The Forgotten Mayweather
There’s Floyd Mayweather Jr. There’s Floyd Mayweather Sr. There’s Roger Mayweather. Who else is there? Of yes, of course, there’s Jeff Mayweather, also known as the quiet Mayweather, the other Mayweather, or the forgotten Mayweather.
Jeff Mayweather knows boxing, all the Mayweathers know boxing, but perhaps he knows less boxing than his better known and more vocal kin. But a Mayweather is a Mayweather is a Mayweather, and if any name has boxing magic, the name is Mayweather.
Given a platform on FightHype.com to air his views about this, that, and other thing, Jeff Mayweather also spoke about Manny Pacquiao’s loss to Juan Manuel Marquez and revealed that, name recognition aside, he knows no more about Pacman than the rest of us.
“Since the Margarito fight, Pacquiao has been on the decline,” he said. “You saw the decline in Pacquiao with the Bradley fight and with the third Marquez fight and the Shane Mosley fight. Every fight after that was nothing. It was nothing to even be excited about anymore. It’s one of those things where you can actually see it happening. Leading up to this fight, you can see it happening.”
For any Mayweather to talk about Pacquiao is an iffy proposition. Despite speculation, allegation, litigation, and all manner of doublespeak, it’s still not clear who spent years ducking who. We can dump responsibility for the megafight that never was on the laps of the promoters, but without proof it’s only guesswork.
“But just because Marquez had never even dropped Pacquiao leading up into this fight, you couldn’t prepare yourself for what was going to happen. But at the same time,” Jeff repeated, “the decline of Pacquiao has been evident. It’s shown itself three or four fights ago, it showed itself, and in my opinion this fight exposed him for what he really is now. He’s not the same fighter and he hasn’t been the same fighter for a long time.”
One wouldn’t expect Jeff Mayweather to speak ill of his nephew, but one could also say that Money May is “not the same fighter and hasn’t been the same fighter for a long time.” His legs are going, as evidenced by all the time he spent on the ropes against Miguel Cotto, and the less said about the fight with Victor Ortiz the better.
A fifth fight between Pacquiao and Marquez is probably inevitable. Given the conclusive nature of the fourth fight, not everyone is looking forward to watching them do it another time.
“There’s no point in it to me,” said Mayweather. “But at the same time it’s one of those situations where they can still make good money because of the history of their fights. They can still make good money. And maybe now they don’t want to take a risk of Pacquiao fighting anybody else that maybe can derail this series with Marquez and make him want to retire altogether. The most money on the table is going to be Marquez because nobody wanna see him fight Floyd anymore. The Pactards, or whatever they call themselves, PacManiacs, of course they gonna want him to fight Floyd if he got knocked out again and again. That’s how stupid they are. At the end of the day, the value of the fight is gone, so stop talking about what Pacquiao can do and Pacquiao this and that.”
There’s no mistaking Jeff Mayweather, when he lets himself go, from being other than a Mayweather. No matter how “stupid” the “Pactards” may be, even they recognize that an opportunity for the best to fight the best has been lost, and lost forever.