Even though it doesn’t look like a super-fight between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao will ever take place, many boxing fans are still keeping their fingers crossed. Former IBO light-welterweight champion Ricky Hatton is one of those fans, and he had a few things to say to both men in a recent interview.
“If you want to be the best then you fight the best,” Hatton said. “Those two should fight each other. I was never shy of wanting to fight the best and I refuse to believe that Pacquiao and Mayweather are avoiding each other. If they are, they are not the champions I thought they were. … They ought to fight each other now while they are at their prime. There’s no point in saying when they are 38, ‘We’ll get it on now.’ We want to see who is best while they are both at their best.”
When it comes to the failed negotiations between Mayweather and Pacquiao, both sides deserve some of the blame, but I do blame the Filipino congressman a little bit more.
Floyd Mayweather seemed genuinely intent of fighting Pacquiao a few years ago, but the issue of Olympic style drug testing quickly bought those negotiations to a halt. Pacquiao refused to accept Mayweather’s drug testing demands, claiming he had a phobia of needles amongst other things (ironically, Manny has multiple tattoos).
Manny Pacquiao eventually agreed to OSDT, but by then, Mayweather wasn’t really willing to play ball.
The latest round of negotiations between the two also ran into problems. When the entire boxing world thought Mayweather was about to begin a 90 day jail sentence, Pacquiao seemed eager to accept Mayweather’s challenge for a May 5 bout – even saying he would accept less money to make the fight happen. He quickly changed his tune when Floyd’s sentence was postponed; claiming a cut suffered against Juan Manuel Marquez in November would prevent him from fighting. His promoter Bob Arum also made a few excuses, saying the MGM Grand Garden Arena was too small a venue for such a fight.
Even though Mayweather has genuinely tried to secure a fight against Pacquiao, his decision to refuse a 50/50 split certainly didn’t help things. Matter of fact, it gave Pacquiao the perfect excuse to avoid the fight.
Boxingscene.com, “Hatton Urges Mayweather, Pacquiao To Do 50-50 Fight”
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