“We’re looking to make the biggest fight possible and everyone knows what that fight is – the little fella,” Floyd Mayweather’s adviser Leonard Ellerbe said.
And with that the wheels began spinning. Will everyone finally get to see the world’s most anticipated fight? Will the best fighters in boxing finally face each other?
The “little fella” referred to by Ellerbe is obviously a backhanded reference to Manny Pacquiao. He went on to say that Mayweather was ready to return to the ring on May 5 and that the MGM Grand in Las Vegas was already on hold. Everything is already set…but nobody told Pacman.
This is an interesting approach to proposing a fight but at least it is not a blatantly racist, expletive-filled rant like Mayweather’s viral video last year in which he said he would make Pacquiao “make me a sushi roll and cook me some rice.” Any progress is still progress, right?
Meanwhile, Pacquiao is making his final preparations for a Nov. 12 fight against Juan Manual Marquez. He is doing so by appearing on Jimmy Kimmel Live to sing “How Deep Is Your Love.”
Mayweather is not really prepared to fight Pacquiao on May 5. It’s a good thing too because Bob Arum, Pacquiao’s promoter, is not taking him seriously.
“The way they are going about it seems like a bizarre way to go about it. If you want to put it together, you meet, you talk. You don’t just come out and say ‘The fight is May 5 at the MGM,” Arum told ESPN. “I think it’s Floyd’s way of trying to grab a little of the spotlight away from Manny.”
That is exactly what Mayweather is trying to do. While Pacquiao sings his heart out on national television, Mayweather is fighting to stay relevant. And the only way he knows how to stay relevant is through Pacquiao.
Boxing fans have all heard this song and dance before. Matches between these two have fallen apart over issues of money, training outside of the United States, and drug testing. Pacquiao even has a pending defamation suit against Mayweather over accusations that Pacman use of performance enhancing drugs.
There are just too many issues to be worked out between the two before a fight could ever happen. However, Mayweather still chooses to negotiate by running his mouth.
Pacquiao has boxing. He also has politics and singing (which he can continue to do despite the fact that he is horrible because of his beloved status). Mayweather has boxing. He has a undefeated record and that is all he seems to care about.
Mayweather versus Pacquiao will not happen and it will only hurt Mayweather’s reputation.