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Floyd Mayweather Jr. – The Unwilling Pugilist

Written By: Rex Solano - Jan• 29•15

In one of the Aesop’s fable story, I read about a shepherd boy who was sitting on the hillside watching a flock of sheep, when out of amusement and curiosity he devised a trickery scheme by yelling wolf. Villagers came to his rescue only to find out that there was no wolf. When the wolf actually appeared, he yelled wolf again, this time so loud only to be ignored by the villagers. The following morning, the villagers discovered that the shepherd boy was indeed telling the truth as dead bodies of the sheep scattered on the hilltop. One of the villagers gave the shepherd boy advice “never tell a lie. Nobody believes a liar even when he is telling the truth.”

Now if we have to ascribe and learn anything in relation to the story about the boy crying wolf, a boxer by the name of Floyd Mayweather, Jr. would perfectly fit in that story as well. However, I will not call him a liar just yet. Only his demeanor and behavior, at times so loquacious and arrogant are doubtfully hard to fathom and understand. He taunted and teased Manny Pacquiao so many times about the mega fight that was supposed to happen- only to renege or back down to his unfulfilled promised like challenging Manny Pacquiao to fight on May 2, leaving all the boxing followers frustrated and in a chagrined mood. What made Floyd Mayweather, Jr. so elusive by avoiding fighting Manny Pacquiao is beyond any comprehensible reason that sometimes it behooves me to ever think if any fight will one day come to fruition. For all the boxing fans throughout the world, to dream and to hope of any fight happening in the future is nothing but a kiss in the wind.

Floyd Mayweather, Jr. is a good fighter, so good that he will not command a very impressive wins of 47-0, 26 by knockout if boxing fans thinks he is not deserving of such accomplishments. Maybe, yes maybe that is one of the reasons why Floyd Mayweather, Jr. is always avoiding fighting Pacquiao because Mayweather, Jr. continues to preserve that strings of 47 wins, undefeated in all his fights, so that he will be immortalized and his name to be chronicled in the history of boxing as the greatest. Whether Floyd Mayweather, Jr. is a smart fighter or a plain coward, so afraid to absorb defeat at the hands of Manny Pacquiao has now become a swan song to regrettably forget. His father Mayweather, Sr. had brazenly admitted by dangling a repulsive warning to his son Floyd Jr. that he has no chance to beat a southpaw opponent like Manny Pacquiao. His father must have been a good boxing analyst as he seems to know Floyd Junior’s vulnerable weakness. Even Floyd Jr.’s uncle Roger Mayweather had told Floyd Jr. that Manny Pacquiao is like a “bullet proof” boxer in the ring and went as far as comparing Manny to being like an exterminator that would destroy him if ever their path would cross in the ring. The most telling blows that would have derided and ridiculed Floyd Mayweather Junior’s boxing reputation is the comment made by Top Rank promoter Bob Arum himself calling Mayweather ” Chicken.” That Mr. Arum in believing so must have instilled fear and cowardice right through the heart of Floyd Jr. that to avoid any encounter in the ring with Manny Pacquiao is to preserve his long time legacy of having an unblemished boxing records, untarnished and undefeated.

We all know the fact that money is not a problem here or even any contractual disagreement. Promoters are willing to offer him 120 million or even 200 million as long as Mayweather Jr. gives a go signal that he is ready to rumble with Pacquiao. All that the promoters are waiting for is Floyd Junior’s signature to the point as it appeared now that even a pen has its ink runs dry. But as a World Boxing Council and World Boxing Association Welterweight Champion, Mayweather Jr. has the responsibility and obligation to defend his title and yet Floyd Mayweather, Jr. is so adamant to make this happen. If Floyd, Jr. keeps on making excuses and avoiding fighting Manny Pacquiao, I dread the time will come that there will be no fight happening between this two good fighters. What Mayweather, Jr. is doing in the eyes of his boxing fans, is demeaning the moral values and the turpitude of the boxing world. As it stands now and in so many occasions, Floyd Jr. breaks the true spirit of the boxing fans and destroyed the integrity as well. If Floyd Jr. keeps on refusing to fight Manny Pacquiao, the respect and admiration that boxing fans plausibly bestowed on him will soon diminish losing all the luster and glory of his brilliant boxing career. I just cannot ascertain and grasp his rational intention by displaying his unsportsmanlike behavior and peddling his unselfish motives for the boxing fans to adjudicate on his personality. Floyd Mayweather, Jr. has all the chances to prove the boxing world that he can easily beat Manny Pacquiao but he turns his back at this opportunity and he keeps on crying wolf, though at times he is telling the truth but no one will even believe him now.

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