Between Stephen A. Smith’s insistence that Floyd Mayweather Jr. needs to fight Manny Pacquiao for his own legacy and the beef the two already share, it was only a matter of time before First Take said the obvious: Floyd Mayweather Jr. is running from Manny Pacquiao.
Except he didn’t (but you can read between the lines). What it sounded like was Stephen A. Smith was covering his own ass, essentially saying we need to stop giving Mayweather the means in which to make excuses. That’s justifying Floyd’s repeated dodging of this fight and it’s acknowledging that he’s making excuses…which is accusing him of “ducking” Pacquiao.
Nice try, dude.
“I’m not accusing my man Floyd of being scared or ducking or whatever,” he began, making sure he didn’t make Floyd mad again. “Because I understand the level of disdain that he has for Bob Arum…but I would just love for Bob Arum to [say] ‘I’m going to take myself out of the equation so [Floyd Mayweather Jr.] doesn’t have this excuse.'”
That’s like saying “I’m going to hide these drugs from you so you don’t do them…but you’re NOT a drug addict.” Come on dude, just say it. Mayweather’s hiding. He’s scared.
Skip Bayless sure as hell didn’t pull any punches.
“Floyd keeps saying ‘No’ because it is clear to me as it’s been clear to Bob Arum, and he said publicly, Floyd is afraid to fight Manny Pacquiao because Floyd believes he would lose. He would lose to Manny Pacquiao. I’m sorry. It’s as clear as that sunshine out there right now.”
There ya go.