Boxing living legend Floyd Mayweather Jr. divulged that one reason why he’s not too eager to fight eight-division champion Manny Pacquiao is the small prize that the Filipino carries.
“He’s just a six-million (dollar) fighter,” he said of Pacquiao in the promotional video of his fight with Argentine Marcos Maidana on May 3, 2014 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
He also taunted Pacquiao for fighting like an amateur in the Filipino’s rematch with compatriot Timothy Bradley.
“Is it about the money? Absolutely! Is it about the fame? Absolutely! It’s everything wrapped in one. I wanna be the best, not just the best fighter, I wanna be the best athlete, period. When I leave, I wanna be known as TBE, and that’s The Best Ever,” the 45-win no-loss 26 KOs pound-for-pound king introduced himself in the Showtime Pay-Per-View primer.
The video shows Mayweather’s lifestyle—88 luxury cars, palatial home, $5 million worth of jewelry and watches, jet plane and all other things his one-million-dollar-a-month (average) earnings can buy.
On the other hand, Maidana lives in a more humble surrounding in Argentina. He is determined in this fight—if not to win then at least to hurt Mayweather.
The Argentine gave Adrien Broner his first loss in their fight last December 14 via a unanimous decision for the WBA welterweight crown and said that Broner is actually stronger than Mayweather, so he can hurt the flamboyant superstar.
His camp also said that they are eyeing Manny Pacquiao next.
“Not even witchcraft can save him,” they laughed.
In Manny’s fight versus Bradley last April 12 (April 13 in Manila), which the Filipino boxer won by unanimous decision, his mother became the toast of social media when she was seen doing some sort of hexing (which the international media thought it was) towards the end of the fight. Mommy Dionisia, however, explained that she was actually praying to the Sto. Nino (Child Jesus) and her gestures were just part of the prayers.
(See related story, Pacquiao unanimous decision win a redemption from Bradley cheat victory two years ago https://arloc888.wordpress.com/2014/04/13/pacquiao-unanimous-decision-win-a-redemption-from-bradley-cheat-victory-two-years-ago/)
The Mayweather vs Maidana match is dubbed as The Moment, with Mayweather Promotions saying it’s arguably just as good as The One, the name of Mayweather’s fight with Saul “Canelo” Alvarez last September.
Maidana’s trainer Robert Garcia said that he’s preparing his ward to throw 100 punches per round as Mayweather is very defensive and does not throw a lot of punches.
He added that winning is not easy, but nothing is impossible, noting that even the best fighters have lost—like Ray Leonard and Muhammad Ali.
Meanwhile, Top Rank promoter Bob Arum urged the public to boycott Mayweather’s fight on May 3 to force a Mayweather-Pacquiao showdown.
“The only people that can make Floyd Mayweather fight Manny is the public, if they boycott the nonsense on May 3. That’s what the public should do. (If the media doesn’t) want that fight, tell the public not to buy the Pay-Per-View and not to buy the tickets. There’s no other strategy,” Arum said during the post-fight press conference to answer in Manny’s behalf why until now the Filipino superstar is not fighting the American champ.
Click links for the All Access Mayweather vs Maidana videos:
Episode 1 Preview http://youtu.be/-NEZhvXt-j4
Episode 2 Preview http://youtu.be/bNvLir6gjO0