Last week while Manny Pacquiao was rearranging Antonio Margarito’s eye socket, Floyd Mayweather was engaged in another kind of assault. Floyd was accused of misdemeanor battery for poking a security guard in the face. This is his second run in with the law in the past two months. None of this should have happened. It should have been Floyd in the ring across from Manny. While the world wants the two best pound-for-pound boxers to face each other once and for all, it seems Floyd doesn’t.
It’s been almost a year now since Floyd started derailing the fight. First he claimed it was because Manny wouldn’t abide by the strict drug testing rules he insisted upon. This led to much speculation that Manny might be on steroids. Then when Manny later agreed to a deal with the strict drug testing rules, Floyd let it expire on the table. Floyd then went live on ustream and made racist comments about Manny for no reason at all.
The question is why?
If you ask me, he’s scared. Not necessarily scared of the fight itself. But scared of what it all means. Financially, this fight has the potential to break records. Boxing has needed a big fight and fans would definitely shell out the dollars to watch it. With a likely 50/50 split both fighters walk away with millions. But the loser walks away with a loss and the inability to claim that kind of purse down the line. For someone like Floyd, with an unblemished 41-0 record, that could be a problem.
On the outside, Floyd has made a LOT of money. But he spends a WHOLE LOT of money. In brief appearances on the reality show, “What Chilli Wants” (yeah, I watched it don’t judge me) you learn that Floyd brings his own golden utensils when he goes out to eat and he skates in custom Prada rollerskates. He’s on a Mike Tyson level with the spending (minus the tigers…we think). While a fight with Manny would bring a ton of money, losing a fight to Manny could drastically reduce his future earning potential especially if the fight isn’t a close one.
As with most things, it comes down to money and pride. Floyd has both to lose if he faces Manny. I think ultimately he will. His ego is too large to stall for too long. But I wouldn’t put it past him to try to wait it out until Manny is a little older and has turned his focus away from boxing to his many other interests. Hey, he’s got to get an advantage somehow.