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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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  • flymike says:

    This fight will happen but not till next year. Floyd will not fight this man until he finds out what going to happenn to his uncle who is a more reliable ringman than his father. But the business man in floyd knows that he has to keep this matchup hot and keep the millions on the table still available. So if that means being more of a Villian than what he usually is he is willing to do it. We live in a country where out of sight out of mind is a mainstay. Plus white people want to see him lose and will pay big money to see him lose.He knows that but he isnt no rascist but he is a entertainer he does cross the line and this is a example of doing it. But he is making sure manny does beat his next opponent so that the maoney is still there maybe even more. Business is business and with this type of money its going get real nasty

  • Partially agree with flymike. The fight is going to happen, otherwise he wouldn’t open his mouth period. There is no pride or honor in this it’s about money. It’s easy to say pride, honor and all the other fluff, but we’re not in the ring. Give me a ridiculously high paycheck

    Although in playing the role of the villain he may have taken blacks down a notch. Because ignorance responds badly to ignorance. He knows the asian community backs pacman and hates his ass right now. And that’s a huge market. Piss them off and they’ll want to watch him get his ass beat. He should’ve found a way to do it where it didn’t make blacks look ignorant. People go from “f him” to “f his race” in a heartbeat.

  • Huna says:

    How can we ever believe that FLOYD would ever Fight Manny? Besides the points this author makes….Floyd AGGRESSIVELY avoided Margarito confiding to Al Haymon that his Agressive Pressure Style and unpenetrable chin and he always comes forward is bad for his style….Manny easily DESTROYED that Margarito….So Now FLoyd has yet ANOTHER reason to Avoid Manny…FLOYD will now hide behind his legal trials and use legal manuevering to drag out the legal troubles past 2011 so that the PUBLIC will once and for all stop demanding that he fight Manny….This will be successful too!

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