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Will Pacquiao Be Eating HUGE Slice of Blame Pie?..BORGES

BY Ron Borges ON January 11, 2012
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Arum has been getting heat for doing what businessmen do, maximizing profits. But Borges says the onus of culpability is on Pacquiao, who should remember that Arum works for Pacquiao, not the other way around. (Hogan)

The long running soap opera “The Unmaking of Floyd Mayweather, Jr. vs. Manny Pacquiao’’ continued this week after Mayweather called out Pacquiao and Pacquiao’s promoter responded by saying his fighter needed longer to recover from a cut eye than most people do from triple bypass surgery.

Once Mayweather had his already scheduled 87-day sojourn at the county jail in Las Vegas delayed for a reason that would work only in Vegas, he immediately launched a Twitter assault on Pacquiao, challenging him to a May 5 showdown at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, winner take half.

Arum’s response was to say the 29-stitch cut Pacquiao sustained on Nov. 12 in his questionable majority decision victory over Juan Manuel Marquez would take six months to heal, meaning he couldn’t begin sparring until April 1 and that would be a disadvantage he could not in good conscience (good what?) allow his fighter to suffer.

The fact that you could recover from a gunshot wound in less than six months and fight again didn’t seem to enter Arum’s timetable. When he told the Los Angeles Times that June 9 would be “perfect’’ for such a match he revealed his true agenda – which is avoiding Mayweather at all cost because of the cost…to him.

How do we know this? Because Justice of the Peace Saragosa had changed Mayweather’s Jan. 6 surrender date to June 1 and the likelihood that either fighter would agree to hold the match in the local clink was nil…unless the county put up a sizeable site fee, of course.

So where once it was Mayweather’s fault for insisting on Olympic style blood testing (which seems reasonable to me, by the way) and then it was Pacquiao’s for refusing to do so because Nevada regulations don’t require it (and thus he wouldn’t be dictated to by Mayweather) and then Arum and Golden Boy Promotions’ tandem of Oscar De La Hoya and Richard Schaefer for doing more to stir up problems than solve them in the 2 ½ years or so that have dragged on since the fight was first proposed, now the blame belongs to Pacquiao alone.

It is true that Justice of the Peace Melissa Saragosa agreeing to delay his serving a sentence on misdemeanor domestic assault charges until after he fulfilled his previously signed contract to fight anyone he feels like on Cinco de Mayo weekend was a decision not based on any known legal argument. It was based on the argument that works best in Vegas and boxing – M-O-N-E-Y – but so what?

         The legal conversation on the subject went something like this:

         Mayweather’s attorney: “Hey, Judge, the dude has a multi-million dollar contract to fight at the MGM May 5 that could bring $100 million into town.’’

Justice Saragosa: “Yo, really? What was I THIIIIIINKING! Casino business is casino business. Even somebody who went to law school knows that.’’

Mayweather’s attorney: “So?’’

Justice Saragosa: “So who said Jan. 6? How silly? I meant June 6…if that’s convenient for Mr. Mayweather and any casino in town. If not, you just let us know when he’s got some free time and we’ll squeeze it in between fights, trips to the sports book and appearances on HBO’s 24/7.’’

Mayweather’s attorney: “Right on, Dawg. I mean, your Honor.’’

Almost immediately thereafter, Mayweather Tweeted out the following challenge to Pacquiao: "Manny Pacquiao I'm calling you out let's fight May 5th and give the world what they want to see."

Barely a minute later, he added: "My Jail Sentence was pushed back because the date was locked in. Step up Punk."

As negotiating strategy goes “Punk’’ was probably not the best way to convince Pacquiao to fight him but what would you expect from Mayweather? A reasonable discourse?

It would have been far better had Mayweather privately reached Pacquiao and said, “Let’s skip all this promotional b.s. and you and I make the deal. What do we need these guys to do beyond hang up a banner and count the money?’’

The fact is, they could put up a sign on the outskirts of Vegas saying “Mayweather-Pacquiao Fight tonight’’ and the town would be packed, both HBO and SHOWTIME would be falling over themselves to get a pay-per-view deal with them and sponsors would be banging on their Twitter accounts trying to throw money at them.

That’s not to say Arum and Golden Boy don’t have roles in this. It’s just to point out that the fight will be made ANY TIME THE TWO FIGHTERS ORDER THEM TO MAKE IT.

That being the case – which it is now, was always and will be forever more – it is up to Pacquiao to simply say that to Arum. Reportedly he told a Filipino journalist this week he doesn’t want to be blamed for the fight not happening and will tell his promoter to forget that list of four other opponents and hammer out a deal with Mayweather.

If true, that should end the issue because while Arum may try to bend Pacquiao’s mind into a pretzel to get him to face Miguel Cotto, Timothy Bradley or Juan Manuel Marquez (forget Lamont Peterson) because, as Mayweather’s friend and advisor Leonard Ellerbe correctly but unwisely pointed out, “Arum has both sides in those fights.“

That was often one of the criticisms Arum and many in boxing used to level quite rightly at Don King, even though the promoter hasn’t been born who doesn’t try to control both sides of any big fight they’re involved in. If Arum can convince Pacquiao to accept one of those fighters, all of whom are under contract to Arum, he indeed makes money on both sides and, more importantly, doesn’t have Mayweather’s bean counters peering over his shoulder counting every penny and insisting that large parts of the ancillary revenue go into his pocket and not Arum’s or Pacquiao’s. You really think Pac-Man is splitting foreign TV rights, sponsorships or popcorn sales with Tim Bradley?

So if the fight doesn’t happen May 5 who’s to blame? On some level everyone still would apply but if you were slicing up the blame pie this time the largest slice would have to go to Manny Pacquiao.

Bob Arum works for him, not the other way around. All Pacquiao has to do is what Evander Holyfield did when he agreed to take $4 million less than his representatives kept saying he deserved to fight Mike Tyson the first time, then flew to Toronto without them and made the deal. He then knocked Tyson out and made $25 million in the rematch.

That’s called betting on yourself. It’s also called being your own man. If Manny Pacquiao really wants this fight, that’s all he has to be.

If he says yes and Mayweather comes up with some other excuse then the world will know why it never happened. Conversely, if Pacquiao says he can’t make it because he’s got a June date with Marquez or Bradley or he needs six months to heal from a cut, the world will know it wasn’t Mayweather this time.

Comment on this article

amayseng says:

although it would be more legit for floyd to have an interview nationally on espn or such to call out pac or to send a contract already signed to pac and arum, i guess the twiitter shiiiit talking is better than nothing. i mean what do u expect from a guy who makes bad decisions like beating women numerous times in his life.

however, at least he is attempting to get the fight made.

and i hope pac just jumps on it and the whole thing can just get done.

pac should have seen his surgeon today to get the go ahead, either way it should be healed in time, i mean didnt ward postpone his fight two months to heal his cut before the froch fight?

no more excuses from either camp,

get the thing done because if it doesnt then i can easily see both their other ppv sales bombing...

i personally will never buy a fight from either fighter unless it is against one another..

Robert Curtis says:

I kind of agree with some of this article. This is a chance to give the fans and the whole sport a burst of energy and new life. However, there'll be nothing HUGE about Pacman's blame if the fight doesn't happen. Pacman fought the whole division that Floyd avoided while he was too busy fighting wrestlers and slapping girlfriends around. Also, I'm no doctor, but six months doesn't sound like too long for an exploded eyebrow to heal. I first read it was a total of 27 stitches, internal and external. Woods says 28. Borges says 29. Do I hear 30? I wouldn't want 27-29 stitches anywhere on my face, nor would I let anyone rush my healing time. If Pacman says yes, it will be a blessing for the sport. But I won't blame him much if he doesn't.

delmont says:

Ron's points are valid, assuming Mayweather is acting in reasonably good faith--and it is naive to assume he is. The idea that it's on Pacquiao if he doesn't agree to the alleged offer to fight is ludicrous.

What are Floyd's terms? Are they reasonable in terms of the revenue, weight, glove weight, ring size?

Mayweather could make his case by posting his terms somewhere.

All this to be resolved later under the assumption that Mayweather will be reasonable?

As the old saying goes, Pacquiao may have been born at night, but he wasn't born last night.

Someone could offer Ron a full-time writing job... for minimum wage. Sure, he'd turn it down and the person who made the offer could say Ron turned down an offer for full-time work, ya know?

ali says:

I feel u Amayseng everything u said was right on point....I would still buy either one of there fights...If Mayweather vs Martinez Cotto or Alvarez...or Pac was to fight one of them guys I would buy it....maybe that's the problem though ppl r still supporting there fights against other guys.

Robert Curtis says:

Has anyone ever noticed that Manny looks like a happy cartoon catfish?

ali says:

I kind of agree with some of this article. This is a chance to give the fans and the whole sport a burst of energy and new life. However, there'll be nothing HUGE about Pacman's blame if the fight doesn't happen. Pacman fought the whole division that Floyd avoided while he was too busy fighting wrestlers and slapping girlfriends around. Also, I'm no doctor, but six months doesn't sound like too long for an exploded eyebrow to heal. I first read it was a total of 27 stitches, internal and external. Woods says 28. Borges says 29. Do I hear 30? I wouldn't want 27-29 stitches anywhere on my face, nor would I let anyone rush my healing time. If Pacman says yes, it will be a blessing for the sport. But I won't blame him much if he doesn't.

Your right Pac shouldn't rush it cause if the fight is stopped due to a cut on that eye all the Pac fans will use that as a excuse...what they would do is come to an agreement before there next fight that way the fans will support it in anticipation of there super fight.

Money Jay says:

Im not mad at the Floyd called the "lil fella" out. Twitter is the new CNN!! You see how fast the world jumped on it! This all I been wanting Money May to do, call him out, show the world you ain't scared to fight nobody. Manny is congressman, who helps run a country, but he can't tell Arum he wants to make the fight? Manny just need to come on and catch this fade, and quit hiding behind his pimp, I mean his promoter, lmao #moneyteamallday

amayseng says:

good point Ali, if either one faced cotto or martinez i would buy those.

why cant the fight be made for the end of may?

wouldnt that give pac another 2-3 weeks to heal and get proper sparring in?

floyd can head to jail a few days after the fight barring no serious injuries.

this is just a ridiculous scenario.

the Roast says:

Has anyone ever noticed that Manny looks like a happy cartoon catfish?


Put down the bong Bobby C....

the Roast says:

@ ali and amayseng, Cotto would get trucked by Floyd or Manny at this point. Martinez is unknown out sise of the hardcore fans. We would buy it but the GP would not. All that matters now is Pac vs Money. Sign the contracts. If Manny bleeds he has a built in excuse and then we have a rematch in the fall. 100 million for both fighters over two fights. Possible third fight in 2013, another 80 mil split if the first two are good. Come on men! Money is on the table!!

amayseng says:

Roast, i understand your point but worse matches have been made (floyd baldomir)

floyd is a pretty big draw so i would totally support a martinez fight who i think would

give floyd more problems than manny. in fact i favor sergio to beat floyd. i just think

he is faster, quicker, stronger and fights in combinations and is very active. all the

answer to a pot shotting inactive but good sharp shooter like floyd.

ali says:

Roast, i understand your point but worse matches have been made (floyd baldomir)

floyd is a pretty big draw so i would totally support a martinez fight who i think would

give floyd more problems than manny. in fact i favor sergio to beat floyd. i just think

he is faster, quicker, stronger and fights in combinations and is very active. all the

answer to a pot shotting inactive but good sharp shooter like floyd.

Lets not forget about Pac vs Clottey and they had the nerve to do that in Cowboy stadium.

Money Jay says:

Right on Ali, Pac vs Clottey may have been the worst fight I've ever seen!! The best part of that fight, was all the dancing clottey did on the way to the ring, lol! Whatever happened to him anyway? #coward

mortcola says:

Lets not forget about Pac vs Clottey and they had the nerve to do that in Cowboy stadium.


Pac-Clottey ENDED UP a bad fight, partly because Clottey, who was never dominated in his career, had absolutely no answer to Pac's relentlessness, speed, power, and angles. On paper, it was a legit fight against a dominant, strong, large welterweight. Baldomir was a tough mediocrity with lots of losses and obviously no chance in the universe of beating PBF. As good as Floyd is, he simply doesn't seek challenges, no mountains to climb. Sure he's calling out Pac now, after Pac looked beatable against Marquez, and now that the thug is going to jail and needs to gain attention some other way. He should have done anything and everything possible to make this fight back when people thought Pac was this amazing destroyer. Same thing with Martinez: if I were Floyd, with those gifts and that ego, I would be clamoring to fight Martinez, with all the hype and the legit skill and power he's shown. All the other greats looked for similar challenges. Floyd has never done so after his early career, never stepped beyond fighting little guys or an occasional show against a name fighter who was compromised by size, age, or inactivity. That is his character, his identity, those were his actions, and no shouting about his amazing skills can change the fact that a man is defined by his actions.

Money Jay says:

Mortcola, I'm a ride or die Mayweather fan, but I can't even argue with your thoughts. He doesn't take any risks anymore, and he's more concerned about protecting his undefeated record. Let's be real, it's because of the skill set he has, his ego/persona, and the fact that he's undefeated is what makes him the biggest name in boxing. However, I don't think he's scared to fight anyone, and never has been. It's just not a lot of talent in boxing anymore...Now Mayweather V Martinez would be a fight of the year canidate, and maybe even better than Pac vs May. I just think that Floyd will work Pac over with sharp counter punches, and his unbreakable defense....#lightwork

Robert Curtis says:

Put down the bong Bobby C....


What can I say? I just started dating one of those Occupier chicks who has a medical marijuana card.

Robert Curtis says:

Pac-Clottey ENDED UP a bad fight, partly because Clottey, who was never dominated in his career, had absolutely no answer to Pac's relentlessness, speed, power, and angles. On paper, it was a legit fight against a dominant, strong, large welterweight. Baldomir was a tough mediocrity with lots of losses and obviously no chance in the universe of beating PBF. As good as Floyd is, he simply doesn't seek challenges, no mountains to climb. Sure he's calling out Pac now, after Pac looked beatable against Marquez, and now that the thug is going to jail and needs to gain attention some other way. He should have done anything and everything possible to make this fight back when people thought Pac was this amazing destroyer. Same thing with Martinez: if I were Floyd, with those gifts and that ego, I would be clamoring to fight Martinez, with all the hype and the legit skill and power he's shown. All the other greats looked for similar challenges. Floyd has never done so after his early career, never stepped beyond fighting little guys or an occasional show against a name fighter who was compromised by size, age, or inactivity. That is his character, his identity, those were his actions, and no shouting about his amazing skills can change the fact that a man is defined by his actions.


Way to sum up. Pacman might have looked beatable in his last outing, but he's far from done. I think that if Manny and Freddie feel they can get an optimum camp together before June 1, the fight will happen. If not, it's Money's turn to wait.

Money Jay says:

Let me correct myself...what about Victoria Ortiz! Everyone thought he was a big risk for Floyd...and that girl got so mad she had to headbutt him! When they show the headbutt in slow mo, all you see is Victoria throwing, and missing, and missing..and then, Boom! Floyd had every right to drop that girl...#karma

Radam G says:

It was 30 stitches, Bobby C. Now you have heard it. Hehehehe!

Money May is a master of shoulder-rolling bullsh*tology. He knows what time it is. The blame game of da Bobfather is not going to work. If Money May is and was serious, the bout would have been signed yesterday, and Da Manny would/will knock dat money-braggin' arse da double fudge out.

Talking syet on Twitter, is just for a punk-a$$ who is quite bitter. Sign the contract! Holla!

Radam G says:

Yall need to recognize! U.S. Olympic Games' boxing medalists are alway doomed to get kayoed by Pinoys. The P-Islands boys have already TKO'd two U.S. gold medal winners. Money May is on his way to becoming the first O-Game bronze medal U.S. receiver to get put down by the awesome powerful of a native P-Islander. And I mean KAYOED! DOWN FOR THE WHOLE COUNT OF 10!

Biting off the words of da Donputo, "You heard it here, first, LADIES! Holla back!" Holla!

mortcola says:

Mortcola, I'm a ride or die Mayweather fan, but I can't even argue with your thoughts. He doesn't take any risks anymore, and he's more concerned about protecting his undefeated record. Let's be real, it's because of the skill set he has, his ego/persona, and the fact that he's undefeated is what makes him the biggest name in boxing. However, I don't think he's scared to fight anyone, and never has been. It's just not a lot of talent in boxing anymore...Now Mayweather V Martinez would be a fight of the year canidate, and maybe even better than Pac vs May. I just think that Floyd will work Pac over with sharp counter punches, and his unbreakable defense....#lightwork


Nice. I get all mixed up when I watch Money. He's so damn good. Now, he may beat Pac the way you say - I can envision a couple of boxing scenarios that go either way. There are a few things Pac does that Money's defense isn't designed for, but his reach and laser-like counterpunching are hard to bet against. But, I also agree that Floyd isn't "scared" = I think a lot of fanboys talk in terms of fear because they imagine themselves in the fighter's position, and don't know the mindset of a life-long boxer who knows what he's capable of. I just see Floyd as being all about calculated risk - calculated to accomplish just what you say, which is to protect his persona, which he is "scared" to lose, more than he is scared of being nailed and dropped. This is a celebrity-gangsta era, and that's his money-ticket right there. I respect him for being a savvy businessman with his one real commodity, himself, but I'm a boxing fan and a boxer, and I'm not a fan or follower of entrepreneurs and hucksters. That's why he pisses me off. Fighting is his ticket to money and celebrity, not to being the greatest fighter, but his ego makes him insist that he is also the greatest fighter even though the businessman in him won't take the risks that ALL the greats took. There is not one Duran, not one Hagler, Hearns, Frazier, Shavers, Leonard, Arguello on his record. Not one. And don't tell me Corrales, who was an admirable warrior but not an ATG. Not one. All celebrity fights, little guys, and overmatched contenders. COULD be up there with all the greats. But choices and actions make the man, and the Twitter rants and burning cash and Pac-testing craziness are the actions we have to judge by.

Carmine Casanova says:

Amen mortcola, he's a great boxer but he only fights people he's sure he can beat. His top priority is his "0" and business, he conducts himself accordingly to those standards. He will not be held in the same regard as Leonard, Duran, Hagler, Hearns, Robinson; to be the best you have to beat the best, or at least fight them. The Pacquiao camp has been calling him out for the last 2 years and he's evaded the fight. Now that he believes Pacquiao has slipped a bit he jumped on the fight. He's pressuring pacquiao and Bob Arum (whose another story) into meeting his specific date, he's attempting to call the shots yet again. But this time I don't think he'll be so adamant about the olympic style testing hmmm...

dino da vinci says:

Amen mortcola, he's a great boxer but he only fights people he's sure he can beat. His top priority is his "0" and business, he conducts himself accordingly to those standards. He will not be held in the same regard as Leonard, Duran, Hagler, Hearns, Robinson; to be the best you have to beat the best, or at least fight them. The Pacquiao camp has been calling him out for the last 2 years and he's evaded the fight. Now that he believes Pacquiao has slipped a bit he jumped on the fight. He's pressuring pacquiao and Bob Arum (whose another story) into meeting his specific date, he's attempting to call the shots yet again. But this time I don't think he'll be so adamant about the olympic style testing hmmm...


Benvenuto Paisano. Remember when there were 8 weight divisions? Eight World Champions? Remember when a "Sugar" Ray Robinson's record looked like a who's who of the fight game?

Mort, deadly accurate as usual.

We must all agree that with 22 World Sanctioning Organizations, 87 weight divisions, titles like "Super" Champion, "Regular" Champion, "Unleaded" Champion, "Interim" Champion, and the like, boxing is getting worse and not better. It is not enough that a fighter's skill-set would have allowed him to be competitive in any era in boxing history, he must dominate his era to be mentioned with the elite.

Radam G says:

@Dino da Vinci, The game has always been full of optical illusions. There has always been several sanctioning organizations. Even in the 1920s and 30s, the so-called Golden Age of boxing. You had organizations naming "white" champions of the world, "colored" champions of the world, California State world champions, New York State world champions, the National Boxing Association world champions, The World Athletic Association world champions, etc., etc.

Man, it is even a myth about "Hammering" Hank Armstrong. He never held three undisputed world titles at one time. Just organizational world title belts. And when he fought my late, great uncle Ceferino Garcia to a draw for the fourth one -- the middleweight title --that was only for the NYSAC version, and the bout was just a 10 rounder.

Boxing is like magic. It can fool you until you know how the tricks are done. I know magic and I know boksing, and neither can put the whammy and zammy on me. And I'm not going to even touch the tricks of Sugar Ray Robinson, because all of his ear-witnesses be jumpin all up in my grill. They just love fairy tales and bullsh*tology. Holla!

Money Jay says:

Easy there amayseng, come on man, Sergio my mans too, but theres no way he beats Floyd. Sergio leaves his hands down too much, and trys to taunt his opponents, if he trys that stupid stuff with Floyd, he'll get dropped. Sergio wouldn't be a bad fight though, he kind of reminds of a Roy Jones, he just has pure skill, but not Floyd skill. It's a different level of skill set.

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