In response to Juan Manuel Marquez rendering Manny Pacquiao unconscious with a spectacular overhand right in the sixth round on Saturday night at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Floyd Mayweather Jr. rightfully questioned if the Filipino is truly dedicated to boxing.
The 33-year old Pacquiao (54-5-2, 38 KOs), a former eight-division titlist, made in excess of $20 million for what amounted to his second consecutive defeat this past weekend.
Pacquiao, voted “Fighter of the Decade” for the 2000s by the BWAA, is an iconic talent in the squared circle.
Regrettably, rather than strictly throwing fists, “The Fighting Pride of the Philippines” is also currently a politician who acts and records music.
“In the sport of boxing, you have to really dedicate yourself to your craft,” said Mayweather, 35, a longstanding WBC world welterweight champion who was named The Ring “Fighter of the Year” in 1998 and 2007. “You have to really, really dedicate yourself to your craft. I think he’s got so many different things on the outside that he worries about.”
Mayweather (43-0, 26 KOs), who last fought on Cinco de Mayo when he defeated powerful Puerto Rican icon Miguel Cotto by unanimous decision to gain the WBA (Super) & WBC Diamond light middleweight titles, then noted the vicious knockout blow landed by the 39-year-old Marquez (55-6-1, 40 KOs).
“Pacquiao’s focus should be trying to take a vacation, get his mind right, and get a few tune-up fights so he can bounce back,” said Mayweather, a bronze medalist as a featherweight at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta who has repeatedly refused to fight Pacquiao for more than four years now.
“There’s a difference in the ways you can get knocked out. See, when a guy gets knocked out and he can get up, they sit him on his stool, they rub his back, he goes home and ices himself, he goes to the hospital and gets checked out and he’s okay, that’s one thing. But when you’ve got to wake a guy up with smelling salt and he’s got a concussion and he’s got to go to the hospital overnight, that’s crucial. I mean, that’s close to death. Hopefully he’s okay. My prayers go out to the Pacquiao family. I know he loves the sport of boxing, so hopefully he can bounce back.”
“Pretty Boy,” an utter defensive virtuoso who is one of the preeminent pugilists to ever step into the ring, said he wants to scrap twice this coming year on major Mexican holidays.
Roger “Pit” Perron is a venerable boxing trainer from Brockton (Mass.) who now works with Mike and Rich Cappiello at their gym, Cappiello Brothers Boxing and Training.
“Floyd is the best there is today,” said Perron, 75, who worked with International Boxing Hall of Famer Marvelous Marvin Hagler at the Petronelli Brothers Gym. “He can’t be touched.”
“You have to really, really” respect Mayweather for possessing an insatiable diligence that has made him “the best there is today.”
Despite being a cocky jackass and convicted domestic abuser, “Pretty Boy” is a prizefighter for the ages.
Unfortunately for the Filipino legend, it has recently become evident that Manny Pacquiao is shopworn and has too “many different things on the outside that he worries about.”