It isn’t uncommon for insults to be traded between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd “Money” Mayweather’s camps.
Sharing words of advice like Floyd Mayweather Sr. did during a recent appearance on The Ropes Boxing Radio is a bit rare though. If Pacquiao heeds his words, it just might lead to the super-fight boxing fans have demanded for years.
“Pacquiao, I think he should take that fight with my son and delete Bob Arum out of the situation and go for what he can go for, do the best he can do because right now he ain’t doing very good,” Mayweather Sr. said. “Oscar De La Hoya left Bob Arum, my son left Bob Arum, these were the biggest fighters in the world at the time they left Bob Arum, and they are some of the biggest fighters still today. If Pacquiao had any sense, I think he would jump on the same wagon and get rolling. Don’t get me wrong, by no means necessary, I don’t have no problems with Bob Arum. Bob Arum has been good to me at times when my son was working with him, but it is what it is.”
Mayweather Sr. has valid points considering how much Floyd and Oscar have been able to accomplish ever since they parted ways with Arum. De La Hoya enjoyed a decent reign as the biggest draw and earner in boxing following the split. He also founded Golden Boy Promotions and quickly turned it into one of the powerhouse entities in boxing, a feat no boxer prior to him can claim.
Floyd pretty much copied Oscar’s blueprint, forming Mayweather promotions and “The Money Team” brand. It turned out to be a smart move, propelling Money to some of the biggest purses in boxing history and the most recognizable brand in all sports today.
Instead of letting others decide their fate, these two took control of their destiny, playing the fighter and promoter roles, playing both exceptionally well.
Without a doubt, Floyd Mayweather and Oscar De La Hoya are full-blooded capitalists.
Then there’s Manny Pacquiao.
Unlike Mayweather and De La Hoya, Manny seems content with boxing’s status quo, despite the fact many others who have followed similar paths end up with little to show for all their years of blood and sweat inside the squared circle.
It a bit strange given the fact Manny has a cult-like following in his native Philippines, and a decent following around the globe, yet he refuses to take full advantage of that reality, relying on a host of intermediaries to take care of the business side of things.
That has likely cost him a fortune over the years.
More importantly, Manny’s loyalty to Arum has been one of the biggest obstacles in the path of a Mayweather vs. Pacquiao bout since Money has made it clear he has no intentions to work with Top Rank Promotion’s CEO in the future.
According to Forbes, Pacquiao’s inability to organize a super-fight with Floyd has already cost him over $100 million.
Pacquiao’s current contract will expire at the end of 2014, so it’ll be interesting to see if the Filipino congressman finally decides to branch out on his own.
Holding your breath until that happens isn’t recommended though, since Pacquiao seems comfortable with his current arrangement, perhaps a bit too comfortable for his own good.