Pacquiao Is Whistling Past The Grave If He Thinks Mayweather Fights Him Again

BY Frank Lotierzo ON January 07, 2016
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With former eight division title holder Manny Pacquiao 57-6-2 (38) back in the news due to his upcoming rubber match with Timothy Bradley 33-1-1 (13), it was recently reported that Manny would love one more crack at Floyd Mayweather 49-0 (26) before he retires. As you know after years of drum-beating and chest pumping Mayweather and Pacquiao finally came to blows in early May of last year. When it was over Floyd Mayweather won a unanimous decision and controlled the action most of the way never once being in serious trouble. The fight didn't come close to living up to the expectation but what's fair is fair - and the fact of the matter is, Mayweather was clearly the better fighter that night and won no less than eight of the 12 rounds the bout went and nine is probably the better tabulation.

After the bout concluded it was revealed at the post fight press conference that Pacquiao entered the ring with a torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder. Well, here we are eight months later and Manny is all healed and about to begin preparing for Timothy Bradley who upset him by split decision back in June of 2012 and then Manny beat Bradley via unanimous decision in their rematch in April of 2014.

When Floyd's name was brought up, Pacquiao told Eddie Alinea of PhilBoxing that he is still interested in facing Mayweather for the second time.

"I have been very vocal about it," Pacquiao said of the rematch with Mayweather. "Even before the Bradley fight was made official on New Year's eve. The reason is simple; I want to end my 21-year boxing career with a big bang so to speak. And what would be the biggest fight to end a career than fighting the best and finest boxer at least in this era?" Pacquiao continued. "We could have given that last May when we faced each other but due to unavoidable circumstances, sports fans failed to get the results they wanted."

Pacquiao went onto infer that the fans didn't get the fireworks they were expecting and didn't directly mention that he was compromised by his shoulder injury and that it hindered his performance. And by Pacquiao not making any excuses for his showing once again illustrated that when he and Mayweather are both in the room, he's the adult.

Now that we're almost a year removed from Mayweather-Pacquiao most forget when the time existed that they feared Mayweather would never get in the ring with Pacquiao for whatever reasons they conjured up in their mind. The fight stewed and brewed for nearly six years and right before it was finally agreed to, many insiders and observers were of the belief that Floyd would bypass fighting Pacquiao forever and retire. And during those days it was routinely said in this space that there was no way in the world Mayweather would retire without ever facing Pacquiao.

However, there was a caveat to my thoughts....and it went like this - "Mayweather will in fact fight Pacquiao when he, and only he, deems the time is right and best suited for him." And that's ultimately how it went down. It was also said here that "once the fight is agreed upon the conditions will be most favorable to Floyd, and that was surely the case since everyone knows that by the time they touched gloves, Manny would be the fighter more on the decline between the two of them." And lastly it was constantly said in this space that when they eventually fight, fans would realize it was Mayweather who owned the stylistic advantage and that he would control the action most of the way, which he did, and that Floyd would win a comfortable decision, which he did.

It didn't take a genius to figure the above out, it was more a case of paying close attention to Mayweather regarding how he brilliantly conducted his career in and out of the ring beginning around 2005. Now that he has conquered the fighter who was thought to be the biggest threat to him during his career, there's no way in the world Floyd will ever share a ring with Pacquiao again. Unless someone guaranteed him money north of $300 million dollars, and we know that certainly isn't going to happen. So Manny can forget forever about seeing Mayweather again.

Floyd is a risk reward guy. If you accept the truth and realize he fought Pacquiao at the perfect time for him, being that the money was never better and Manny was the most used up and damaged he'd ever been at any point of his career; why would he tempt fate and give Pacquiao another fight? Remember, Mayweather only gave two fighters a rematch during his career, Jose Luis Castillo and Marcos Maidana. And the only reason he fought them a second time was because there were many who thought Castillo beat him, count me among them, and almost as many thought he had more trouble with Maidana than he should've the first time they met. Floyd fought better and smarter in both rematches and won. Case closed.

There's not a single boxing observer on the planet who thinks Pacquiao beat Mayweather last May….and if you do, you don’t know what you’re watching. The fight left a bad taste in the mouths of those who paid for it and a rematch could never command the same money and hype as the first fight did. Floyd proved that he can beat Pacquiao and knows that he has nothing to gain by fighting him again. If by chance the reason he looked so good against Manny the first time was because he was injured, why give him the opportunity to taint Mayweather's win over him? He won't!

There's nothing Mayweather can gain by fighting Pacquiao again but another huge payday, and he has everything to lose. Floyd doesn't need to fight Pacquiao again to gain another big paycheck, he can do that by fighting Adrien Broner, Amir Khan or a rematch with Canelo Alvarez. He'd toy with Broner and Khan for an easy payday or he can go for history and fight Alvarez for the lineal middleweight title and become the first former junior lightweight title holder in history to capture the middleweight title.

What line do you think Mayweather will be in when he finally announces his comeback for his 50th fight? That's what I thought.

And for the reasons stated directly above, I assure you there will not be a Mayweather vs. Pacquiao sequel. Deep down inside Pacquiao now knows that he probably only had one shot at Mayweather and it didn't work out for him. But I cannot fault him for trying to tweak Floyd in any way humanly possible in order to get one more crack at him! And to that I say Good luck!

Frank Lotierzo can be contacted at GlovedFist@Gmail.com

 

Chris L says:

Didn't read the article because I find the authors style of writing very negative.

But, if Pac beats Bradley and looks good doing so (which is feasible considering he outclassed Bradley two bouts ago) then why not? We all know Mayweather will fight once more, he will get the most money for fighting Pac, bottom line.

Either that or Canelo at a catchweight for MW title.

Chris L says:

Didn't read the article because I find the authors style of writing very negative.

But, if Pac beats Bradley and looks good doing so (which is feasible considering he outclassed Bradley two bouts ago) then why not? We all know Mayweather will fight once more, he will get the most money for fighting Pac, bottom line.

Either that or Canelo at a catchweight for MW title.

Radam G says:

Didn't read the article because I find the authors style of writing very negative.

But, if Pac beats Bradley and looks good doing so (which is feasible considering he outclassed Bradley two bouts ago) then why not? We all know Mayweather will fight once more, he will get the most money for fighting Pac, bottom line.

Either that or Canelo at a catchweight for MW title.


If the Arab royalty is serious about footing da dough, Money May will be ready to throw. His moniker is "MONEY!" And it will draws him like a little old bear to honey. Bring that stash, and dancing with Da Manny again Money May will dash. Nuff said! Holla!

Coxs Corner says:

I don't think the writers style is negative at all. He is brutally honest. Pacquiao is not what he was in 2009-2010 that should be obvious. There is no guarantee he will beat Bradley in their rubber match. Mayweather, as Frank wrote, before their fight always had the stylistic advantage and Mayweather took the fight when he felt he could milk the most out of it - which he did by making Manny and the public wait for 5 years before agreeing to the fight. All true. It was a business decision. I seriously doubt Floyd would come back to fight Manny again. If he comes back at all it would to be to win the middleweight title which he could do because Alvarez just doesn't have the boxing chops to beat him.

Radam G says:

I don't think the writers style is negative at all. He is brutally honest. Pacquiao is not what he was in 2009-2010 that should be obvious. There is no guarantee he will beat Bradley in their rubber match. Mayweather, as Frank wrote, before their fight always had the stylistic advantage and Mayweather took the fight when he felt he could milk the most out of it - which he did by making Manny and the public wait for 5 years before agreeing to the fight. All true. It was a business decision. I seriously doubt Floyd would come back to fight Manny again. If he comes back at all it would to be to win the middleweight title which he could do because Alvarez just doesn't have the boxing chops to beat him.


No pug in his late 30s is what he was six or seven years ago, including Money May. And, of course, F-Lo is brutally (opinionated) honest. And he should be. But this game is the "theatre of the expected."

With all that said, T-Brad ain't gonna do syet. And will likely get KTFO. He is a pu$$¥-whipped ____ who did his last trainer like syet. The great Teddy Atlas -- with all his training guns a reflection of the late, great Cus D'amato -- will not be able to get through the big, thick cranium of T-Brad. So Da Manny will finish the job that Juan Vargas started.

T-Brad is a kayo waiting to happen. And Money May is waiting for the meat and gravy because he already got the milk and honey. And he is not fighting a "giant" at middleweight. Holla!

oubobcat says:

It already happened once as a money grab and guess what. It will happen again.

Mayweather-Pacquiao 2 is inevitable. From all sides, the money will be too good to pass up. Plus this time it is easier to make without a current Mayweather television contract hindering negotiations.

Think about it...Arum is motivated by money and knows the end is soon for Pac. Arum will be more willing this time than last time to make this fight. And Haymon has to be losing money with PBC and could use a boost to his wallet. The public will bite again, not like the first time but still will be vested in this fight.

Pac gets by Bradley in April and the sides start talking. It may not be this year (or may) but it will happen. There is simply too much money to pass up on again.

stormcentre says:

Radam G says:

BTW, Lil Floyd will be coming over to the P-Islands in due time. And on that, you can put your last dime.

Dude is aight. And has more class than he is slime. And, OH YUP! He is lookin' and might be bookin' MayPac II. I syet you not. In scraps to happen in 2016, don't be surprised when this one creeps up in the slot.

We are wheeling and dealing with the "theatre of the unexpected." So all you haters, fakers, phonies, bulljivers, posers and pucked-in-da-cranium trolls, you will be wiping your tears and snot. You "don't know syet 'bout boksin,'" in the infamous or famous -- depending what side of the fence that you are on -- words of the most famous uncle in sports, Uncle Roger.

Too pi$$ in, you don't even have a pot. And definitely not a window to throw it out. Thanks for that wisdom 112-year-old Mother Smitty in San Diego, USA. I'll see you soon, okay. And I got some good, old coconut wine fo' ya. Holla!

stormcentre says:

Well, if you "syet us not", then it surely must be going to happen then.

I know you wouldn't bulljive us about stuff related to "Pac N Floyd".

Moving on, hope you had a great Xmas & NY RG.

Hope you're ready for 2016?

As, I have a lot of "special" things planned that I am sure you're going to love.

I syet you not.

michigan400 says:

Wow. The May / Pac threads are really falling off in popularity. I think that says it all.

Anyone who buys into it again is just a gluten for disappointment. Pac fans will be disappointed at another loss, Mayweather fans will be disappointed their guy didn't get the credit he deserves. SSDD.

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