Manny: No Mayweather, No Sweat

By Robert Ecksel on August 27, 2011
Manny: No Mayweather, No Sweat
Waiting is part of the fun—fun having replaced frustration, disappointment and annoyance


Everyone has been waiting forever for Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao to get it on. Waiting is part of the fun—fun having replaced frustration, disappointment and annoyance—yet the fight seems no closer to happening now than it did five years ago. So we have no choice but to rely on who speechifies best to determine who we believe is the best pound-for-pound fighter on the planet.

Some blame Mayweather for the fight that never happens, accusing him of acting like a virgin bride on her wedding night, putting off the inevitable, employing every stalling tactic known to man, bride and beast.

Other’s are convinced it’s Pacquiao’s fault, that he’s so juiced to the gills that any blood test, hair sample, or droplet of pee will reveal himself to be, if not an escapee from a bizarre experiment on the Island of Dr. Moreau, a doper of the first order.

Floyd offhandedly says “You’re next” to an absent Manny at a press conference with Victor Ortiz and everyone’s hopes soar. But then Roger says this, Floyd Sr. say that, and Bob Arum says the other thing. It’s as hard to keep track of as it is disheartening.

Pacquiao has said he believes he and Mayweather will fight next year, but it’s as much wishful thinking as anything grounded in fact. And now even Manny is backtracking. It was reported that he recently said, “I think the fight will push through. If he fights me I’m okay. I’m ready to fight him. If not, nothing to worry because I don’t really need him in my career.”

Pacquiao partisans and Mayweather partisans will never be satisfied or agree upon anything. They’re like the Hatfields and McCoys, or oil and water, or alpha and omega. Both camps are convinced their fighter is the greatest thing to have ever walked the earth, and the other guy’s a bum placing obstacle after obstacle on the path to what, in addition to being long overdue, ought to be inevitable. 

Personally, I doubt they’ll ever fight. I hope I’m wrong, and having been wrong more times than I can count can deal with that. But the sideshow aspect of the ongoing war of words is a poor substitute, the poorest of substitutes, for what should be a war of fists.

And as far as boxing needing this fight, it also not long ago needed Klitschko-Haye, and we know how that turned out.

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  1. Al 07:53am, 09/01/2011

    Hair samples was never requested. And am sure Pacquiao will comply unless he thinks he is Samson.

  2. Joe 01:12pm, 08/30/2011

    I sure hope they do it.  I’ll pay up to $79.99 for the pleasure.  I’ve got Lil Floyd.

  3. francis 08:44pm, 08/29/2011

    If Manny Pacquiao and Mayweather fight this is the best fight ever in boxing history.

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