Floyd! Do It!

By Marc Livitz on May 6, 2017
Floyd! Do It!
It may sound farfetched, but such actions would do more than just irritate De La Hoya.

Imagine Mayweather at the MGM Grand Garden Arena across the street from T-Mobile. Don’t put it past him…

People don’t amass $800 million without stepping on a few toes, breaking a few mirrors and even walking under a ladder or two. It may have been a whole day or two since Floyd Mayweather, Jr. was in the boxing sphere of boxing chatter and the upcoming hypothetical idea may seem ridiculous, but don’t put anything past the forty-year-old former champion. Recall, if you will, the evening of May 2, 2009. Even back then, which is now eight years ago, people were already clamoring for a match between Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao. Instead, Floyd opted for retirement after his December 2007 knockout win over Ricky Hatton. It was believed by many at the time that the sport would have Pacquiao in the driver’s seat for many years to come. Now, back to May 2009. Manny was warming up in the dressing room before his super lightweight championship clash with the aforementioned Hatton.

Not long before a sweeping left hook found Ricky’s chin and sent his marbles miles out into the boxing ether, the voice of Michael Buffer came over the loudspeakers at the MGM Grand Garden Arena to make an important announcement. “Ladies and gentlemen,” said Buffer. “He’s back! Floyd Mayweather, Jr. will return to the ring on September 19 to face Juan Manuel Marquez!” The words read aloud were met by a cascade of boos as well as colorful expletives. His choice to return was a welcome one to many, yet his choice of opponent as well as the timing of it was not. Of course, the years went by and the chips landed where they did and as we know them. Floyd eventually fought Manny, then Andre Berto a few months later. He’s said to have retired, again.

Picture this and try to laugh at the possibilities of a nightmare within a heavenly dream. It’s been reported that Oscar De La Hoya has reserved T-Mobile Arena for Saturday, September 16, 2017. Mexican Independence Day will fall on a Saturday this year and make no mistake. Should Canelo Alvarez defeat Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. on Saturday night, then expect no other viable statement from the victorious man from Guadalajara than a showdown with Gennady Golovkin being in the works.

Imagine that. The die is cast, finally and the ball gets rolling for anticipation to build over the next few months. Next, imagine Floyd Mayweather, Jr. finally caves to demand, pressure or most likely, the ransom of several monarchs and decides to fight MMA star Conor McGregor on September 16, 2017 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena across the street from T-Mobile. Don’t put it past him. What would that do to the boxing landscape and furthermore, how much would a basic hotel room in Las Vegas cost for that weekend? Sure, it may sound farfetched, but such actions would do more than just irritate De La Hoya to no end.

The wait begins. 

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  1. AkT 03:44am, 05/06/2017

    Hey Marc, You’re not trying to start anything here, are you? lol

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