Floyd Mayweather Jr. will fight Robert Guerrero on Saturday night. This is a fight that has been a long time in the making, and one that came surprisingly close to not materializing. Despite the fact that this bout is interesting enough stylistically to not warrant all of the extra promotion and hoopla that goes into marketing these things, everyone involved is doing their damndest to sell it anyway.
Both Mayweather and Guerrero have been doing non-stop appearances, CBS/Showtime has been pushing it to no end and commercials for the event make it seem like it’s the second coming of Ali-Frazier.
Recently, in preparation for the fight, Mayweather sat down with ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith to discuss all things boxing. As you would expect, the conversation quickly turned to the one thing that Mayweather will always be associated with by mainstream fans – a super fight with Manny Pacquiao.
Once again, as he has done numerous times in the past, Mayweather insisted that he tried to make the match happen.
“I called Manny Pacquiao, myself, on the phone, and offered him $40 million,” Mayweather said. “This is before the Marquez fight. Offered him $40 million. I told him I would wire you $20 million within 48 hours. He told me ‘I want 50/50,’ and got off the phone.”
For what it’s worth: Pacquiao later agreed to take less than 50/50. But it’s impossible to know what specific time period is being referenced here.
“I’m not scared of no fighter, and I feel that, where was this guy at when I was dominating the sport of boxing in ’98, ’99, in ’96,” he continued. “This guy was never heard of. This guy just popped up out of nowhere, walking through the biggest and the strongest fighters, and this guy come from 105. Are you serious?”
Mayweather was making the standard points he always makes in all Pacquiao-related discussions, but the fact that he’s still so emotional about it says something. It says that there is still hope for a bout between him and his Filipino counterpart. No, it wouldn’t be as great – but it’d still be interesting.
If Pacquiao gets past Mike Alvarado or Brandon Rios, and when Mayweather gets past Guerrero, this is a match that should receive some serious consideration. It still makes a lot of financial sense, and unlike Mayweather’s proposed showdowns against Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez, Amir Khan and Devon Alexander – it isn’t time sensitive.