I’ve been reading a lot of interesting articles and posts all over the Internet lately regarding the proposed Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs Manny Pacquiao fight. But what’s really stuck out is how some boxing fans say Mayweather’s scared to get into the ring with the tough Filipino. Some have even called him a coward. Well, it’s time to put an end to those notions.
Mayweather may be a lot of things; a punk, thug, jerk, idiot, criminal, whatever -- but one thing he’s not is a coward. Actually, I don’t know of any cowards who are willing to lace up a pair of boxing gloves and lay their life on the line by getting into the ring. Sure, Mayweather may be scared. He’s scared of losing his perfect record and, like most human beings, is fearful of the unknown. Most boxers fear what may happen to them in the ring, but it’s a general fear of being hurt. It’s not a specific fear of a particular opponent.
There have been a few instances where boxers have looked like they were about to faint at the sight of their opponent. Michael Spinks against Mike Tyson comes to mind, but this is far and few between. Pacquiao’s a great fighter, while Mayweather’s a great boxer. Their styles are completely different. Pacquiao prefers to engage in wild and exciting toe-to-toe brawls while Mayweather would rather take the safer route, which is not getting hit and landing just enough shots to win rounds. However, he can still land a helluva shot as we saw against Ricky Hatton.
Boxing’s always been an unreliable sport when it comes to the business side of it and it’s not really surprising that a Mayweather vs Pacquiao fight has hit some snags along the way. In fact, it might not take place if Mayweather gets locked up for his unsavory actions in his personal life. And even though I appreciate his skills on a boxing level, he leaves a lot to be desired as a person and role model.
But Mayweather deserves a little credit when it comes to his boxing career. His 41-0 record with 25 knockouts couldn’t have been achieved if he wasn’t dedicated to the sport or if he was scared of opponents. The list of fighters he’s beaten is as impressive as anybody’s.
Who else has taken on and beaten Shane Mosley, Juan Manuel Marquez, Ricky Hatton, Oscar De La Hoya, Zab Judah, Carlos Baldomir, Arturo Gatti, Jose Luis Castillo, Jesus Chavez, and Diego Corrales? All of these were great fighters in their own right and I believe world champions at one time or another.
Yes, Mayweather could possibly be ducking Pacquiao. He could even be afraid of losing to him and seeing his unbeaten record go down the drain. But he’s sure as hell not afraid of getting in a ring and trading punches with Pacquiao the boxer.
Of course, Pacquiao got tired of waiting for Mayweather to sign a contract, so decided to take on Antonio Margarito of Mexico on Nov. 13. Bodog.com has the odds of Pacquiao winning at 4/23 and Margarito at 15/4. According to Paddy Power, the odds of going over 9.5 rounds are 13/10 and under are 10/17.