There are times in your life when you have to say “enough is enough.” Those times are amplified even more when you truly have no say-so in the matter, whatsoever. No matter what you do or say, folks are going to do what they are going to do anyway, and, in the words of The Rock, there are two things you can do about it: nothing, and like it.
When it comes to being a fan of boxing, this slogan can be taken and should be taken to heart, as it pertains to the two biggest names in the sport today; Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao. Once again, they are unable to come to agree on a proposed bout in November, and my tolerance with this cockamamie has officially run out.
People have taken sides in this entire ordeal, with the majority being against Mayweather. The man says he is no rush to do anything, which has been translated by some boxing fans as him being afraid of Pac-Man. In defense of Floyd, this has to be said: undefeated is undefeated. The man has gotten in the ring 41 times and has left the ring as the winner 41 times. If anyone has earned the right to feel themselves a lil’ bit, it’s Pretty Boy Floyd.
I give Floyd all the respect in the world by saying he fights for the money, but with this here, he’d make a killing and a victory over Pacquiao would finally shut everyone up who doesn’t want to give him credit for the people he’s beaten in the past. However, that’s where my defense of him stops. Pac-Man agreed to his camp’s demands for Olympic-style drug testing, as well as a 50-50 split, and this fool still doesn’t want to fight. I won’t say he’s scared, because I honestly don’t think he’s scared of Pacquiao, but it doesn’t look good that the ball is in his court, and he’s reluctant to shoot.
Now folks are coming to the defense of Pacquiao, and for the sake of argument, it makes sense. Pacquiao has made a living of taking on all comers, moving up in weight, and getting the job done. Folks have crowned the man as the pound-for-pound king, which is understandable. He’s also agreed to do Olympic-style testing, which he never really had to agree on, because he hasn’t failed a drug test in his career.
Folks can speculate all they want, but he’s had 50+ fights, and he’s passed all the drug tests prior, so why should he have to cave into the demands of Mayweather and his people? With all that said, Pacquiao will still be looked at with suspicion from folks, because when the camps initially came with the idea of testing, he balked at it. As I said earlier, I understand why he didn’t want to do it, but it gives boxing fans unneeded suspicion, when all we want to see is the best get in the ring, and get it crackin’.
The one cat who definitely has to be looked at in this thing is Bob Arum, promoter extraordinaire and head man of Top Rank, Pac-Man’s team. The whole “deadline” he gave Mayweather was done with the impression that if Mayweather didn’t respond by the deadline, then he would look like a coward, thus making the non-fight his fault. Okay, whatever, but even with that, what does Arum offer the boxing world as an alternative? He offers us a chance to see Pacquiao take on Miguel Cotto (again) or Antonio Marga-cheato. Neither of these are fights that folks want to see, and for good reason.
Miguel Cotto has already gotten in the ring with Pacquiao and was pummeled into oblivion. Cotto's my dude and all, but one whooping is enough, and there’s nothing that shows as evidence that a second fight would be any different from the first one. As far as Marga-cheato goes, that clown isn’t even licensed to box right now, and after he cheated to beat Cotto, the last thing some folks want to see is him in a ring again, even if it’s to get his brains beat in by Pacquiao. Sure, Arum and his folks could probably sell these fights as legitimate, but there’s no way I’ll be participating in the façade. It’s going to take more than a Cotto rematch, or getting in the ring with Marga-cheato, for the viewing public to give a damn.
What happened to the days when the best boxers in the world simply got into the ring, and boxed it out? Has it always been this difficult, and I was just too young and naïve to know any better? Everyone involved is at fault for this malarkey, and it can be seen as another reason why boxing has gone to hell. There’s no reason this fight should not happen, and it's truly a damn shame that it won't.
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