After being described as “declining” and “desperate” earlier in the week by obnoxious blowhard Floyd Mayweather, Manny Pacquiao responded by rightfully saying that if the pound-for-pound legends don’t clash it’s because “Pretty Boy” doesn’t want to fight.
“If the fight doesn’t happen, it’s not my fault. I’m not going to accuse him of being greedy or judge him. It’s hard to judge. It’s his title, it’s his life, [but] I believe he is avoiding me,” said Pacquiao, 33, who offered to accept 45% of the pay-per-view revenue no matter the victor to finally cement a welterweight bout with Mayweather.
Pacquiao (54-4-2, 38 KOs), voted “Fighter of the Decade” for the 2000s by the BWAA, will battle Mexican legend Juan Manuel Marquez for a fourth time on December 8 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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 at any point 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 world light-welterweight belt in “Sin City.”
Rumors recently surfaced that Pacquiao and the convicted domestic abuser planned to battle each other twice in 2013.
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 trump “The Fighting Pride of the Philippines.”
Unfortunately for Pacquiao and boxing fans across the globe, Mayweather is disgustingly greedy and absolutely afraid that the Filipino slugger could blemish his pristine record.
It is now more evident than ever that Floyd Mayweather “is avoiding” Manny Pacquiao like a plague.