Sunday, September 18, 2011

Good or bad Publicity, it is still publicity.

Good or bad Publicity, it is still publicity.

Floyd Mayweather won a bizarre knockout last night, a lot of fans, writers and bloggers have the same feeling, although technically, what he has done was not illegal but totally unsportsmanlike. He is used to this bad publicity, trash talking just anybody, he never respects anyone, not even HBO analyst Larry Merchant, who yelled "I wish I was 50 years younger and I would kick your [butt]." after interviewing the foulmouthed Gayweather (Sorry about that Floyd!).

Anyway please read the following article from

Floyd Mayweather fight controversy adds to his tarnished legacy

Congratulations, Floyd Mayweather.

You are now the most despised athlete on the planet, non- O.J. division.

The Juice is in a category all by himself — a presumed wife-killer who beat the system only to have the gods dish out cosmic payback after Simpson was charged with various unrelated felonies and sentenced to 33 years in prison. The next time we'll see him is when HBO brings back the Oz series.

Mayweather is very much alive, active and annoying, sullying his legacy as one of the greatest fighters of our generation.

His latest classless missteps came late Saturday night with a one-two punch. First, he cold-cocked Victor Ortiz in the closing seconds of the fourth round of their welterweight championship fight while Ortiz was apologizing for an intentional head butt.

Yes, what Ortiz did was idiotic — first the head butt and then letting his guard down while referee Joe Cortez had his back turned toward the fighters. But what Mayweather did — perfectly legit under strict interpretation of the rules — was a punk move.

But he was just getting started.

Mayweather then went after HBO analyst Larry Merchant in a post-fight interview, spewing profanities before Merchant grew tired of it and yelled, "I wish I was 50 years younger and I would kick your [butt]."

It seems everybody wants a piece of Mayweather these days, especially fight fans who went ballistic after spending $59.95 in pay-per-view bucks for this nonsense.

But the guy who most wants a shot at Mayweather is
Manny Pacquiao
, an eight-division world champion who has watched Mayweather dodge, duck and weave out of the biggest fight in boxing history.

Mayweather wants no part of it. His demands that Pacquiao undergo unprecedented extensive blood-testing are his convenient smokescreen. In the macho-man world of professional boxing, Mayweather is the ultimate coward. Perhaps he simply wants a tune-up fight against Larry Merchant before meeting Pacquiao. At 80, Merchant would come in as a 2-1 underdog.

Mayweather's 42-0 record becomes irrelevant if he ducks Pacquiao. How can you say you are the best of all-time if you refuse to face the one fighter who can match your brilliance? Give Mayweather credit for this: He is an extremely talented man with an eccentric but brilliant work ethic. He has been known to round up his training partners after midnight for an after-hours workout session.

His defense and speed are impeccable. A matchup against Pac Man would be a classic contest between one of the best defensive specialists in boxing history and one of the most vaunted power-punchers in his division.

But instead of fighting Pac Man, Mayweather wants to spar with an Old Man at ringside.

Mayweather seems to relish his role as the most despised athlete in the world. His personal life is one dysfunctional mess. There are crazy dynamics between Floyd, his father and his uncle, coupled with Floyd's history of domestic violence. He has the court papers to prove it.

As he burns $100 bills in nightclubs just because he can, Mayweather fails to see that he is torching his own legacy.

Boxing, for all its craziness, has a history as a gentlemen's game. Mayweather has deemed himself the sacrilegious antichrist, having little respect for anyone else.

He's been labeled a jerk, a clown, a coward. I think of him as an everyday classless punk who would be hustling the streets if not for his marvelous boxing talents.

Much like everybody else — except the sycophants who still play kissy-poo with Mayweather — I have a visceral reaction every time I see his face.

Forget any journalistic pretense: I want to see Pac Man hammer him for 12 rounds. I want a methodical beatdown. I want him to wipe the smile off the Classless Clown's face.

I doubt Mayweather cares about any of this.

The most despised athlete in the world welcomes all the people who hop on the bandwagon of hate.

Right now, I'd say it's standing room only.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Roach on Pacquiao-Mayweather: “It’s going to happen”

Boxing fans who have been salivating for megafight matchup between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. will finally be able to stop their clamoring.

"Yeah, it's going to happen," said Pacquiao coach Freddie Roach in an interview at Sports Radio 790 The Zone, an ESPN affiliate radio station. He also confirmed "they are willing to meet halfway and will definitely make the blood test after the fight."

Roach has yet to announce when the fight is going to happen. "I just talked to Bob Arum and he is flying to the Philippines the soonest possible time to make Manny the offer and we are trying to make this work as best as we can."

The megafight between the two boxers who both claimed to be the Best "Pound For Pound" Boxer was supposed to take place last March 13.

However, negotiations failed because Mayweather's camp insisted that Pacquiao undergo pre-fight drug and blood testing outside of the Las Vegas boxing commission's schedule. Pacquiao's camp refused to have Mayweather arbitrarily dictate the testing dates.

Instead of a Pacquaio-Mayweather matchup the Pacman fought Ghanian boxer Joshua Clottey on March 13, and Mayweather went on to fight – and defeat – Shane Mosley on May 1.

In a response quoted at, Pacquiao said: "I do not want anyone having an unfair advantage where someone may get hurt. I am willing to do my part to help this sport out." The boxer is currently in the final days of his congressional campaign.

Roach believes Pacquiao would definitely finish off Mayweather. "If Pacquiao catches [Mayweather], he will finish him," said Roach, who assured that he will come up with a perfect game plan.

But the coach is not underestimating Mayweather. "One thing about Mayweather," Roach said a report, "he is very good at what he does. He's very clever. He sees well."

By Izah Morales, Yahoo! Southeast Asia Thursday May 6, 2010 12:13 pm PHT

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Pacquiao a one-dimensional amateur - Floyd Jr.

By: bac Cordero (The Philippine Star)
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Floyd Mayweather Jr.: “I think Pacquiao gave the fans a boring fight..."

HOLLYWOOD – Floyd Mayweather Jr. was probably sitting comfortably in his Las Vegas mansion watching Manny Pacquiao battle – or, to put it better, batter – Joshua Clottey for 12 rounds last Saturday in Dallas.

Mayweather liked what he saw in the sense that Pacquiao, according to the ex-pound-for-pound champion, was exposed on that cold night as being a “one-dimensional fighter” who he also described as “an amateur.”

In an article that just came out of, Mayweather, hot on a comeback trail and out to regain the lofty title he once held, mentioned things that might soon force Pacquiao to fight him under any condition.

“Personally, I think Pacquiao got exposed in that fight for being one-dimensional,” he said.

“You can have all (the) offense ability in the world but with no defense you’re not going to last long against a good counter puncher such as myself. Look at the way Clottey was getting through, each time he threw something it landed.”

He may be right that Clottey, despite spending most of the time covering up, did land some beautiful punches that caught Pacquiao and his trainer Freddie Roach by surprise, and that the Ghanaian would have done better if only he threw more punches.

Mayweather said despite the low volume of punches Pacquiao took from Clottey, the 31-year-old Filipino welterweight champion walked out of the Cowboys Stadium bearing signs of a tough fight, with some swelling and welts under his right eye.

“Then at the end Pacquiao was all busted up. When’s the last time you’ve seen my face all messed up like that? That’s the difference between an amateur and a true pound-for-pound boxer,” he said.

“I think Pacquiao gave the fans a boring fight. He was punching his arms for all 12 rounds. At least when you watch Floyd Mayweather you know you’ll be seeing non-stop action for 30 minutes straight and that’s what you’ll see on May 1st,” the undefeated fighter said.

Mayweather said the 51,000 fans who came to watch “The Event” in Dallas will see the difference when he gets to face World Boxing Association welterweight champion Shane Mosley on May 1 at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas.

He said the people will have to judge for themselves.

“The attendance numbers ain’t nothing compared to what I have drawn in the past or what I would have drawn if that was me in the ring that night, everybody knows that. Half those seats were empty in the back and people say Pacquiao is a draw?”

Mayweather, despite a long layoff which he ended with a knockout win over Juan Manuel Marquez last September, now considers himself as the biggest draw, and will again prove that once he gets into the ring with Pacquiao.

The fight almost happened but disagreements over the conduct of drug testing derailed the fight that the whole world wants to see. Sooner or later tough, it should happen simply because it’s too big to be ignored and shelved.

“Let’s not forget who generated a revenue of $2.5 million in one fight alone. The only reason why he’s popular is because he’s an ethnic minority and from the Philippines so it’s something special. If he was from Africa he would be just another boxer,” he said.

Mayweather also justified his demand for Olympic-style drug-testing.

“The thing is I am just looking out for the good of the sport, everyone should compete on a fair level but he (Pacquiao) doesn’t want that. I’m not going to say what he is or isn’t on but lets just say that HGH is one hell of a drug. All roads lead to Floyd Mayweather, we all know that,” he said.

“If he wants to fight me, he doesn’t have to look far. Just look for the biggest mansion in Vegas and that’s me. The matter of the fact is I put the offer on the table. Once I get Mosley out of the way then we’ll see what Pacquiao has to say. Until then I don’t want to hear about him.”

When everything has been said and done, Mayweather has no choice but to beat Mosley - if he can. And then he can call out Pacquiao’s name.

And the fight might just take place.

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Arum to Mayweather: Goodbye

By Abac Cordero(The Philippine Star Newspaper)
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Manny Pacquiao, Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Bob Arum

MANILA, Philippines - On Christmas Eve, Bob Arum closed the door on Floyd Mayweather Jr. and opened new ones for Paul Malignaggi and practically anyone else drooling for a fight with Manny Pacquiao.

“Life goes on. We’re not going to let Manny get pushed around by Floyd. Floyd wants to play his games, let him play,” the Top Rank chief told USA Today Thursday, the day before Christmas.

“This all has to do with Mayweather being Mayweather. He never wanted to fight Manny. He wanted a way out. Well, he’s got his way out. Goodbye,” said Arum, adding he’s not about to lose sleep over the matter. Arum, who represents Pacquiao, and Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer, for Mayweather, took very little time to get the negotiations going for what should have been a historic fight on March 13. But because of certain issues regarding the blood testing, the fight came to a screeching halt and again, unless Mayweather sees the light shining on a $25 million paycheck, Arum is looking elsewhere.Mayweather wanted an Olympic-style drug testing by the US Anti-Doping Agency, one that may require as many as five blood test and a dozen urine tests, in the months, weeks or a day before and after the fight.

But Pacquiao would have none of it. He has agreed to do three blood tests, on the first week of January, the month before the fight and right after the fight, under the same agency that does the NBA or the NFL. But Mayweather would have none of it.

Pacquiao said it’s Mayweather’s way of running out of the fight.

Now, Arum is looking at Malignaggi as Pacquiao’s next opponent. It could happen on March 13, anywhere in the world, or past the May 2010 elections in the Philippines where Pacquiao is seeking a congressional seat.

There’s also Tim Bradley who wants a fight with Pacquiao, with or without the blood tests, or Yuri Foreman, Juan Manuel Marquez or Edwin Valero.

And Shane Mosley, too, if he beats Andre Berto on Jan. 30.

Whoever it may be, Arum said it’s going to be a big one.

Mayweather can go to England, face Matthew Hatton, earn a few millions and keep his unbeaten record without being touched at all, boxing sources said.

For the meantime, Pacquiao spent Christmas with his family in Gen. Santos City, and should be on the Flight to the United States the first week of January, not for the Mayweather press tour, but a family vacation.

Malignaggi, under Lou DiBella, is a fighter, lasting the distance with Miguel Cotto in 2006 then losing to Ricky Hatton before bouncing back with a victory over Juan Diaz. Now, his next fight could be against Pacquiao.

“Manny would absolutely love to fight Mosley. Shane is a super, super young man. We’re not going to start all this crazy nonsense with drug testing given Shane’s background with that unfortunate incident,” Arum told USA Today.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Pacquiao-Cotto pay-per-view buys to reach 2 million?

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Manny Pacquiao’s historic win over Miguel Cotto could also post record number of buys in pay-per-view. AP

MANILA, Philippines - The recent welterweight megafight between Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao and Puerto Rican WBO champion Miguel Cotto is expected to generate close to 2 million pay-per-view buys.

“They’re very good,” said Top Rank promoter Bob Arum in an interview with, referring to the PPV figures. “Yeah, it’s well over one million but I really don’t know. It will be somewhere north of one million.”

Rey Colón of the “El Vocero” of Puerto Rico reported that the fight, which Pacquiao won via a convincing 12th round TKO, made approximately two million pay-per-view buys generating at least $120 million in revenues.

No word on what Pacquiao´s cut will be but Cotto was mentioned to be making at least $10 million. (Related story on Page 21)

Pacquiao had a guaranteed purse of $13 million in the Cotto fight.Arum has earlier indicated that he had “pretty much the final numbers” for Puerto Rico alone which he said “set a record” by surpassing the previous record of 80,000 for the Felix “Tito” Trinidad-Oscar De La Hoya fight.

He also guessed that the Pacquiao-Cotto duel, billed as Firepower and which drew 16,200 fans at the MGM Grand Arena, did a little bit more than 110,000, adding that the fight would do around 1.3 million although he said there were no numbers from New York, Pennsylvania and California, which are big points.

In an interview with, Arum, however, said that he had the figures for San Diego and Hawaii “which were good numbers.”

Arum recalled that the Pacquiao-De La Hoya fight last year did 1.25 million buys and in the East “so far we are doing 40 percent better and in the West we are doing about 10 percent less.”

Arum also said that “we are happy because we did well over a million homes and I think it will be closer to 1.5 million.”

There were keen interests on the number of PPV buys for the Pacquiao-Cotto fight since this will weigh heavily on the negotiations for the potential blockbuster fight between Pacquiao against the unbeaten Mayweather.

For one, Arum said he would wait for the final result of the PPV before making a move to negotiate with the Golden Boy Promotions, which handles Mayweather.

Even Mayweather Jr., who the world wants to be Pacquiao’s next opponent, has admitted that the Pacquiao-Cotto fight should do more buys than his bout with Juan Manuel Marquez which posted 1.1 million.

“I’ve done over a million homes by myself. Now we got Pacquiao and Cotto, two guys who have a pretty cool fan base, so if they do more homes than Mayweather, more power to them, but they supposed to. I don’t have no dance partner,” said Mayweather Jr. in an interview with Sky Sports. – Dante Navarro

From: Philippine Star Newspaper

(The Philippine Star) Updated November 19, 2009 12:00 AM

Will Floyd Mayweathered JR join Pacmans collection?

Clamor mounts for Pacquiao vs Mayweather

HOLLYWOOD – There’s only one fight to be made, and it’s the fight the whole world wants to see.

That’s Manny Pacquiao vs Floyd Mayweather Jr. Nothing else.

More than 24 hours after turning Miguel Cotto’s face into a bloody Halloween mask, the 30-year-old Filipino megastar ruled out a third fight with Juan Manuel Marquez, and that leaves him with probably no other option but to face Mayweather next.

It’s the fight that people have started talking about way ahead of last Satuday’s Pacquio-Cotto blockbuster, and in the days, weeks or months to come, how to put up the fight that should break all existing records will remain the big question.

Meanwhile, in an interview with CNN late last night, Mayweather said he is ready to make the big money fight with Pacquiao, saying “if he wants to fight all he has to do is step up to the plate”.

During last September’s press tour for Pacquiao and Cotto, the Filipino boxer, who just won an unprecedented seventh world crown in seven different weight divisions, said if he and Mayweather win their respective fights, which they both did, then it should be a go.

Pacquiao said if it happens, he could get around $25 in guaranteed purse. For the Cotto fight, he got $12 million, but may end up with close to $20 million once everything comes in. A fight with Mayweather will dwarf all his previous earnings for a single fight.

Mayweather beat Marquez last September, and Pacquiao stopped Cotto late in the 12th and final round the other night in Las Vegas. If this fight happens, these two pound-for-pound champions can fill any arena even if the fight is held in Antarctica.

“If it’s Marquez, no one’s gonna come to watch the fight,” said Pacquiao in the middle of a five-hour trip from Las Vegas to Los Angeles. He and his entourage of more than 50 people were back in the City of Angels past midnight of Sunday.

Pacquiao did not elaborate on the possibility of making the fight against Mayweather, but in last Saturday’s post-fight press conference said it should be all up to his promoter, Bob Arum, and those representing the flamboyant American, whoever they are.

Up to now, many believe that a Pacquiao-Mayweather fight won’t happpen because of one huge problem, and that’s how they would split the purse. Mayweather wants the bigger share, and Pacquiao wants nothing less either.

Arum said not even a 50-50 split would be fair for Pacquiao, regarded as the greatest boxer in the planet today, and one that can generate all the attention whoever he faces, wherever the fight is held.

Or Mayweather, the only undefeated superstar in boxing today, can dodge the fight by asking for the moon, and face lesser opponents, make millions just the same and preserve his clean slate.

“I think he doesn’t want to fight me,” said Pacquiao.

But in boxing, money talks. And in the end, everybody will listen.

“There’s so much money on the table they should be able to figure things out,” said the great trainer, and boxing analyst Emmanuel Steward after Pacquiao’s sensational and historic win over Cotto.

“This is what the public wants to happen,” he added.

The Pacquiao-Cotto 12-rounder should exceed the one million pay-per-view buys of the Mayweather-Marquez. And if Pacquiao vs Mayweather becomes a reality, then the giant cable network can look at something that could break the all-time record of 2.5 buys for the Mayweather vs Dela Hoya.

The New York Times has started drumming up a Pacquiao-Mayweather showdown, and even suggested that the fight be held at the New Yankee Stadium as early as May.

But it may not be a good date because Pacquiao is running for elections on the same month back home. One more thing, Arum said Pacquiao may never get to fight in New York because of tax matters.

The Times’ Greg Bishop talked to Ross Greenburg and quoted the president of HBO Sports as saying, “I get chills just thinking about it. The reality is there’s only one fight to be made. We’ve waited a long time to get one of this magnitude.”

Top Rank’s matchmaker, Bruce Trampler, said, “No matter who Manny fights right now, he’s going to draw a big crowd. That’s the difference between these guys. Floyd needs a Manny. He needs a De La Hoya, a Hatton. And that’s no disrespect to Floyd. But one guy is an attraction and the other is a good draw.”

By Abac Cordero (The Philippine Star) Updated November 17, 2009 12:00 AM