Pacquiao is back.
In his victory over Timothy Bradley on Saturday, Pacman displayed all the traits his fans came to love over the years but haven’t seen quite as much of lately. The aggression, footwork, and quick hands that made him one of the top fighters in the world over the last decade were all on display.
In reclaiming his WBO welterweight title, Pacquiao positions himself once again as the top contender to fight Floyd Mayweather Jr. But will actually happen? That’s been the question for years now.
Pacquiao told the media he’s good for at least three more fights and will fight anyone his promoter Bob Arum puts in front of him. Talk is cheap at this point, though, as both Pacquiao and Mayweather’s camps have said they would be open to schedule a fight for years now. Obviously we’re still waiting.
If Pacquiao wants to make the kind of money he made back in his peak from 2008-2009, its definitely in his best interest to give Mayweather a call. His Saturday bout with Bradley had an estimated buyrate of roughly 800,000. Mayweather, meanwhile, is in the midst of a streak in which his last seven fights have pulled in over a million viewers each.
Though Pacquiao remains solidly entrenched as boxing’s second biggest star, he’s clearly playing second fiddle to Mayweather at this point. Of course, a fight between the two could change all of that.
We’ll wait and see.
During the 1980s, there were few people boxer Pernell “Sweet Pea” Whitaker couldn’t take down. He was a silver lightweight medal winner at the 1982 World Championships and a gold medal winner at the 1983 Pan American games. He brought home a gold medal for Team USA at the 1984 Olympics. He went on to a pro career in which he became the world champion in four different weight divisions. He topped it all off when he was named Ring Magazine’s 1989 fighter of the year.
As his career came to a close, Whitaker found life to be a tougher opponent than any man he faced in the ring. He’s battled substance abuse problems, had numerous run-ins with the law, and racked up a list of arrests in the last 20-plus years. He's lost millions of dollars along the way.
On Wednesday, Whitaker took a drastic step to put a halt to his financial slide. He evicted his mother from a house he bought for her in 1984.
If you ask Whitaker, the move was a necessary one. He’d asked his mother multiple times to move out, but she refused. Whitaker told his mother that he simply couldn’t afford the house any more. After all, he bought it 30 years ago when he was rolling in money at the peak of his career. His family wasn't helping out, either. Whitaker was forced recently to pay $18,000 in past-due property taxes his mother failed to pay.
With dismal financial prospects, Whitaker felt he needed to take advantage of the $155,000 in equity he could claim by selling the house. Since his mother refused to move out, he had no option but to take her to court.
“It’s sad for him to have to take action against his mother, but none of the family would contribute to the real estate and he had no alternative but to use the court process,” Whitaker’s attorney, Bruce Gould, said.
On Wednesday, a judge ordered Whitaker’s mother and relatives to move out of the house by March 31.
"He’s not happy that it was necessary to go to court," Gould reiterated. “But he now has two mortgages on the house and the alternative was if he didn’t sell, it was going to go to foreclosure.”
The house has an estimated value of $370,000.
After the ruling, Whitaker’s mother said she plans to move in with her daughter.
"I'm going to survive ... I'm a survivor ... I'm going with my daughter ... she is taking me in," she said.
Whitaker’s sister, Zelda Brown, voiced her displeasure with her brother’s decision.
“He’ll be a son forever until death do us part, but he is putting a rip through the family,” Brown said.
Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. seem to be heading in different directions right now. After a January where they looked to be creeping closer and closer to fighting one another, February has returned us to the status quo – everyone is moving on to more realistic options.
Less than 30 days ago, Pacquiao made headlines when he suggested that he wasn’t trying to make money off Mayweather’s name. Ever since Pacquiao lost to Juan Manuel Marquez in December of 2012, that had been Mayweather’s claim: that he and Pacquiao were on different levels, and that Pacquiao was simply using him at this point. Pacquiao squashed that rumor by suggesting they donate the proceeds to charity.
That suggestion fizzled out after about a day.
Nevertheless, the mere fact that a Mayweather-Pacquiao bout was being discussed again could have been viewed as progress. During Pacquiao’s two-fight losing streak, that didn’t even seem like a viable option anymore.
This past week, Floyd Mayweather Sr. suggested that if Pacquiao really wanted to fight his son, he would leave Bob Arum. This is a suggestion Mayweather Jr. has made on numerous occasions, too. However, according to an unconfirmed report from Boxing Socialist, Pacquiao and Arum have apparently reached agreement on a deal extension. Even if that isn’t true or the rumored extension falls apart, it’s unlikely that Pacquiao will leave Arum at this point in his career.
So if Pacquiao is sticking with Arum, and Mayweather doesn’t want to fight Pacquiao while he’s with Arum – how are we creeping closer to a super fight? Well, because nothing has changed: both men are still scrambling for opponents. Timothy Bradley was the obvious next choice for Pacquiao, but that’s where he runs out of “obvious” opponents. Juan Manuel Marquez doesn’t want a rematch; Ruslan Provodnikov isn’t ready.
The same goes for Mayweather. Amir Khan is the best option his team could come up with – and he has about the same name recognition in the United States as Robert Guerrero does. We all remember the numbers from that bout. Amazing for any fighter not named Floyd Mayweather Jr., and totally unimpressive for the top pound-for-pounder in the world.
Mayweather and Pacquiao still need each other. And so long as that remains true, a super fight between them is very, very likely.
Out of 15,000 applicants, rapper DMX was chosen to fight George Zimmerman in a celebrity boxing match, according to TMZ.
Initially, Zimmerman had hoped to fight Kanye West in the boxing ring, because of his reputation for bullying “defenseless” people.
Zimmerman reported that the celebrity boxing match was his idea and that boxing had been a long time hobby before the “incident” – that is, before he shot and killed Trayvon Martin.
When Celebrity Boxing owner Damon Feldman contacted Zimmerman about the match, it gave the neighborhood watchman the motivation to get back in shape while helping out a charity.
"The match will be one of the Biggest Celebrity Boxing matches of all time," Feldman’s news release read.
In an interview with TMZ, DMX said he would break every rule in boxing and “beat the living s**t” out of Zimmerman.
Ian Karmel, a writer for “Chelsea Lately,” joked that DMX be replaced with undefeated professional boxer Floyd Mayweather since Zimmerman wouldn’t know the difference.
The location of the match has yet to be disclosed.
If Manny Pacquiao truly wanted to fight Floyd Mayweather Jr., he would be fighting him in a few months. That’s not to say Mayweather isn’t difficult or stubborn, it’s just the reality of the situation. If Pacquiao was as adamant about taking on Mayweather as he has led everyone to believe over the past few weeks, what with the purse donation offer and the PED testing concessions, he could launch a full-on media assault on his rival and pledge to not fight again until Mayweather grants him a shot.
He isn’t doing that.
What Pacquiao is doing is what he and Mayweather have done for the better part of five years now. He’s saying he wants Mayweather, but meanwhile he is working on a new fight. According to multiple reports, he will be taking on Timothy Bradley next. The bout could be finalized and announced as early as today.
During a recent interview with Ring TV, Michael Koncz, Pacquiao’s advisor, tried to assure the masses that his guy was serious about wanting to take on Mayweather.
"The fact that Floyd made the comment a few weeks ago that we're like an old dog chasing a bone and we need the money and that's why we want to fight him, that's totally not true," he said.
"The fight would mean history, and Manny wants the fight with Floyd, and if that's what the fans want, then that's No. 1. No. 2, I don't believe that its ever been done before where the entire purse has been given away to charity in a fight of this magnitude. Manny is dead serious about that, and he's willing to do it."
That’s great. So then why is Pacquiao already ensuring that the Mayweather fight won’t happen by agreeing to fight Bradley again? If he is so serious about a super fight versus Mayweather, and if he so badly wants to give the starving children his purse from the match, shouldn’t he work a little harder to make it a reality?
Earlier this week, Manny Pacquiao made headlines when he seemingly called out Floyd Mayweather Jr. This wasn’t the first time one of them publicly called out the other, obviously, but there was something really genuine about Pacquiao’s words on this go-round. The way he poked at Mayweather, the requests he made – they just seemed very legitimate.
With that in mind…
According to multiple reports, Pacquiao is close to finalizing a deal that would grant him a rematch againstTimothy Bradley. You will recall, the Filipino star fell to Bradley in 2012 – a controversial defeat that most people blamed on faulty judging.
A few days ago, in an interview with Aquiles Zonio of inquirer.net, Pacquiao said that if Mayweather were a “real man,” he would agree to fight him. Moreover, he suggested that Mayweather should do it “not the sake of money,” but rather to “make the boxing fans happy.”
During the same session with Zonio, Pacquiao said that he was challenging Mayweather to “include in our fight contract that both of us will not receive anything out of this fight. We will donate all the proceeds from the fight—guaranteed prize, should there be any, gate receipts, pay-per-view and endorsements—to charities around the world.”
That’s great. Really great. Or at least it would have been, had Pacquiao not seemingly greenlit Bradley as his next opponent.
Look, everyone knew that Bradley-Pacquiao II was going to happen. Outside of Mayweather-Pacquiao and Marquez-Pacquiao-V, this is the most commercially viable bout available. And since neither Mayweather nor Marquez seem interested in a match, this made the most sense. But the fact that he has apparently agreed to fight Bradley also sort of makes Pacquiao’s earlier comments to Mayweather seem disingenuous. It’s sort of like baseball players who pretend they want to fight when they’re actually being held back.
Pacquiao told Mayweather “let’s fight and donate the proceeds to charity,” all the while agreeing to take on Bradley at the same time.
If nothing else, this is just another example of the PR gamesmanship that constantly goes on between Pacquiao and Mayweather. Nothing is real. It’s all just a publicity play.
Manny Pacquiao has been politely hinting that he wants a shot at Floyd Mayweather Jr. for weeks now. After spending the better part of fours years acting like he would be fine with never fighting the undefeated champ, Pacquiao now wants to erase all doubt: this is a bout he wants. Unfortunately, it doesn’t appear to be one that Mayweather currently wants. Every single time he’s pressed on a potential showdown against his rival, Mayweather simply says that Pacquiao no longer deserves the match.
So now Pacquiao is trying a different approach
While speaking to Aquiles Zonio of inquirer.net, Pacquiao didn’t hold any punches; he went directly after Mayweather’s manhood.
“Floyd, if you’re a real man, fight me," he reportedly said. "Let’s do it for the love of boxing and for the fans. Let’s do it not for the sake of money. Let’s make the boxing fans happy.”
That’s a pretty huge departure from the quiet, respectful Pacquiao folks usually see in the media. If anything, it just reaffirms how desperate he is for a shot at Mayweather now. Although, it’s worth noting, he says he’s not desperate because of the money.
“I’m not desperate to fight him just for the sake of money or material things,” he said. “I’m not the one seeking this fight; rather it’s the boxing fans all over the world.”
This would be much more believable if Pacquiao wasn’t currently commanding the lowest paydays of his career, and struggling to find quality opponents that will help him generate the sort of PPV buys he used to get.
But then he added this bit…
“Above all, I challenge him to include in our fight contract that both of us will not receive anything out of this fight. We will donate all the proceeds from the fight—guaranteed prize, should there be any, gate receipts, pay-per-view and endorsements—to charities around the world.”
Now that’s a challenge. Will Mayweather respond? We’ll find out soon enough.
There are two opposing views regarding how Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. feel about fighting each other. One side believes that, despite all the talk we have heard for the better part of five years, neither guy really wants this bout to come together. The other side believes the opposite: Pacquiao and Mayweather want this thing to happen, they’re just not in any sort of hurry.
It’s hard to argue with folks who fall into that first group. Ever since Mayweather returned from his extended sabbatical back in 2009, fans have heard endless speculation about a possible Mayweather-Pacquiao showdown. But despite all the talk, nothing has ever come to fruitarian. First performance-enhancing drug (PED) testing was a problem. Then money was a problem. Then this. Then that. There was always an excuse. When two athletes want something to happen, particularly two with the sort of sway that Mayweather and Pacquiao have, they make it happen.
Then again, the fact that fans are still calling for this bout despite five years of false promises sort of explains why there is no rush. Would less people buy Mayweather-Pacquiao in 2014 than would have bought it in 2010? Heck, would less people buy it in 2016? This match will always be a PPV best-seller, regardless of when it gets made.
Mayweather and Pacquiao currently find themselves in an interesting position. Mayweather is two fights into a lengthy arrangement with Showtime. He is reportedly considering fighting Amir Khan next, but it is universally agreed that Mayweather-Khan would do Mayweather-Robert Guerrero numbers – which both Showtime and Mayweather weren’t thrilled with. And beyond Khan, there is really nobody with any mainstream appeal for Mayweather to fight.
Pacquiao, meanwhile, is considering a bout against Timothy Bradley. Okay. That’s a sellable rematch. But then what? Juan Manuel Marquez doesn’t want a fifth fight. Ruslan Provodnikov is an option, but not a great one.
Mayweather-Pacquiao still makes a lot of sense.
This week, Mayweather explained his latest reason for not agreeing to fight Pacquiao.
"All of a sudden, he loses to Timothy Bradley, he loses to Marquez ... he has tax problems now,” Mayweather told reporters. “So, two losses and tax problems later, now he all of a sudden wants to say: 'You know what? I'd do anything to make the fight happen,' when he's really saying: 'Floyd, can you help me solve my tax problems, get me out of debt?'"
While that’s a great shot at Pacquiao’s purported tax problems, it’s not a reason for not fighting him. “I don’t want to help him make money” isn’t a legitimate reason for Mayweather to deprive himself of a massive payday.
Mayweather vs. Pacquiao hasn’t happened yet because it hasn’t had to. Clearly it’s still on the table, though. And with the lack of quality opponents out there for both men, it could very easily happen in 2014.
Floyd Mayweather Jr. doesn’t want there to be any doubt: he is ready to fight Manny Pacquiao. For years, the main question that has dogged him as he has won one fight after another is whether he truly wanted a bout against his Filipino arch rival. For all the big talk about how he did, his actions didn’t really reflect that stance.
Make no mistake about it, Mayweather always had a good reason for not fighting Pacquiao. First Pacquiao didn’t want to submit to stringent performance-enhancing drug tests. Then he did, but only when Mayweather had moved on. Then Pacquiao wanted an ‘unfair’ amount of money. When he finally relented, Mayweather offered him less.
Again, there is no debating that Mayweather had justifiable reasons to turn down Pacquiao. The real question has always been how much he truly wanted the fight in the first place. Because if he had really wanted it, no matter what Pacquiao did, he could have made it happen.
Speaking to reporters recently, Mayweather made it clear that he wanted to and still wants to fight Pacquiao. He just refuses to do it on anyone’s terms but his own.
"I offered Manny Pacquiao the fight before," he told the press. "We didn't see eye to eye on terms. Years later we come back and I try and make the fight happen again. I offer him $40 million. He said he wanted 50-50. So we didn't make the fight happen.”
He continued: "All of a sudden, he loses to Timothy Bradley, he loses to Marquez ... he has tax problems now. So, two losses and tax problems later, now he all of a sudden want to say: 'You know what? I'd do anything to make the fight happen,' when he's really saying: 'Floyd, can you help me solve my tax problems, get me out of debt?'"
So now the problem, apparently, is that Mayweather doesn’t like Pacquiao’s reason for seeking out a fight.
Here is where we currently stand: neither Mayweather nor Pacquiao has a match scheduled for 2014. The former has hinted that Amir Khan will be his next opponent. The latter insinuated that he is leaning towards a rematch with Timothy Bradley. But to date, nothing has been confirmed. At the same time, these two have really ramped up the trash talk over the past month. Make of that what you will.
Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. should have already set up their next fights by now. At the end of 2013, after both men successfully finished off the year with dominant victories against clearly overmatched opponents, their 2014 schedules looked more or less set in stone. Mayweather would take on Amir Khan, and Pacquiao would participate in a rematch with Timothy Bradley.
So why hasn’t either bout been officially scheduled yet?
Mayweather, 36, is three fights into his massive Showtime deal and is in desperate need of high-profile opponents. After his match-up against Robert Guerrero did unimpressive (by his standards) numbers, Mayweather gave the people what they wanted and fought Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez. Seeking to replicate the success of that fight, he let it be known (through various sources) that he was contemplating taking on Amir Khan – a reasonably well-known boxer with some name recognition in the United States.
That was in November. More than a month later, we’re still waiting on an announcement.
Pacquiao, 34, is coming off a great showing versus Brandon Rios. That’s the good news. The bad news is: nobody cared. Nobody bothered tuning in to see him beat down a guy they had never heard of in Macao. He too needs a commercially viable foe. Bradley, who beat Pacquiao in 2012, was said to be the likeliest option. However, a month later, here we are – still no official fight announcement in sight.
Meanwhile, Pacquiao and Mayweather have been jabbering at one another non-stop over the past few weeks. First the former said he wanted to fight Mayweather. Then the latter took a pointless shot at him on Twitter. Then Pacquiao insinuated that Mayweather was a coward and ducking him. And so on and so forth.
Are Pacquiao and Mayweather working on something behind the scenes? It’s impossible to say. But one thing is certain: the fact that neither guy has set a 2014 fight yet is really, really strange.