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Mayweather's Just Starving The Public: Money-Manny Will Definitely Happen

BY Frank Lotierzo ON May 09, 2012
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MayweatherCotto Hoganphotos 15Rest assured boxing fans....we will get to see the biggest fight of this era. Don't fret for a moment, you'll get to see the top pound-for-pound fighter in boxing, Floyd Mayweather, fight the number two pound-for-pound fighter in boxing, Manny Pacquiao. The only way that Mayweather-Pacquiao doesn't happen will be if Pacquiao loses in the interim, because we know Mayweather won't be defeated before they fight.

If anyone thinks that either Floyd or Manny are gonna retire without facing each other and creating the biggest gate in boxing history, you're out of your mind. Mayweather has everybody where he wants them. He's won the drug testing argument. In that I mean now Pacquiao is willing to consent to all of them. Not because there's a cloud of suspicion over him because there's not. The reason is because Mayweather has manipulated the debate and the boxing media regarding drug testing. Because he is such a draw now, every fighter who fights him is more than willing to take the test as he says. And that makes him look like a man of his word who's trying to clean up boxing. What a joke, Mayweather only cares about creating a legacy and getting paid for it.

A few years ago the fighter who I consider the second greatest welterweight in history, Sugar Ray Leonard, had a legacy fight out there waiting for him. The opponent's name was Marvin Hagler, who was dying to get his hands on Leonard. The problem for Marvin was, Ray knew it. And in knowing that he played Hagler knowing that Marvin would agree to the fight if he had one foot in the grave.

So what did Ray do? He waited for Hagler to slip ever so slightly and start talking about retirement. Then outta nowhere he goes on a Maryland radio station and says he'd come out of retirement only to face Hagler. When word got back to Hagler, Marvin tried to be coy and made Ray wait for his answer. Only Ray was too smart. He knew it was Hagler's dream fight. Leonard knew that Hagler would make more money fighting him than he ever did in his career, and at the same time would be afforded the opportunity to win his legacy fight and shut up his doubters. As we now know, Hagler accepted the Leonard fight under Ray's terms and has probably regretted that decision for the past 25 years.

In boxing there are some fighters who want to face another fighter so bad because they're so confident they can beat them, that they'd take the fight under almost any circumstances. Evander Holyfield practically got up from the grave and jumped at the chance to fight Mike Tyson. George Foreman as an old man in his mid forties wanted Tyson and would probably still fight him today at age 63. Did anyone doubt that as shot as he was Shane Mosley was gonna fight Mayweather at a time when Floyd held every advantage?

Boxing history is replete with the above scenarios. So wake up and add Mayweather-Pacquiao to that list. Floyd knows that Manny thinks he's afraid of him, and is using that to his full advantage. He also knows that Manny will agree to the terms of the fight whenever Floyd is serious about making the fight. Mayweather has no fear of Pacquiao, but he also knows that to insure victory he has to mess with Manny a little more and drag the fight out a little longer.

Pacquiao hasn't won by stoppage since beating Miguel Cotto. His opponents since the Cotto fight have been the very underwhelming and limited Joshua Clottey. Then he took on corpses named Antonio Margarito and Shane Mosley. In his last fight he was out-boxed and taken to school by his featherweight nemesis Juan Manuel Marquez. Minus Manny's devastation's of Ricky Hatton and Cotto, nobody would be considering Pacquiao anywhere close to even money in a head-to-head match up against Mayweather, would they?

At age 35 Mayweather looks bigger and stronger every time out. It's been said here before that Mayweather is too physically skilled along with being too big and strong for Pacquiao. Which shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone because Mayweather is the bigger man. Floyd takes a terrific shot and is tiger-like inside when it comes to mental toughness and determination.

At this time Pacquiao is so distracted and unfocused that he's not the fighter he was in 2009. As time moves on it'll get worse and he'll be ripe to be plucked by Mayweather. On the other hand, Mayweather is looking at a few months jail time, but Mayweather always stays focused and handles distractions almost as good as Muhammad Ali did. In fact, Floyd may be Ali-like in that the more he thinks the world is out to knock him down - the better he fights.

Mayweather has played this perfectly in hindsight. He'll get to Pacquiao as long as Manny isn't Marquezed before he's marinated him enough to make the fight between them. Make no mistake, Pacquiao is an all-time great pound-for-pound fighter. But he's more on the decline than is Mayweather and that isn't by accident. Floyd has worked that angle and is counting on Pacquiao wanting him so bad that he'll almost grovel to him when it looks as if they'll never fight.

Mayweather will be the more live fighter when the bout finally comes off. Add to that he has the style, speed, confidence and strength to decision Pacquiao. You better believe they'll fight as long as Manny doesn't lose in his next fight or the one after that.

Lastly, this is being written before Pacquiao fights Timothy Bradley next month. However, if Manny stops Bradley in the first round, it won't change my view on how Mayweather-Pacquiao goes. The only thing Pacquiao's showing will determine is when the fight happens. Great showing against Bradley means the fight's further down the road. A sub-par showing by Pacquiao against Bradley will translate into we're getting closer.

Just remember - if Pacquiao doesn't lose before fighting Mayweather, the fight will definitely be realized. And when the day comes that Mayweather finally signs for the fight and the press tour is announced, you can bet everything you own it'll be to Manny's disadvantage.

Mayweather has mastered starving the public for this fight. When he does meet Pacquiao, it'll be for the most money the fight is capable of doing and he'll have the most vulnerable Pacquiao in front of him. Count on it.

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Comment on this article

Coxs Corner says:

The fight meant something in 2009. Manny is on the decline now whereas Mayweather hass cherry picked and avoided comp to stay at the top of his game. I'd still watch it but I don't give Pacman much of a chance now. As usual Mayweather waits his opposition out until they are ready to be taken to fatten his record.

deepwater says:

I dont like floyd or his philly crab style but he did what he had to do against cotto and proved his worth. lets see what happens with the pac/bradley bout but if pac only brings in 20 million or so he does not have a case for 50-50 on the purses. 60-40 would be fine and mayweathers offer of 40 million is a good one. pacman take the 40 million for a chance to be the best. pac has a shot to knock out floyd but floyd answered alot of questions against cotto. he took a beating and came back strong. good fight.

Real Talk says:

This fight will never happen as long as Bob Arum is in the picture. Maybe when they're in their 40's like Roy and Hopkins.....who cares I'm over it. The thought of it does nothing, doesn't get me feeling any type of way, doesn't move the meter at all. Whoever wins the fight in 2020 will probably get robbed anyway. Dueces

J_Phillips says:

@Coxs Corner How can you say that Mayweather has cherry picked his opponents when other than this last Cotto fight Pacquiao fought the same people(de la hoy, hatton, mosley) after Floyd already beat them. Pacquiao could of fought Marquez a third time in 2009 after their rematch but chose instead to fight a old and way past his prime de la hoya, pacquiao fights only fighters tailored made to his style...they come straight forward with little to no actual technique, the only person he fought with high boxing skill and IQ was marquez and we know how those fights went

deepwater says:

bob arum is calling floyd a nazi now. that is the last resort of a desperate man. when you dont have a reasonable response, the nazi or atti semite slurs come out. make the damn fight already

CPX says:

I appreciate your logic but not quite in agreement.. Stephen Edwards said it pretty perfect last week in boxingtalk.com.. In that there is something about Manny that he simply doesn't like, something that spooks him a little.. I think he sees Manny as a genuine threat to his health and will never fight.. Cheers..

Radam G says:

Wow! Huh! A fortune teller! I'm remind of that type telling me that I was going to grow to be six-foot tall. Fudge dat muthasucka-fortune-telling cat. I got nowhere close to six-foot tall. Matter of fact, my baby sister, who was booooorrrnnnnn in DAAA U-S-A is taller than my arse. She is taller than Lil' Floyd and Da Manny too.

I just love how boxing powers that be work that height syet. When Miguel Cotto and Da Manny fought, Cotto was listed at 5-foot-6 and Da Manny was listed at 5-foot-6 1/2. But strangely when Cotto fought Money May, they both were listed at 5-foot-8. Don't you just love how the powers that be bullsh*t you? Holla!

jzzy says:

I don't agree with you Frank, you credit Mayweather with too much intelligence. Pacman has global appeal and has carried boxing the last 5 years while Mayweather has barely fought. Mayweather also avoided Mosley, Cotto, Margarito etc... when they were dangerous several years ago. Pacman has faced better competition. Mayweather has no viable opponent now except Pacman provided he beats Bradley. Arum will make sure Pacman gets a fair deal or Mayweather can kiss off. They don't need him.

maximumaries says:

What a perfect comparative analysis made as to the performances of both fighters and favored a lot to PACMAN! You're definitely correct that the win made by Mayweather against Marquez was quite a big question and could not be compared with the fights between PACMAN - MARQUEZ because of the FRAUD made by Fraud Mayweather overweight by more or less 4 pounds!

What i disagree in your analysis is the pressumption that PACMAN will be defeated by Mayweather if the fight will go is very much big LIE!!!The DESIRE, WANTS, etc for PACMAN to put MAYWEATHER's BIG MOUNTH to Shut-off is so GREAT that will shoot -up his Adrenalin to an unprecedented level, thus, will lead to the unprecedented downfall of your GUY that maybe lead to his suicide the same way planned by HATTON after his round 2 partially dead KO!You don't know how FILIPINOS react when the EGO is at STAKE!!

Mayweather and his FAMILY has done a LOT of DAMAGED to PACMAN's MANHOOD, therefore, BE A WITNESS when that time comes!!!

dino da vinci says:

Wow! Huh! A fortune teller! I'm remind of that type telling me that I was going to grow to be six-foot tall. Fudge dat muthasucka-fortune-telling cat. I got nowhere close to six-foot tall. Matter of fact, my baby sister, who was booooorrrnnnnn in DAAA U-S-A is taller than my arse. She is taller than Lil' Floyd and Da Manny too.

I just love how boxing powers that be work that height syet. When Miguel Cotto and Da Manny fought, Cotto was listed at 5-foot-6 and Da Manny was listed at 5-foot-6 1/2. But strangely when Cotto fought Money May, they both were listed at 5-foot-8. Don't you just love how the powers that be bullsh*t you? Holla!


What's the matter, Rad? Usually you love F-Lo.

dino da vinci says:

I don't agree with you Frank, you credit Mayweather with too much intelligence. Pacman has global appeal and has carried boxing the last 5 years while Mayweather has barely fought. Mayweather also avoided Mosley, Cotto, Margarito etc... when they were dangerous several years ago. Pacman has faced better competition. Mayweather has no viable opponent now except Pacman provided he beats Bradley. Arum will make sure Pacman gets a fair deal or Mayweather can kiss off. They don't need him.


@jzzy. Bernard Hopkins aside, Frank Lotierzo is never wrong. Ever. And I mean that.

dino da vinci says:

What a perfect comparative analysis made as to the performances of both fighters and favored a lot to PACMAN! You're definitely correct that the win made by Mayweather against Marquez was quite a big question and could not be compared with the fights between PACMAN - MARQUEZ because of the FRAUD made by Fraud Mayweather overweight by more or less 4 pounds!

What i disagree in your analysis is the pressumption that PACMAN will be defeated by Mayweather if the fight will go is very much big LIE!!!The DESIRE, WANTS, etc for PACMAN to put MAYWEATHER's BIG MOUNTH to Shut-off is so GREAT that will shoot -up his Adrenalin to an unprecedented level, thus, will lead to the unprecedented downfall of your GUY that maybe lead to his suicide the same way planned by HATTON after his round 2 partially dead KO!You don't know how FILIPINOS react when the EGO is at STAKE!!

Mayweather and his FAMILY has done a LOT of DAMAGED to PACMAN's MANHOOD, therefore, BE A WITNESS when that time comes!!!


Max,
Welcome to the TSS Universe. Actually Max, Floyd's not Frank's guy. Frank just happens to have the world's best opinion in the sport of boxing. Somebody had to be him, and, well, it's him. By the way, it's boxing. Just because Floyd's favored, (and he is Max. Not by the insane margin that Manny was over JMM recently, and you saw how that went, but he's favored. But only by a bit) doesn't of course, assure Money a victory. If you roll the clock back, this fight would have been the most viewed fight in history. Not to mention one of the most competitive, highest earning. That's one difference between today's fighters and a fighter like Ali. Ali fought and defeated Liston when he was deemed unbeatable. As he did with Foreman as well. That is why Ali is the gold standard. This is most definitely one sport where you don't get credit for what you might have done as opposed to what another fighter actually went out and did. It's in the doing, Max, it's in the doing. Lastly, Frank doesn't lie. It's just an opinion (albeit a pretty darn good one), and rest assured, it can't hurtcha.

Radam G says:

I still have much luv for F-Lo! But no one is perfect. He who is, donate the first mil to a charity or church of your choice. Hehehe! Dang charity or church will be broke like a mutha-mutha waiting for any human about five years old donation. My five-year-old son told me that he is not donating JACK, he's paying for a new iPad, because the one he has is old and he wants to donate it to an old man about 19 years old. WTF! Dat my boy! Crazy as heck just like his pops. Holla!

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