Manny Pacquiao has no love lost towards Floyd Mayweather. Once again, the two famed boxers are back to fueling each others fire. Usually, Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao keeps a calm reserve about himself and lets others do the talking for him. In this, he is like his promoter, Bob Arum, and his personal advisor, Michael Koncz. This past Thursday, however, Pacquiao minced no words talking about Mayweather. He was preaching to whomever would listen that Mayweather was nothing but a coward, and that he was only jealous of Pacquiao’s accomplishments in his career. He continued further, saying that he was not into the all of the gimmicks that Mayweather plays at, and that he was just glad that someone like Mayweather would remember him over the years. He seems determined to provoke Mayweather, so that, one day, he will be able to confront the man face-to-face in the ring.
Pacquiao’s personal attack came after Mayweather questioned his record a few weeks ago. Manny has slipped in the last two years, losing two of his last three fights, along with his WBO International Title in the process to Timothy Bradley. Some of Mayweather’s statements appear to be accurate on their face. His recent losses would, as suggested, possibly diminish pay per view buy rates and affect the total income made on a potential fight. Pacquiao is not swayed by that logic.
When asked what he thought of Pacquiao, Mayweather accused Manny of just using him for financial gain. He accused him of using his promoters to promote his fights, while also suggesting that “Pacman” needed him to make money to get out of debt. Of late, there has been a lot of chatter between camps. Pacquiao later responded to those comments by saying point-blank that Mayweather simply does not like to fight, and would not fight. It is the battle of words expected with any promoted fight, but most are still wondering whether or not there will ever be one.
The two fighters have a storied history. Between the latter half of 2009 and the beginning of 2010, the fight between the pair was the biggest commodity in the boxing world. Any sort of fighting or boxing fan would have loved to see these two step into a ring together, but Mayweather’s camp continued nit-picking at Pacquiao and his camp. First Mayweather wanted randomized blood testing, but Pacquiao quickly denied those requests. Mayweather made a personal phone call to Manny in 2012, offering a straight offer of $40 million for a fight. Manny denied that as well. confirming his enmity and demonstrating that there will continue to be no love lost between them.
In light of his recent difficulties, it seems that Manny may have no choice but to agree to Mayweather’s terms if he wants a fight to happen. The ball is squarely in his court. Manny and his camp have continued making public statements that they would find a way to come to an agreement on testing and money with Mayweather . Despite what has been said in the media, nothing really has come to fruition when they have been offered the opportunity to meet face to face.
By all appearances, this could be the best fight that never happened in boxing history, much to the chagrin of die-hard fans. Their verbal battles have begun to resemble the most likely scenario for what might happen in the ring; Pacquiao continues to chase while Mayweather dips and moves out of the situation as quickly as possible. There has been a rumor flying around the web that a fight between the two box office icons had been set. Only just recently, that rumor has been denied by both camps, leaving most avid boxing fans angry and frustrated.
Those same fans are watching the hype and name-calling that is the hallmark of a build-up to a match, and hoping that soon they will be re-capturing the hope the recent rumor brought when it was disproved. Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather love to participate in the gamesmanship, and continue to allow it to build, despite repeated denials of an impending match-up. With no love lost, and no end in sight to the battle of words, cynics have started to call on them to prove their disinterest, or get on with the fight. For now, the boxing world watches and waits.
by Justin Huffman