Sometimes, it seems like Manny Pacquiao just doesn’t get it.
For years, he’s professed his desire to fight Floyd “Money” Mayweather, but he’s never been truly committed to organizing the elusive, highly-anticipated super-fight boxing fans have dreamed about for years.
The most recent round of negotiations between the two rivals — if you can even call it that — was another round of empty talk from Pacquiao’s camp. They indicated their desire to fight Floyd, but even after Money made it clear that he has no plans to ever work with Pacquiao’s promoter, Bob Arum, the Filipino congressman seems to be content politicking, trying to convince the boxing community that Mayweather is, once again, responsible for the failed parley.
“Let’s forget about it for the meantime. For the last four years, negotiations for the fight have been on and off and nothing had come out,” Pacquiao explained during an interview on the ‘SCOOP Sa Kamayan On Air radio program,’ per FightHype.com. “He’s been asking for so many conditions which we have expressed intentions to abide by, like drug testing, purse split and everything. Now he wants me to separate myself from my promoter which I cannot possibly do without violating my contract.”
It’s a strategy Manny has used multiple times in the past even though anyone who has observed Money over the years knows public opinion isn’t going to goad Mayweather into action.
Yet, he still tried.
“He really looks like he does not want to fight me, so I think there’s nothing we can do about it already,” Pacquiao added. “Rather than a dog running with its tail wrapped between his legs in utter show of fear, at least I look for more fights; I don’t run away from them.”
That’s coming from the same guy who brought their first round of negotiations to an end when he refused to submit to Olympic style drug testing, a guy whose handler, Arum, used a cut as an excuse to avoid a May 2012 showdown with Mayweather, then later claimed the MGM Grand wasn’t big enough for the highly-anticipated super-fight.
There’s only way to make the super-fight happen, hardcore boxing fans know this already, and that is for Manny to accept all of Floyd’s demands without question.
Once upon a time, Pacquiao (55-5-2, 38 KOs) was in a position to posture during negotiations with Mayweather (45-0-0, 26 KOs), but that is no longer the case for the Filipino statesman who went 0-2 in 2012. Regardless of Pacquiao’s past accomplishments, Mayweather has significantly increased the gap between the two rivals over the past few years, so at this point in his career; Pacquiao is in the same boat as any other boxer hoping to cash in on the Floyd Mayweather sweepstakes.
If Pacquiao is truly serious about giving boxing fans the highly anticipated bout, he’ll need to get in line with others like Amir Khan and Marcos Maidana.
That’s how the Floyd Mayweather sweepstakes goes folks. You say yes to all of Money’s demands, then you train as hard as you can, hoping to be the first to solve the most complicated puzzle in boxing’s history. Failure is virtually guaranteed, but you’ll at least get to walk away with the biggest payday of your life.
Given Manny’s tax problems in his native Philippines and the United States, it’ll be in his best interest to break away from Top Rank when his current contract expires at the end of 2014, and for the first time in his career, legitimately seek out a super-fight against Mayweather.