Sunday, March 28, 2010

Roach: Pacquiao Would Drop the Lawsuit to fight Floyd Mayweather

In a recent interview with ESNEWS, Freddie Roach gave some revealing thoughts regarding where Manny Pacquiao wants to go next. He mentions Manny having been interested in fighting Antonio Margarito for some time. “He wants to fight [Antonio] Margarito,” said Roach. “Before Shane [Mosley] beat him, he told me that he wanted him next, after Oscar. So he saw something that maybe Shane saw.”

But the man Pacquiao really wants, according to Roach, is Floyd Mayweather Jr. So much so that Roach (after some visible toiling with whether or not to say it out loud) admitted Manny would drop his litigation in order to make it happen. “He would drop the lawsuit just to fight that guy. Just win that lawsuit in the ring. That’s where I would like to win it, too.”

Evidence of Manny’s desire to fight Floyd seems to be a result of Mayweather having gotten inside Pacquiao’s head. “This is the first time I’ve seen [Manny] make fun of somebody in the gym. The guy’s under his skin a little bit. So he really wants it.”

But there’s still the matter of Floyd’s drug testing demands. To that, Roach had an answer as well. “We’re not going to negotiate with him on drug testing. That’s not going to happen, because he doesn’t run the sport. Again, that issue is gone. Any commission rule we’ll go with. Mayweather’s going to have to deal with that.” So it seems the line has been drawn in the sand. Will this prevent the fight from happening, considering the amount of exposure that will have been given to Mosley and Mayweather undergoing the USADA testing (it will most certainly play an important role in the HBO series 24/7)?

Roach doesn’t think so. He thinks Floyd needs Manny. “If he wants to make the money that he thinks he deserves, he has to fight Pacquiao. I can’t see him going anywhere else.” The cold, hard truth is that this is a two way street. Manny and Floyd can go on making their $10M paydays, give or take, but if they want to see the big dollars, they both are well aware that they need one another.

As to whether or not Roach thinks Mayweather is ducking Pacquiao: “I don’t think he’s ducking us. I think he needed more time to fight Pacquiao. I think he’ll come to the table after Mosley. If he beats Mosley that will be a good win, because he’s a very tough opponent. He’ll feel he’s ready for Pacquiao.” It’s an interesting angle not that heavily talked about. Floyd, in his post-fight interview with Kellerman after his Marquez fight (before the Mosley debacle) admitted he had some ring rust and felt he could do better. It is feasible that Mayweather wanted more time getting back into the game before taking on Pacquiao. It’s a possibility, sure. An explanation? Maybe.

As May 1st draws near, all eyes are going to be on Floyd Mayweather and Shane Mosley. This is not a walk in the park for Floyd, and Shane stands to earn the notoriety and respect he feels he never got earlier in his career. But try as you may, that little Filipino just doesn’t seem to want to go away. 

Please watch Mayweather vs  Mosley Fight Online to ever see whos the real P4P king.
Source: By Ryan Dunn

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Floyd Mayweather now bitter about Pacquiao's endorsement deals?

Mayweather vs Mosley - Floyd Mayweather has been giving lots of interviews ahead of his bout with Shane Mosley lately, but can't seem to stick to the subject for any length of time.

That subject of course is the one that got away, the super fight between himself and Manny Pacquiao. Floyd seems so consumed with it in fact that the interviewers don't even have to ask about it anymore for Floyd to bring it up.

In the video below with Slam Online, Mayweather goes from which basketball teams he supported growing up to how much he thinks Manny Pacquiao made for his endorsement deal with Nike.

The first half of the video Floyd talks about his love of basketball and sports betting. But true to form he breaks into a tirade about Manny Pacquiao at around the 4.55 mark.

He then goes on to claim that Pacquiao will sign anything, stating that "Manny Pacquiao never saw a contract he didn't like". He also proclaims that he knows the amount of money that Pacquiao got from his Nike deal, which he claims was $75,000. Now for a major star like Pacquiao and one of the biggest brands out there like Nike, this sounds like a pretty low offer. Than again Mayweather doesn't disclose why he thinks this was the case and doesn't seem to have an answer as to why Nike are sponsoring Pacquiao and not him.


Friday, March 5, 2010

Miguel Cotto vs. Yuri Foreman on June 5th at Yankee Stadium

Sometime WBO welterweight champion Miguel Cotto (34-2, 27 KO’s) has been confirmed for a fight against World Boxing Association light middleweight champion Yuri Foreman (28-0, 8 KOs) on June 5t, 2010 at the Yankee Stadium in New York, New York. The stadium, which is normally used to house the New York Yankees baseball team, will be retrofitted to fit "between 30,000 and 35,000 fans,"  This is perhaps an ambitious number for a fight that matches Cotto, a fighter who was recently beaten to a pulp by Manny Pacquiao in his last fight in November 14. And now fighting to defend it over his previous opponent Miguel Clottey.

Miguel Cotto at 29 has been stopped in two out of his last four fights in the past two years and looks like a shell of his former self. Maybe it is not time yet for Cotto to go for big names after scoring a 2 wins 2 losses in 2 year time.

There are some people who think that Cotto is going after Foreman, a fighter that few boxing fans have heard of, because Cotto can use the WBA light middleweight title as title bait for Manny Pacquiao, who into collecting titles for some reason and might want a chance to pick up an eighth world title. Whew! This will be another collection for Pacquiao.

Given how easily Pacquiao beat Cotto last year, he might be interested in beating him again and capturing yet another title. Some boxing aficionados might be interested in seeing the fight, that is indeed maybe. Cotto needs to pick up some significant wins over some known opponents to make a comeback on his name before Pacquiao can slaughtered him again.

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