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While Manny Pacquiao is busy campaigning for a congressional seat in Saranggani Province in the Philippines, Floyd Mayweather Jr. is also hard at work trying to promote his upcoming fight against ‘Sugar’ Shane Mosley on May 1st.
I was surprised to see a feature on Mayweather in the latest issue of SLAM magazine, my favorite basketball magazine out there and one of the first print media publications my writings were ever published in.
The feature showcased Mayweather’s usual braggadocio — swag/ arrogance/ call it what you want, you know it’s not humility — and his knowledge about the NBA as well.
Mayweather chimed in on the Kobe-LeBron debate and said, “When it’s all said and done, at the end of your career and the end of the day, it’s about championships. Can LeBron win one championship? Yes, it’s possible. As of right now, we’re not talking about ‘wouldas’ and ‘couldas’. We’re talking about what’s going on. Kobe has won championships.”
But that of course doesn’t apply to his boxing philosophy, right? He did after all said championships and legacy don’t matter and he’s all about getting money. He also blasted Pacquiao, the guy that holds the record for most world championship belts in different weight classes (seven).
Mayweather insisted that he is what’s going on at the moment in boxing. Despite Pacquiao’s string of impressive victories against bigger, top flight opponents in the past two years, Mayweather pointed out Pacquiao’s knockout losses more than ten years ago when he was practically an amateur and continued on by flaunting his undefeated pro record (Mayweather lost six times as an amateur).
Mayweather also revealed this:
“We have two fights that we know will happen. The Shane fight is May 1. We know the Pacquiao fight is eventually going to happen.”
So what gives?
Is there a deal already in place for Pacquiao-Mayweather to happen?
Are they simply hyping their superfight up by allowing it to simmer and building it up by fighting other in-house fighters like how Top Rank had Pacquiao face Joshua Clottey and GBP pitting Mosley against Floyd?
Makes sense if you ask me. More money for both parties and it also gave fans a couple more fights instead of one had the fight already gone down last March.
Whatever it is, I just hope Mayweather is speaking the truth on this one. I already know how that can go. He did after all say Marquez was the biggest challenge for him then, only to admit now that Marquez is simply a tune-up fight.
So is Mosley his tune-up for Pacquiao? That may very well be his belief. Mosley however, is a very capable party crasher.
(click photo for more of ‘Art’s works’) Dennis “D Source” Guillermo is a freelance sportswriter. You can contact him through e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. (Artwork by: Art Garcia)
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