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Floyd Mayweather: Put Up Or Shut Up

Submitted by on September 4, 2010 – 1:20 pm6 Comments
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As we all know by now, Floyd Mayweather has had two opportunities to fight Mr. Manny Pacquiao. Both times, terms of the deal have never been agreed upon and finalized. Amidst accusations of performance-enhancing drug use and disputes over the scheduling of blood tests, neither fighter has backed down (at least in public) from the actual brawl.

The saga continues, this time with a video brought to us by Pretty Boy Floyd himself, as he says he is ready to come back and fight Pacquiao (or is he?). He proceeds to levy a barrage of racist and homophobic slurs against him, and once again claims Manny (who’s ‘real name’ is Emmanuel as Mayweather brings out) is on that stuff.

First of all, opponent or not, what’s said in this video goes beyond the scope of respectful competition all the way to conduct unbecoming of an adult male. The racist remarks are certainly uncalled for, as are the slurs questioning Pacquiao’s sexuality. Athletes have to learn disrespecting and attempting to denigrate their opponents actually speaks volumes about their own abilities and cheapen their own victories and competitive legacies.

If you can’t genuinely acknowledge an opponent’s skill and ability, where’s the honor in your victory? The saying goes “to be the best, you must beat the best.” Conversely, if you’re not beating and competing against the best, you are not even in the conversation with the greats.

In this particular case, Mayweather must also realize that if he continues to taunt Pacquiao with no payoff, he’s entangling their legacies forever and creating a historical link to a person he has obvious disdain for. Every time Floyd’s name is brought up, anyone who knows about the sweet science will have to bring up Pacman, sort of like Joe Louis and Rocky Marciano.

This guy has gone from nearly coming to blows with Rick Ross to sitting ringside with Don King, but still doesn’t seem any closer to a superfight with Pac-Man.

By the way, did anyone else notice that he goes back and forth between saying he’ll fight Pacquiao after vacation and saying that he doesn’t know if he will fight again? The fans are extremely tired of waiting for what seems to be the pro sports version of Dr. Dre‘s Detox.

After all, there is no need for a video whatsoever. If Mayweather is so much better than Pacquiao (and has the emotional content to fight him, which the video suggests he does), he should just iron out the details and fight the guy.There’s plenty of time to trade insults with him at the weigh-in.

Mayweather needs to realize what happened to the last boxer who hurled homophobic slurs at his opponent. The slur was used by Benny Paret against Emile Griffith before a championship fight back in 1962. Paret never regained consciousness after that fight, and died ten days later. Boxing would not be aired again on television until the next decade. Floyd needs to watch his mouth and let the gloves do the talking.

Seriously, it’s one thing to fight for money. It’s a totally different thing to fight over manhood and personal honor. “Death before dishonor” is more than a t-shirt slogan for those who step in the squared circle.

When it all boils down, Mayweather is backing himself into a corner by continuously taunting the man everyone wants to see him fight. If after all the hoopla he still refuses to get into the ring and put his money where his mouth is, we’ll all know the truth: Pretty Boy Floyd is afraid of Pac-Man.

Let it be known we don’t want to see any more videos or hear any more trash talking.

What we want is the fight of our generation, and we’ll settle for nothing less.

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