manny needs to man up, tell Arum it's going down, and take the test. I'm predicting the fight will happen, and the announcement will be made in the next week or two...#fingerscrossed

dino da vinci says:

It bothers me that he called him "punk". I'm bothered because I thought the people surrounding him were doing a little better job on his image. Evidently not.

Now about that Olympic-style drug testing?

ali says:

Manny don't want it with Floyd. There's no reason why he can't take this fight on May 5th. Just the other day Arum said he could fight in May, when he thought Floyd was going to jail. The minute he found out that his jail sentence was pushed back, he started making excuses. Arum knows boxing, he's not stupid. He knows Manny can't handle counter punchers that good. He knows Floyd will out class, and out skill Manny. He also knows JMM really won that last fight against Manny too. However, it's too much money on the table, and too much public pressure. I've been waiting for this fight for almost 5yrs, but this time, I think it's closer than ever. Manny needs to man up, tell Arum it's going down, and take the test. I'm predicting the fight will happen, and the announcement will be made in the next week or two...#fingerscrossed

Right on point money jay.

ali says:

It bothers me that he called him "punk". I'm bothered because I thought the people surrounding him were doing a little better job on his image. Evidently not.

Now about that Olympic-style drug testing?

Damn dino he just called him punk in the hood that just means your scary...fighters say that about other fighters everyday....why r so butt hurt over something that's not that serious.

the Roast says:

Plenty of time to train for May 5. No other fight matters. Lets see these two get it on already, I'm not getting any younger!!!

maromero says:

Manny better start jogging soon if he wants to fight Floyd, cause he will definently suffer from leg cramps again if he doesnt get out of his office. I hope Bob Arum takes him some muscle recovery vitamins and a band-aid... those fellas know they better take this fight!!!

ultimoshogun says:

I think Money Jay is spot on. Like Roast says, no other fight matters for these two. If Floyd has to resort to Apollo Creed humiliation tactics to get Pacquiao in the ring then so be it, he's already been cast as the villain anyway.

amayseng says:

after this weeks events if either one of these guys take other fights beside fighting each other i can see their ppv's bombing with horrible results and buys..
like dude said at this point no other fight matters...

if may 5 is too early due to mannys eye with 28 stitches then i dont see a problem with may 19, if that date cant be agreed on then these two are hopeless

i still remain with my opinion over the last two years this fight will never happen.

dino da vinci says:

I think Money Jay is spot on. Like Roast says, no other fight matters for these two. If Floyd has to resort to Apollo Creed humiliation tactics to get Pacquiao in the ring then so be it, he's already been cast as the villain anyway.


Put that second glass of Kool-Aid down. Manny fears no one. To believe he has to be shamed into taking this fight is delusional.

@Ali. For the sake of discussion, what did the "punk" add or achieve? First off, the term punk is derogatory. I'll provide you an example. Which sentence doesn't work:

(a) An infestation of punks.
(b) An infestation of lice.
(c) An infestation of Rhodes Scholars.

It starts to border on Mike Tyson eating nonexistent children. It's more like "where did that come from"? If you asked of the two, which one conducts themselves with more dignity, it would be a shutout. I suggest you take your own poll, and stop after the first five or six because it won't get any better for the second place finisher. Floyd's people had been making progress on his image. He's in regression in that department. Manny wanted this fight over two years ago. He wanted it two years ago. A year ago. Eleven months ago, ten months ago...etc. Just because one fighter finally decides to circle a date on the calender, doesn't mean the other camp doesn't get to read the fine print.

Lastly, if I know nothing else in the world, I know how to size-up two prospective combatants and tell you who is favored and by how much. Floyd Mayweather is favored to beat Manny Pacquiao. ALWAYS has been. Maybe not in the Las Vegas sportsbooks, but that may be because they are hoping to generate equal wagering on both fighters. But again, doesn't mean the odds they post are correct. The boxing world has been denied this fight for too long, and not because of the Filipino fist-thrower. It's Floyd who not only dances to his own drummer, but has everyone else dancing as well.

Radam G says:

@Dino da vinci, I'm not a hoodologist [sic] or anytime like that. But according to what boxing great crook -- I mean promoter -- Don King entitles "Ghetto-ese," punk simply means scare, scary or frighten. So Ali is spot on with that one. Da hood, ghetto, block, Ebonican death town -- whichever one is your poison -- has its own set of rules for language and slanguage meanings and smack spittin' and bullsh*ttin.' Holla!

teaser says:

hey money jay ...pac didn't fight at welter until december 2008 agaist de la hoya....3yrs ago...not five....only FEELS like 5 yrs ...like watching a kettle boil...Arum is a business man and a good one ....and so is money may...they both see a chance to make a good profit on an easier fight this spring and then cash in that lottery ticket this fall....no cowards or punks here on either side...and manny is a politician now ...but his pride may get the best of him ....he even says he will take the short money for the fight ....poor Arum must be having palpitations !! hahahah....just hope that kettle boils soon !!...oh and Ali...money may thanks you for all the PR work you have been doing pro bono ...next time he is burning those Benjamin Franklin's he says he will dedicate one to you...

Radam G says:

Now to my P-Islands smack talk, Big Homie Ali, da bluecoat Buffalo soldier big mouth ain't gonna do JACK! He doesn't want any part of Da Filipino Army LTCol. and Datu Manny P.

Yo' boy Money May is just bullspittin' and the other B word that rhymes with bullspittin.' You KNOWWWWW! Money May is in so much fright of Da Manny, that he cannot keep the PacFAME -- I mean PacNAME -- off da Money May's fibbing tongue. Dude's tongue is like a snake. It is bittin' da _____ outta da Pied Piper and all his metaphobic hood-rats, which dude keep leaving off dat cliff of bullsh*tology and victory through just talkin' smack about it, but being 'BOUT IT, 'BOUT IT!

I'm reminded of the lyrics -- "What have you done for me lately?" -- from one of Janet Jackson's song. Holla!

Robert Curtis says:

I didn't see close-up pictures of Manny's cut, nor did I see what the surgeon saw when attending to it. What I've read was that it took 27 or 28 stitches, some of them internal and underneath the skin just so they could close the gash. This was before they could start stitching up the surface. That's pretty dramatic. If the doctor prescribed a certain amount of healing time, Manny should listen. Floyd won't be in jail long. But if Manny does want to step up and give his fans a treat before June 1st, why not have the fight on May 26th?

ali says:

hey money jay ...pac didn't fight at welter until december 2008 agaist de la hoya....3yrs ago...not five....only FEELS like 5 yrs ...like watching a kettle boil...Arum is a business man and a good one ....and so is money may...they both see a chance to make a good profit on an easier fight this spring and then cash in that lottery ticket this fall....no cowards or punks here on either side...and manny is a politician now ...but his pride may get the best of him ....he even says he will take the short money for the fight ....poor Arum must be having palpitations !! hahahah....just hope that kettle boils soon !!...oh and Ali...money may thanks you for all the PR work you have been doing pro bono ...next time he is burning those Benjamin Franklin's he says he will dedicate one to you...

Lol!!! Cut the check

chickenmayweather says:

his going to jail this nov. 2012. haha

ultimoshogun says:

@Dino da vinci, there be no kool-aid drinking here, I'm not one of Floyd's fanboys...just been calling it like I see it since day one. No, maybe Pacman isn't scared to fight Floyd, but I'm sure his confidence took a big hit after the Marquez fight. And Pacquiao isn't as willing to fight Floyd as you say for the last two years. During the post fight interview after the Sugar Shane fight when asked about Floyd he replied something like "I don't really care for the fight, but I'll fight for the fans." All he had to do was take a simple blood test the whole time.

Radam G says:

I just hope Money May quit punking his groupies, fanfaronades and nuthuggers. Because if the muthasucka ever come real with it, Da Manny is going to KAYO his faking and shaking arse EARLY!

To the Pied Piper's rats listening to his flute and falling off that cliff, this bout -- if it happens -- will be called one of the greatest fudge ups -- I mean upsets -- in the history of sports by their inattention-to-reality blind arses.

Floyd Mayweather is no longer "a fine piece of leather well put together." He is going to be exposed like a naked-arse emperor with his arse out. Holla!

dino da vinci says:

[QUOTE=ultimoshogun;12532]@Dino da vinci, there be no kool-aid drinking here, I'm not one of Floyd's fanboys...just been calling it like I see it since day one. No, maybe Pacman isn't scared to fight Floyd, but I'm sure his confidence took a big hit after the Marquez fight. And Pacquiao isn't as willing to fight Floyd as you say for the last two years. During the post fight interview after the Sugar Shane fight when asked about Floyd he replied something like "I don't really care for the fight, but I'll fight for the fans." All he had to do was take a simple blood test the whole time.[/QUOTE]

No, not really. That just happened to be the first deal breaker that Camp Pacman encountered during that particular round of negotiations. Evidently you don't recall Floyd remarking how Manny merely needs to ask for the fight himself, instead of having other people doing the talking for him. SO MANNY ASKED FOR THE FIGHT. Then Floyd said, "You didn't say 'may I'". Drug test. If Manny said o.k., maybe the next request would have been: And with Roger, Jeff and Floyd Sr. as the judges.

chickenmayweather says:

manny wants 50-50 (statement earlier @abs-cbn channel 2), answer that MONEY? hihi! if floyd say yes, maybe he needs help with his father to take him off in the canvass. and "if manny" decides to go (hopefully this month) i think floyd will be excuse for some sort of reasons. hihi am i right boss? its not about of K.O., wins, PPV, ticket sales and etc. but its all about big bag 0f money.

Money Jay says:

Lmao, it does feel like forever! 3,4,5yrs, whatever. This **** just needs to happen. Boxing is on life support. MMA got free fights on Fox now, lol. Boxing is over priced, and it's getting over looked. This is the last big fight left, and it will put life back in the game. This will be our generations version of Ali v Frazier. If it don't happen, and happen soon.............man, who am I kidding, I don't give a f**K when it happens, Ima buy that ****, lmao!

dino da vinci says:

[QUOTE=dino da vinci;12558]No, not really. That just happened to be the first deal breaker that Camp Pacman encountered during that particular round of negotiations. Evidently you don't recall Floyd remarking how Manny merely needs to ask for the fight himself, instead of having other people doing the talking for him. SO MANNY ASKED FOR THE FIGHT. Then Floyd said, "You didn't say 'may I'". Drug test. If Manny said o.k., maybe the next request would have been: And with Roger, Jeff and Floyd Sr. as the judges.[/QUOTE]

Clever comment there at the end. Oh wait, I wrote this!

Hey, it's applicable to now, it received no views, and I take forever to type. So, I'm a runnin' er again...

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