While preparing to battle bruising scrapper Juan Manuel Marquez for a fourth time on December 8 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada, boxing star Manny Pacquiao again reiterated his willingness to submit to any drug tests and accept less loot to throw fists with obnoxious blowhard Floyd Mayweather at some point in 2013.
“I am 100 percent willing to fight him,” said Pacquiao, 33, voted “Fighter of the Decade” for the 2000s by the BWAA. “I agree with the 45-55 (purse split) for the fight to happen for the sake of the fans. Whatever he wants with the drugs testing, he can do whatever is in the rules. It is up to him (to make the fight happen).”
Pacquiao (54-4-2, 38 KOs), who has escaped with a draw and two controversial conquests over the 39-year-old Marquez (54-6-1, 39 KOs) since their initial meeting in May 2004, seems more determined to tarnish Mayweather’s perfect record than truly overcome the rugged Mexican in a decisive manner.
Conversely, Mayweather (43-0, 26 KOs), who was released to the public on August 3 after serving 63 days behind bars at the Clark County Detention Center for beating his former sweetheart two years ago while a couple of their children watched, is not scheduled to enter the squared circle any time soon.
The 35-year-old Mayweather, a longstanding WBC world welterweight champion who was named The Ring “Fighter of the Year” in 1998 and 2007, last fought on Cinco de Mayo when he defeated powerful Puerto Rican icon Miguel Cotto by unanimous decision to gain the WBA super light middleweight belt in “Sin City.”
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.
Perron predicts that Mayweather, a 1996 bronze medalist who already owned a decent rap sheet from convictions on battery and assault in 2002 and 2005, would outclass Pacquiao in a match.
“Nobody will ever beat Floyd until he retires,” said Perron, 75, who worked in the 1980s with International Boxing Hall of Famer Marvelous Marvin Hagler at the Petronelli Brothers Gym. “If Floyd and Manny ever get together, mortgage the house on Mayweather.”
Pacquiao, the first pugilist in history to win 10 world crowns in eight separate divisions, is a truly great fighter blessed with booming power and brilliant footwork.
Nevertheless, Mayweather, an enormous talent who has captured nine world titles in five different weight classes, is a more complete boxer and he would trounce “The Fighting Pride of the Philippines.”
Unfortunately “for the sake of the fans” and the Filipino icon, Mayweather will clash with 50 Cent before facing Pacquiao in the squared circle.
It is evident that Floyd Mayweather is “100 per cent (un)willing to fight” Manny Pacquiao out of an insatiable desire to protect his own greatness.