Pacquiao Counters Mayweather’s Media Rope-A-Dope
As I've written before, I hope a Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao never happens. Their ongoing war of words is much more entertaining than a fight would ever be -- especially given Mayweather's penchant for staying away from his opponent and sending actual punches via UPS.
And Pacquiao agrees. Responding to Mayweather's recent challenge to set a date for a fight, Pacman said in a Showtime interview, among other things:
"(Mayweather) has reached a dead end. He had nowhere to run but to fight me. You all know his fighting style. I will try my best to make this a thrilling and entertaining fight. But I doubt if he’s gonna engage me in a slugfest. Most of his previous fights, if not all, induced us to sleep.”
That's great stuff: the interview equivalent of Roberto Duran-Sugar Ray Leonard. Unfortunately, an actual Mayweather-Pacquiao fight would be far less entertaining -- both are about 4 of 5 years past their prime; Mayweather has been in prison and is struggling with all manner if legal problems; and Pacquiao lost both his fights in 2012 and seems to be more interested in politics and basketball than pugilism.
Both have sinking pay-per-view numbers, as the public seems to have reached the saturation point with their little dance. So why not have a couple of fights in 2015 to have two last big paydays before both ride off into the sunset?
Don't forget, Bob Arum predicted this in August.
Boxing promoter Bob Arum told The San Francisco Chronicle Thursday that he is “very optimistic” that a fight between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. will happen in the first six months of 2015. He said the respective fighters’ television networks — HBO for Pacquiao and Showtime/CBS for Mayweather — have met and discussed the super fight.
“Both networks want this fight to happen,” Arum said. “All signs seem to point to the fight happening early next year.”
Which is too bad. These two were meant to never meet in the ring -- just the media. Then it would be the gift that keeps on giving.
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