Mayweather vs. Pacquiao Is Bullet-Proof

BY Frank Lotierzo ON April 18, 2014
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How many things in life are actually bullet-proof? I would venture to say not many, but in sports there are a few things that really are bullet-proof and can't miss.

The Super Bowl is bullet-proof. By that I mean it doesn't matter which two teams play in it, it's going to draw the biggest television audience of the year. The tickets will be more money this year than they were last year and the commercials will also be more expensive than they were for last years' game. There will be parties at residences and restaurants everywhere the day of the game. And if you are traveling on the road while the game is being played, you can count on no traffic. No, it doesn't matter if the game is between the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Arizona Cardinals. If the Jaguars and Cardinals ever met in the Super Bowl, it would be the biggest and most widely covered game of the year regardless of the fact neither team has much juice outside of Florida and Arizona. So you see, the NFL can't lose regardless of what two teams meet for the Lombardi trophy on the first Sunday of every February.

Unlike the Super Bowl, the World Series, NBA Finals and the Stanley Cup Finals need at least one big market or establishment team in it to draw really big numbers. Can you imagine the putrid numbers a San Diego Padres vs. Tampa Bay Rays World Series would bring? Or an NBA finals featuring the Charlotte Bobcats vs. Memphis Grizzlies? MLB and the NBA along with the television networks broadcasting the games would be praying for some kind of monumental controversy to stir interest if they were stuck with a Padres-Rays World Series or a Bobcats-Grizzlies NBA final.

Some say professional boxing is on the decline. However, boxing has it's own version of the Super Bowl, it's titled Mayweather vs. Pacquiao. And it is as completely bullet-proof as the Super Bowl.

You can bet the house on it that the moment it's announced and becomes official, look out, because it'll dominate everything boxing until the night of the fight. I remember in 2009/2010 it was Mayweather-Pacquiao 24/7 but it never happened. I say because of Mayweather's reluctance, but there are those who disagree. Back then it was a legitimate Super Fight and a case could've been made for either fighter winning, which is paramount in the making of a Super Fight. (Of course that is by no means the case today.)

Last weekend, Pacquiao avenged his decision loss to Timothy Bradley from two years ago. And ever since the moment his hand was raised in victory, all talk has centered around when he's going to fight Mayweather. In less than three weeks Mayweather will fight and handily defeat Marcos Maidana, and after the fight all anyone will want to talk to him about is fighting Pacquiaio.

Remember when they were both thought to be unbeatable about four years ago? A lot has changed since then. As of this writing Mayweather is 37 and will soon be on the decline, I think. Pacquiao is 35. In addition to that, Pacquiao has been officially defeated twice, has been knocked out cold for two minutes lying face down on the canvas, and he hasn't won by knockout in five years. What will it take for the boxing media and fans to grasp that Mayweather-Pacquiao isn't a big fight and there's no longer a scintilla of drama as to who will come out on top? Is there really one boxing observer left who doesn't think that Mayweather played his hand perfectly waiting Pacquiao out and for him to shows signs of undeniable erosion? Are there still boxing aficionados around who don't see Mayweather administering a one-sided boxing lesson to Pacquiao once they step into the ring when they finally meet? It's blatantly obvious that Pacquiao no longer has the punch or power to make Mayweather do anything that he doesn't want to. And without that he really has nothing else to fall back on to swing the fight in his favor. With Floyd not having to worry about getting stopped or really stunned to the point where he can't recover, he can do what he wants in order to control the fight.

It seems that nothing matters, all boxing fans care about is Mayweather and Pacquiao fighting. I could see if Manny was still the non-stop punching dynamo he used to be, but he's no longer that fighter. Even if you think he beat Bradley the first time, and he did. There's still a great case to be made that he should've lost the decision to Juan Manuel Marquez in their third fight. It was close but I had it for Marquez. And the disputed decision in their third meeting is what really prompted their fourth fight, and Pacquiao was knocked out in one of the most devastating fashions we've recently witnessed in that bout. Also, has everyone forgotten that Mayweather tortured and dominated a younger Marquez over 12-rounds back in late 2009? In fact Marquez didn't win a round, no, he didn't win a minute of that fight. Yet for some reason Mayweather and Pacquiao have to fight so the world keeps rotating?

I can't explain why but the media and fans feel their lives won't be complete if they don't see Mayweather and Pacquiao fight, regardless of the fact that there isn't a morsel of a doubt as to who will win. In fact, I bet the day of the fight Mayweather is about a 12-5 favorite and nobody will bet Pacquiao without getting odds. If Mayweather-Pacquiao were really so intriguing why will those betting Mayweather have to lay over 2-1 in order to bet him in the fight? That's pretty overwhelming in favor of Mayweather for a fight that's supposed to be must see and a toss up.

I really believe Pacquiao could fight and get knocked out by the Marquez-Alvarado winner in the first round, yet if he announced at the post fight press conference that he's signed to fight Mayweather five months from now, the fight would still be the biggest grossing bout in history. Actually, I'll go one further. Pacquiao could fight and get knocked out by Marquez and Alvarado in consecutive fights and still meet Mayweather five months later and break all PPV buy records. I've lived through big fights during my time, like Ali-Frazier I, II & III, Ali-Foreman, Leonard-Duran I & II and Leonard-Hearns...and believe me Mayweather-Pacquiao is nothing compared to those Super Fights.

Mayweather-Pacquiao is about as bullet-proof as any sporting event or fight that I've seen in my life. There is only one thing that could derail a fight between Floyd and Manny, and that too is bullet-proof. You know what that is, if Mayweather lost before they fought. That might be its death blow. But what are the odds of that? First of all there's nobody around Mayweather's weight who can beat him, and if that fighter existed, say a prime Paul Williams who forced Mayweather to retire once already, we know Floyd wouldn't fight him. So the only thing that could cancel Mayweather-Pacquiao can't happen. And once it's official, regardless of how eroded Pacquiao may have looked in his previous bouts, the moment his name is joined with Floyd's, it'll become the latest fight of a life-time.

There's nothing that can change that won't make it a big deal once it becomes official. I've never seen anything like it where clear thinking, reason and logic have been so completely rejected and thrown out the window. Since 2010, Pacquiao has been defeated twice, knocked out and lost a decision he should've won and was given one he should've lost. But that doesn't matter because everyone wants to see if he can beat Mayweather, despite there the fact there isn't a morsel of evidence to suggest that he can. When Mayweather and Pacquiao are mentioned most boxing fans are like sharks during a feeding frenzy. In other words, Mayweather and Pacquiao are going to fight, I don't care that Pacquiao is eroding and the result is a forgone conclusion. And that's exactly what makes Mayweather vs. Pacquiao bullet-proof.

Frank Lotierzo can be contacted at GlovedFist@Gmail.com

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deepwater2 says:

The fans want it even if it past it's due date. It will gross the most money in history. Floyd might even be favored 2-1 by the books . I still think PAC has a chance to pull it off. The fans deserve this fight. Floyd was upset and nervous because when it was time to make the fight years ago PAC was the the favorite 8-5. Floyd wants that 0 at any costs. He thinks if he retires 49-0 he can be mentioned with Robinson or better. Just make the fight before time runs out.

brownsugar says:

Agreed

Carmine Cas says:

The fight should still happen, and I think Bob will make it once he's milked Manny enough.

The Shadow says:

For whatever reason, this matchup has captured the general public's imagination.

The hardcore fan base, from a PPV standpoint, does little to propel buys to the seven-figure stratosphere.

Moreover, the casuals have little to no knowledge along with a notorious short-term memory.

Like Frank points out, Manny Pacquiao can get flattened three more times and people would still buy.

You may recall, Mike Tyson, prior to challenging Lennox Lewis, hadn't looked sharp in decades nor had he even had a decent performance in years.

You guys may also remember the Pacquiao-Shane Mosley fight.

Hardcores crapped all over it, but savvy promoter Bob Arum couldn't care less.

"Sugar Shane Mosley resonates," said Arum, referring to the casual fan base.

Sure enough, these two fights did a combined 3.4m buys with each event being Lewis', Tyson's and Pacquiao's biggest PPVs to date.

When the x-factor -- perceived power -- is involved, the casual fan is convinced that the power will make that difference.

Of course, they're ignorant to the fact that power on its own is worth little more than a luxury vehicle without gas...

For that reason, I would agree with Frank.

This fight is Teflon. And I think everyone involved is well aware of that as well.

Radam G says:

Money May is luvin' it. But he will never take dat step in dat squared jungle with Da Manny. Da Manny is too uncanny.

Money May is built like the Titanic. He's been built up not to sink. But he will, and all the Kanos will panic. They act like Money May's poop poop doesn't stink.

He's the smart one. Da Manny would beat him silly, and spread him all over the canvas like mustard on a hot dog bun..

Down will go another myth about _____ ______ superiority. On what should, could and would happen, never listen to a bias authority.

Through the ages, there have been tons of impossible to win fights for underdogs. But the favored fighters have constantly ended up getting slaughtered like hogs. Holla!

Grimm says:

Not interested. The mere thought of the antics of Floyd & family up until fighttime make me sick, and the fight itself wouldn't deliver enough to compensate for it.

Thought of note: there must be a reason - beyond pride or narcissism - Floyd hasn't responded to the lure of neither the cash nor the possibility to win this, in the eyes of a majority of the boxing world, supposedly easy fight. Floyd is, quite right, considered a superb analyst. Could it be he sense it wouldn't be quite as easy? Is there one fight that still can bring the absolute max out of Manny Pacquiao, it's this one. All the insults, all the sqornful smiles, would be his driving gasoline thru twelwe rounds of high energy. I've said it before: Floyd knows - victory or no victory - this would be a painful one, and all his other qualities aside: he doesn't like to bleed.

leon30001 says:

I don't get this article; yes Pacquiao has officially lost twice, but why give that any credence to that when the first was a robbery?

And apparently there's not a morsel of evidence he can win, but he just beat the number 2 guy at welterwight, EASILY, so who the hell else should Mayweather be fighting at this juncture?

Finally...Floyd played his hand perfectly? By blatantly ducking his most natural opponent for the last several years? No. He set himself up for a lifetime of questions as to why he didn't fight Manny when he should have, and irrevocably tarnished his legacy in the process.

jzzy says:

The acrimony between the camps continues. As long as Arum is involved the fight will not happen, Mayweather has made that point
abundantly clear. So you writers should drop the it until something changes . It's becoming a tired subject that's suffering from
over exposure already. I urge you to concentrate on reality, there are other interesting matchups for both men as they approach retirement.

Coxs Corner says:

I wanted to see the fight circa spring 2010 when it should have been made and actually would have been a real Superfight. It's almost as bad now as if Holmes and Foreman would have fought in the 90's and thinking that would have been an indicator of how the fight would have went circa 79-80 had Foreman remained active. I don't even want to see the fight now. Mayweather will win and it won't prove anything to me. Sorry.

kidcanvas says:

its so far past its fresh date that anyone whod think it be the fight of 5 yrs ago is hallucinating, right now it wouldnt mean a damn thing or prove anything... thx floyd for ruining what could of been one great fight ..

Radam G says:

its so far past its fresh date that anyone whod think it be the fight of 5 yrs ago is hallucinating, right now it wouldnt mean a damn thing or prove anything... thx floyd for ruining what could of been one great fight ..

Lil' Floyd did what was best for his career in regards to prizefighting. If the fight would've taking place five years ago, he would probably be punchy, broke and outta da game.

By not fighting Da Manny, he prolonged his career and his PHAT purses. Dude is smart. No cause or wants of anyone that doesn't do da darn thang [sic] can tell Money May when or who to fight.

Thus, he is still around making da big dough and fighting the no-chance-in-hell-of-winning dopes, jokes and no hopes. Holla!

The Shadow says:

its so far past its fresh date that anyone whod think it be the fight of 5 yrs ago is hallucinating, right now it wouldnt mean a damn thing or prove anything... thx floyd for ruining what could of been one great fight ..


Manny is the one who left the negotiating table...twice.

So thank both of them.

The Good Doctor says:

Manny is the one who left the negotiating table...twice.

So thank both of them.


Absolutely agree. I am beginning to wonder with all the money to be made, with the potential legacy to be gained, and with all the additional things that winning their fight would have brought, if either of them ever really wanted to fight.

Radam G says:

Absolutely agree. I am beginning to wonder with all the money to be made, with the potential legacy to be gained, and with all the additional things that winning their fight would have brought, if either of them ever really wanted to fight.
Boxing is sleazy, shady and sneaky. Money May has cut off talks of getting paid for Da Manny whuppin' of his arse every single time. "TIME AFTER TIME," in the lyrics of one of my MILF from back in da day.

And Money May is working these optical illusions of Da Manny being the one. Maybe some of the tapes of their conversations will be release one of these days. And then Lil' Floyd will weasel outta dat truth too. He definitely has his followers and fan in da deep, dark tank of super blindness and naivety.

I ain't hatin' him, though. Dude is an archgrandmaster of the double hoodwinked and triple bamboozled in it all. Holla!

The Shadow says:

Boxing is sleazy, shady and sneaky. Money May has cut off talks of getting paid for Da Manny whuppin' of his arse every single time. "TIME AFTER TIME," in the lyrics of one of my MILF from back in da day.

And Money May is working these optical illusions of Da Manny being the one. Maybe some of the tapes of their conversations will be release one of these days. And then Lil' Floyd will weasel outta dat truth too. He definitely has his followers and fan in da deep, dark tank of super blindness and naivety.

I ain't hatin' him, though. Dude is an archgrandmaster of the double hoodwinked and triple bamboozled in it all. Holla!


I don't know about secret conversations except for the ones between Michael Conz and Jeff and Floyd Mayweather, but I do know this:

Once blood testing was brought up, Bob Arum filed a lawsuit, declared the fight dead and signed Joshua Clottey, who he owed a big fight after signing him up from DiBella anyway.

But there's nothing illusory about that. Blood testing had been there from the get-go. Even when Mayweather's representation offered a 14-day cutoff compromise, it was the Top Rank side that wouldn't budge.

They left the table. Not the other way around.

Skibbz says:

Boxing is sleazy, shady and sneaky. Money May has cut off talks of getting paid for Da Manny whuppin' of his arse every single time. "TIME AFTER TIME," in the lyrics of one of my MILF from back in da day.

And Money May is working these optical illusions of Da Manny being the one. Maybe some of the tapes of their conversations will be release one of these days. And then Lil' Floyd will weasel outta dat truth too. He definitely has his followers and fan in da deep, dark tank of super blindness and naivety.

I ain't hatin' him, though. Dude is an archgrandmaster of the double hoodwinked and triple bamboozled in it all. Holla!


I see that RG. Won't be the last time someone's gonna pay a champ to get their jaw dirty.

brownsugar says:

well the fight was just a drug test refusal away from happening, and just recently GB won a purse bid that will feature a TR guy and an Al Hayman fighter. Stranger things have happened.

brownsugar says:

and when it happens, we will see Manny escorted to retirement in glory... sent on his way by one of the best ever.

Radam G says:

and when it happens, we will see Manny escorted to retirement in glory... sent on his way by one of the best ever.


Easy dream to believe, because Floyd Kenducky Chicken never was and will fight one who will kayo him. Dude has been bytching outta fights since the amateurs.

It a May family thing, though. And more power to not taking an arse thrashing.

BTW, The Shadow, Da Manny won a mutli-number figure lawsuit against Money May for fibbing about blood testing and steroids.
Money May is eating ducking Da Manny. This way -- just as religion -- ev'ybodee and dey momma and two of dey ¢o¢k-eyed uncles can claim their god is the true one can all the others. Or would have, if they would have ever fought.

Fantasy forever favoring him is what Money May wants. Holla!

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