Dec 7, 2012, 9:00 AM EDT
In Greek mythology Sisyphus was a king who was forced by the gods to roll a boulder up a hill, only to watch it roll back down, and to repeat this action forever. Today we have a similar scenario in which boxing fans are forced to watch endless fights between Juan Manuel Marquez and Manny Pacquiao.
On Saturday we’ll have, what, fight No. 4 between them? I think Batman and The Joker have met fewer times. Anyway it’s all a big distraction from what the boxing public really wants … topless ring girls. No wait, that’s not it. A fight between Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. is what I meant to say.
In his never-ending quest to run interference for his guy and put the blame for the non-event squarely in Mayweather’s camp, promoter Bob Arum has revealed that Mayweather had a $100,000 million offer, and a 55-45 split, to fight Pacquiao, and turned it down. We have no way of knowing if this is actually true. But Arum makes it sound legit, and even gives a compelling reason why Mayweather will never take the fight.
“We had an offer, a legitimate offer on the table for 180 million dollars and people due to fight and had a big upside of 180 for the two fight camps. That’s when he said 55-45 which would’ve given Mayweather 100 million. (Pacquiao) would’ve ended up with 80 million and that’s still a lot of money right? But Mayweather will not fight him.”
Arum says he knows why, and it’s a reason that hasn’t really gotten a lot of play in media.
“Now why am I saying that? I’m not saying it to be, I know the guy and I know what his problem is, Mayweather, because we had him for 10-and-a-half years and his problem was he hated, he never wanted to face a southpaw and a southpaw that can move and punch with his left hand makes Mayweather completely vulnerable. All you have to do was watch him in the (DeMarcus) Corley fight where he didn’t realize Corley was one when he made the fight. Corley shook him up and had him in trouble.
“Why? Because Mayweather is a sensational defensive fighter but that’s against an orthodox guy. If he goes against a southpaw he opens himself up. You saw that happen in the Cotto fight because Cotto is a right handed fighter but he’s really a southpaw that’s converted and Cotto hurt him because he doesn’t have a good defense to the left hand.”
It’s my contention that the Pacquiao-Mayweather concept is way past its prime, and an actual fight between the two at this point would be somewhat of a letdown. I would have loved to see this fight three years ago, but now they’d both need to enter the ring on mobility scooters. I still wouldn’t mind seeing it happen though, if only to watch the pre-fight media explosion.
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