For over a year now, Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. have turned shirking responsibility, deceiving the public and talking in circles into an art form. Instead of trying to one-up each other in the ring -- like boxers of their ilk would have done 40 years ago -- these two prima donnas have resorted to fighting like reality show divas – through the media.
On Monday, Boxing Scene reported that Floyd Mayweather Sr. -- a professional headline-monger in his own right -- explicitly stated that his son would fight Pacquiao if the latter agreed to a drug test.
"If Pacquiao says that he's going to take the test then Floyd will fight him. All he has to do is take the test," the elder Mayweather said.
The problem with this, of course, is that Pacquiao has allegedly already agreed to the testing guidelines that Mayweather’s camp set forth months ago. Top Rank head honcho Bob Arum came out and publicly admonished Mayweather and his people for refusing to fight, saying his most prized client already agreed to the drug tests demanded. This is a matter of public record.
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So if the Mayweather clan says that Pacquiao has yet to agree to the drug test requirements, and Pacquiao’s camp says that they have already agreed to said requirements, then obviously, one party is lying.
Who is lying? Well, that’s for the general public to figure out. Arum, as sleazy a boxing promoter as ever existed in the industry, once famously said, “Yesterday I was lying, today I am telling the truth.” Mayweather, on the other hand, has essentially made a second career out of getting into an assortment of legal jams and is hardly a shining example of truth and honesty himself.
Both men, by passing the blame around, are simply misleading the public in a very deceitful and manipulative way. If the problem is drug testing, then this should be admitted and worked out. If the problem is a money-split, then this too should copped to, and sorted out accordingly.
Enough with these ridiculous PR games, though.
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At this point, Pacquiao and Mayweather are simply reaffirming to the public what many began to suspect a long time ago: neither one cares about his fans, neither one cares about his legacy, and both will continue to toy with public sentiment so long as the fans continue to line their pockets with pay-per-view dough.