Thursday, January 7, 2010

Mayweather is The Greatest Ducker of All-Time

Mayweather has finally done it – to show the world that his nothing but a coward who only fights opponents he knows he can beat. Many people expected that with all the potential money his fight with Pacquiao can generate, Mayweather would change his man and get it on with the Filipino boxing sensation. Money talks. Not this time however.

Am I surprised? Not one bit.

See, Mayweather has walked away from money before. Antonio Margarito, then known as the man to beat in the welterweight division and long before he was caught with illegal knuckle pads, casts so much fear in Mayweather that Floyd turned down a huge US$8 million payday to fight him. Hell, Floyd even stuttered when Margarito’s named is mentioned.

Am I disappointed? Yes, I am.

See, the Pacquiao fight was Floyd’s last chance to gain the respect of the whole boxing community and not just a loyal fraction of it. There lay in front of him was the opportunity to prove he is the best and in his own words, “win under any circumstances.”

But like he did when quality opposition is there to challenge him, he wiggles his way out. He is perceived as a great ducker (and rightfully so) when he refused to step into the ring with elite contenders like Shane Mosley, Margarito, Miguel Cotto, and Paul Williams. Mayweather sealed the coffin of his legacy by walking away from Pacquiao.

As for Pacquiao, his place in history has been secured and he does not need Mayweather to further cement that. The native of Gensan has taken on all the best there is, including the highly touted triumvirate of Marco Antonio Barrera, Erik Morales, and Juan Manuel Marquez. Like a juggernaut, Pacquiao rammed through the division in a devastating fashion, an act that shoots him into the breadth of Muhammad Ali, Jack Dempsey, and Sugar Ray Robinson.

Mayweather’s legacy has been tarnished so bad that not even the strongest bleach can erase that ugly spot. Despite that pristine “0”, history will condemn Mayweather’s actions and the consequences will be irreparable unless he mans up and fights Pacquiao.

Majority, if not all, of boxing fans will not want to see Mayweather fight Matthew Hatton. But British fans are so engrossed in supporting their hometown heroes that they will be more than willing to pay just to see Matty try to avenge his bog brother’s loss, even though the Brit’s chances of winning is slimmer than a needle. Truth is Matthe Hatton is a big and easy payoff for Mayweather. But it does not carry any weight when it comes to legacy.

In closing, I will just say this: MAYWEATHER IS A COWARD!


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