Mayweather exposed as chicken

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HBO Sports president Ross Greenburg released a four-paragraph, five-sentence statement Monday which cast doubt upon the veracity of Floyd Mayweather Jr.; Mayweather’s best friend, Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe; Golden Boy Promotions president Oscar De La Hoya and Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer and which forever eliminated any doubt about Mayweather’s intention: He’s ducking Manny Pacquiao.

There can be no other rational explanation.

Welcome to “Mayweather in Wonderland,” where they try to convince you that up is down, the grass is blue and the sky is green. Never mind that Mayweather has tarnished, perhaps forever, his legacy as one of the best boxers of all time. Given his disinclination to fight Pacquiao, it’s hard to regard him as the best fighter of his own time.

Mayweather was nowhere to be found on Monday, still on vacation, apparently oblivious to the millions of boxing fans desperate to hear a word about his intentions. If Mayweather cared about his legacy, if he cared about the sport that has made him rich and famous, he wouldn’t have been invisible the last few weeks while allowing Ellerbe to spew a lot of mumbo jumbo.

Mayweather and his cronies attempted to insinuate that Top Rank chairman Bob Arum was being deceitful when he said he’d been negotiating for a Mayweather-Pacquiao fight with Greenburg serving as the middle man. Greenburg and Arum have not had the strongest of relationships, while Greenburg has an extraordinarily cozy relationship with Golden Boy. If Arum were lying, their frequently contentious history together suggests that Greenburg would have called him on it immediately.

Greenburg, though, clearly sided with Arum, when he said, in part, “I had been negotiating with a representative from each side since May 2nd … “

That’s what Arum, who promotes Pacquiao, has steadfastly claimed for weeks. On June 30, Arum told Yahoo! Sports that “all issues were resolved” and that the only outstanding matter was whether Mayweather wanted to fight in 2010 or 2011. Arum then set a July 16, 11:59 p.m. deadline on Mayweather to accept the deal. On a conference call in the early morning hours of July 17, Arum announced the deadline had passed without word from Mayweather and that he was pursuing a fight for Pacquiao with either Antonio Margarito or Miguel Cotto.

Ellerbe, though, released a statement on July 19 that was the beginning of the end for Team Mayweather’s credibility. Ellerbe disputed that talks had even taken place. “Here are the facts,” the statement read. “Al Haymon, Richard Schaefer and myself speak to each other on a regular basis and the truth is no negotiations have ever taken place nor was there ever a deal agreed upon by Team Mayweather or Floyd Mayweather to fight Manny Pacquiao on November 13. Either Ross Greenburg or Bob Arum is not telling the truth, but history tells us who is lying.”

That led many in the media to quickly assail Arum’s credibility and for Schaefer and De La Hoya to issue self-righteous comments backing Ellerbe and denying negotiations had ever taken place.

And they would have won this silly game had it ended there and had Greenburg not entered the fray. Arum insisted he was telling the truth, but few seemed to believe him. They didn’t, that is, until Greenburg released his brief, simple, but truly remarkable statement.

In it, he said, “Fights like Mayweather vs. Pacquiao are significant because of these fighters’ ability to connect with sports fans around the world. It’s unfortunate that it won’t happen in 2010. I had been negotiating with a representative from each side since May 2nd, carefully trying to put the fight together. Hopefully, someday this fight will happen. Sports fans deserve it.”

Here’s what sports fans deserve: They deserve better than to waste their hard-earned money on “Money,” who acts as if he’s invented the sport. Mayweather’s a brilliant talent who never seems to let one forget it, who behaves as if he should be able to dictate terms and others should gratefully accept it because he said so.

Let him play in his fantasy world. Boxing doesn’t need him. And, truth be told, he’s wrong about his value.

Mayweather has sold more pay-per-views against common opponents than Pacquiao and his gates for those fights have been bigger. But Pacquiao’s Nov. 14 bout with Cotto at the MGM had a far greater economic impact upon the city of Las Vegas than either of Mayweather’s and the Nevada Gaming Control Board attributed casinos’ best performance in 22 months in November 2009 to the presence of the Pacquiao-Cotto bout and the high-rolling Asian gamblers who spent loads of money.

Despite apparently being caught red-handed when Greenburg released his statement, Ellerbe’s only response on the record was, “I hear his statement and I stand by my statement.” But he then attempted to insinuate that comments Mayweather made at a June 2 Make-a-Wish event in Las Vegas should have been taken by the media that he never planned to fight Pacquiao this year.

“At this particular time, Floyd Mayweather is taking probably a year off, a couple of years off from the sport of boxing,” Mayweather said at the charity event. “I don’t really know what the future holds for Floyd Mayweather at this particular time, but I’ll probably take a couple of years off.”

Saying one “probably” is going to take a year off is a lot different than releasing a statement or holding a media conference and announcing one’s retirement. Yet, Ellerbe attempted to intimate that Mayweather’s statement to sports director Chris Maathuis of KLAS-TV in his gym at a charity event was a definitive announcement.

What muddied the waters even more was De La Hoya apparently lying to Univision on June 11. In a televised Spanish-language interview, De La Hoya said of a potential Mayweather-Pacquiao fight, “I think right now we are very, very close in finalizing the contracts. I can’t talk right now in detail about the negotiations but I will say that we are very close.”

The comments caused quite a stir when they were made, but Schaefer dismissed them. He insisted De La Hoya had been misquoted. But when those pesky reporters actually went and had Spanish experts translate the recording, it turned out that De La Hoya wasn’t misquoted.

So the Golden Boy tried a different tactic on Monday. He told Robert Morales of, “I think I said it because I get the question so many times that, obviously, I was fed up and tired of it and I just said like, ‘Yeah, yeah, it’s gonna get made.’ ”

Essentially, De La Hoya on Monday admitted to lying on June 11, though it’s uncertain how his June 11 comments would have helped end the questioning he wanted to avoid. Given that he said a deal was close, that would only seem to make the scrutiny greater, no lesser. Had he said there were no talks – which he’s now insisting is the truth – and that the fight was not going to happen, no one would have had reason to keep asking him.

No one is going to ask any more. How can anyone support someone with Mayweather’s arrogance, who cares so little about the fans who made him rich beyond his wildest dreams that he won’t even consider the fight they want more than any other?

Mayweather has run from his biggest challenge. The fans, even those who have ardently supported him through the years, will surely remember that. And the next time he dares to compare himself to one of boxing’s all-time greats, such as Sugar Ray Robinson or Sugar Ray Leonard, they’ll scoff.

He can’t hold a candle to either.

By Kevin Iole


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There are 100 million reasons why this fight should take place. Can some one explain to me how Manny Pacquaio and Floyd Mayweather not agree to fight?  We are talking millions and millions and millions; did I mention that we are talking millions?  

This whole affair show the weakness of boxing in which promoters control the sport and if they don’t agree or even like each other, then no fight. Analyst Max Kellerman made an interesting point after Tim Bradley's HBO fight when he observed that Golden Boy fighters fight Golden boy fighters and Top Rank fighters fight Top Rank fighters.

Bradley, who is neither a Golden Boy Fighter nor a Top Rank Fighter, will not be part of any future fight plan with either Manny or Floyd. (The good news for Bradley and boxing fans, Devon Alexander, the other excellent junior welterweight is not either a Golden Boy or Top Rank fighter, so he just might be available for Bradley, but it is a fight that is not yet a big money maker.) Manny is now rumored to fight Antonio Margarito after the negotiations with Mayweather fell through.

There are many reasons why Mayweather-Pacquaio should go forward and I should say 100 millions reasons for this fight to go forward, but boxing is not a sport always govern by common sense or even sound economics.

For Mayweather, he is a wealthy fighter and he can wait since he has shown that he can beat smaller fighters even with layoffs. As for Pacquaio, he has his options provided by Bob Arum who wants something better for his fighter, but there is one reality; in 2010, this fight is a big fight.

In 2011, it may not be as big since other fighters are now making their own move toward popularity. The Super Six is producing new stars in the two Andres, Ward and Dirrell and Amir Khan of England may be a super star in his own right. There are other young fighters making their own statements.

So Pacquaio-Mayweather will compete with other stars for attention and PPV money. The public is tiring of the negotiations between the two and just wondering, do you guys really want to fight each other?

In boxing, timing is everything and one loss or bad fight from either fighters and you see millions of dollars down the drain and Oscar De La Hoya and Bob Arum asking themselves, what the ---- happened?

One boxing pundit observed that Mayweather does not like to be dictated to and never said that he would fight again this year. He added that Mayweather views himself bigger than the sport and his arrogance is misplaced.

Mayweather is a very good fighter, hell, he is a great fighter but he is not bigger than the sport. Mayweather may view himself the king of the sport but the reality is that when it comes to being the main attraction, he has found himself to be second banana to others in the past.

Against Arturo Gatti, Ricky Hatton and even Oscar De La Hoya, Floyd Mayweather was not the star attraction but the second banana in a play in which he was the superior fighter but not the superior gate attraction.

Over the years, many have finally decided that Mayweather may be worth the 50 bucks but let be blunt a Mayweather-Cotto does not carry the same weight as Mayweather-Pacquiao.

Cotto at this stage in his career is a very good fighter but a fighter beginning the downside of his career after fighting so many wars. And he is not the elite fighter in Mayweather's or Pacquaio's class.

Pacquaio already demonstrated that fact when he defeated Cotto and I don’t see Cotto beating Mayweather.

As for Margarito, he may not be able to get a license in the United States and the fight between Pacquaio and the hands of plaster may end up in Mexico and does Arum want his prize fighter fighting a Mexican fighter in Mexico?

This is a big gamble for Arum and for Pacquaio.

Who really is going to pay 50 dollars to watch Mayweather whip up on Cotto? That will be a tough sell no matter what. Let be blunt, Pacquaio best fight for both legacy and money is Mayweather and Mayweather's best fight for both legacy and money is Pacquaio.

The promoters lucked out once when their guys won key fights last spring. Mayweather dispatched Shane Mosley and Pacquaio easily defeated Clottey but luck can easily run out.

For Pacquaio, he might have the PPV advantage with Margarito who is coming back from suspension but Margartio is capable of beating Pacquaio. So Arum may find himself with a dilemma in which one of his stable fighters upset a 100 million plus dollar pay day for his star attraction.

Is it a gamble worth taking?

If Pacquaio manages to beat Margartio and Mayweather pounds Cotto, then the gamble will pay off worth millions. And there will be no excuses that can be use to keep this fight from ever happening.

Of course there is no excuse that this fight is not happening in 2010. Boxing will survive Mayweather not fighting Pacquaio, but it does show the weakness of a sport that can’t manage to get two of its biggest attraction in the ring.

Just when you think you see it all, well, you find that you haven’t.
Again, can some one explain to me how Manny Pacquaio and Floyd Mayweather not agree to fight? We are talking millions and millions and millions; did I mention that we are talking millions?

by Tom Donelson

Manny Pacquiao-Antonio Margarito to Boardwalk?

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Atlantic City's Boardwalk Hall is one of three U.S. sites promoter Bob Arum is considering for the Manny Pacquiao-Antonio Margarito junior middleweight title fight Nov. 13.

MGM Grand in Las Vegas and Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, are considered Arum's top two choices, but sources close to the situation believe Boardwalk Hall has become a viable alternative because executives at Arum's Top Rank Inc. think New Jersey's State Athletic Control Board would approve Margarito's application for a license to box in this state. Haledon native Nick Lembo, general counsel for the SACB, declined comment Tuesday because Margarito has yet to submit an application.

The California State Athletic Commission suspended Margarito for a year in February 2009 because he was caught in his dressing room trying to use illegal hard pads in his hand wraps prior to his ninth-round technical knockout loss to Shane Mosley in Los Angeles.

Margarito, 32, hasn't boxed in the United States since Mosley dominated him in January 2009 at Staples Center. The former welterweight champion returned from a 15-month layoff May 8 and beat Roberto Garcia by unanimous decision in a 10-round fight in Aguascalientes, Mexico.

Margarito hasn't applied for a license in the United States since the suspension, but Arum hopes to get Margarito's license request on the agenda for the Nevada State Athletic Commission's Aug. 9 meeting. The NSAC voted, 4-1, in favor of tabling Margarito's license request July 9, and requested that Margarito first apply for a license in California.

The CSAC won't convene again until September, however, and might not review a license application from Margarito unless Margarito drops a lawsuit against the CSAC for suspending him without due process. Margarito needs to get licensed somewhere soon because Top Rank must start selling tickets and promoting the pay-per-view card headlined by Pacquiao-Margarito by next month.

Arum also is considering Monterrey, Mexico, but only if Margarito cannot get a license to box in New Jersey, Nevada or Texas.

Pacquiao (51-3-2, 38 KOs) will fight Margarito (38-6, 27 KOs, 1 NC) because Floyd Mayweather Jr. (41-0, 25 KOs) wasn't interested in opposing Pacquiao on Nov. 13. A Pacquiao-Mayweather match would crown boxing's mythical pound-for-pound champion, earn each boxer more than $30 million and probably become the most lucrative event in boxing history, but negotiations for the fight have fallen apart twice this year.


Pacquiao vs Margarito The Tale of the Tape

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Manny Pacquiao will challenge Antonio Margarito for the vacant super welterweight title on November 13 at tentative venue either Las Vegas or Mexico. Bob Arum still on the place of the big fight but it depends on Margarito. There's a little conflict on Margarito's license to fight in Las Vegas but if he is allowed to fight there, it will be there to held the fight but if not, Mexico is the last option.

Lets measure the Pacquiao vs Margarito The Tale of the Tape. I think there's a big differences in the tale of the tape between Manny Pacquiao and Antonio Margarito. The height and reach advantage is in favor of Margarito. It's a big difference and they say that it will happen as Pacquiao-De La Hoya fight again as we can see. But according to all us, Pacquiao destroyed De La Hoya and made him to retired on their 2009 fight. Pacquiao will go up in weight maybe at 150-lbs catch-weight or in a certain weight for both camps agreement.

Take a look at Pacquiao vs Margarito The Tale of the Tape
The Manny Pacquiao vs Antonio Margarito bout will take place on November 13 at either Las Vegas or Mexico. It a pay-per-view bout presented by HBO sports and Top Rank promotion. Watch out for more Pacquiao vs Margarito latest news and upodates.

The Truth of Manny Pacquiao – Floyd Mayweather JR: The Bob Arum Deception

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One would think that trial and error is usually the best teacher. Even, if you are an architect, building a house or a carpenter, designing cabinets; without a blueprint or a design to follow, you are bound to make some mistakes. That is why it is important to follow the necessary steps to prevent making costly mistakes.

Bob Arum, Manny Pacquiao’s promoter has been promoting fights for many, many decades. If anyone should have the blueprint on putting together a fight, it should be him. Arum promoted some of the biggest fights in the 70’s and 80’s. He knows promoting, as good as most preachers know The Bible. This is how he gained all of his riches, and boy is he loaded.

I must admit he is the best at what he does. Arum has mastered the promoting game. Floyd “Money” Mayweather knows him better than anyone, because he was once promoted by him. Their departure was very bitter. And, what they both seem to have in common is—they are all about the buck. No kidding.

Arum knew just what to offer Floyd Mayweather, JR., to turn him off. He truly knows what offer Floyd would take, and what offer he would turn down. Remember, Arum knows Floyd very well. When Bob Arum is truly ready for “The Big Fight” to happen (Mayweather vs. Pacquiao), he knows what to do. This is what he does for a living. He is not quite ready for this match up.

Team Mayweather’s response was just the way he hoped it would be. First of all, he gives Floyd a deadline on negotiations. Floyd had just come off one of the biggest wins of his career in the Shane Mosley wipeout. And when we talk pay per view numbers, the dude is king… “Money” Mayweather has demonstrated time and time again that he “put butts in seats,” when it comes to selling a fight.

Arum knows as long as he can keep “Money” Mayweather away from Manny Pacquiao, his stock will continue to rise. Right now the only fighter that poses a real threat to Pacquiao is “Money” Mayweather. Arum knows that if, and when that fight happens, Floyd could end up beating Manny so bad, that his stocks will plummet over night. Arum is not ready for that to happen. Millions of dollars on top of millions would go down the drain. That would be Arum’s worst nightmare.

Okay, know that the chess game favorites Arum, he can place Manny Pacquiao in fights that he can win and also have the pleasure of promoting both fighters. Remember, he promotes Miguel Cotto and Antonio Margarito, whose boxing privileges will probably be re-granted in the weeks to come. He has already made it known that Pacquiao will be fighting one of these guys on November 2010. These two fighters will allow Arum to maximize the most profit with very little risk. Bob Arum is a lot smarter than we give him credit for. He has this whole thing all planned out and it’s going just as planned.

With Team Mayweather watching from the sidelines, Arum now has both Jerry Jones and his new Cowboy Stadium in Texas, and MGM Casino of Las Vegas as the home of Pacquiao’s next fights. The highest bidder of the two will probably get his next bout. As Jim Lampley would say “That’s some colorful stuff.”

After the dominating performance “Money” Mayweather displayed over Shane Mosley, tell me what promoter would want to jeopardize the legacy of his fighter, when he can gain more by fighting this guy on a later date? The writing was on the wall when, I heard from several sources, that Arum did not contact Team Mayweather at all during negotiations. Instead all negotiations went through the president of HBO Sports Ross Greenburg.

According to Arum, weeks ago negotiations were going well with Team Mayweather, however, now we know that was just speculations. The results we the boxing fans have received from the news of “The Big Fight” have gone just the way Bob Arum planned it. He really wants no parts of “Money” Mayweather right now. Too early, just not part of the plan right now. Arum will deal with “Money” Mayweather when the time is right for him, not the fighters or the fans.

With old-father time knocking at the door, maybe Arum is about to make his own departure in the sport of boxing and have two to three fights in mind for Manny Pacquiao with “Money” Mayweather being the last on the list. Once again I will repeat myself and say “If Bob Arum wanted “The Big Fight,” to take place now, he knows just the kind of offer to present to Floyd, with the agreement of Manny and the fight would be on—just that simple!

Arum knew just what would tick “Money” Mayweather off, and it did. Floyd felt so disrespected by Arum, he refused to say anything. It silenced him! That was wisdom at its best. Sometimes the best answer is to “say nothing.” Bob knew if he pissed of Team Mayweather, it would buy him more time to put together the other fights he had in mind before “The Big Fight.” With Bob Arum, its nothing personal against the fans, “it’s all about the Benjamins.”

I guess if you look at things from a seasoned promoters prospective, whom seen his younger days as a promoter “if it don’t make big money, it don’t make sense.” Arum knows that the biggest fight to be made in boxing is Floyd and Manny. Worst case scenario, even if both of these fighters should lose their very next fight, they still would be a big attraction facing each other, fans would still buy that fight, so Bob’s Arums point is—what’s the rush?

By: Joe Wilson

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I made this blog (Manny Pacquiao vs  Antonio Margarito) because I want to share and blog about their latest news and updates. The Manny Pacquiao vs Antonio Margarito bout will be now officially on and scheduled to fight on November 13 at tentative venue either Las Vegas or Mexico. Manny Pacquiao will challenge Antonio Margarito for vacant title. The said title will be the prize for the fight on November 13. Bob Arum decided to set this exciting fight between Manny Pacquiao and Antonio Margarito after the Pacquiao-Mayweather mega fight failed and off.

Well, Manny Pacquiao vs Antonio Margarito bout is still the most exciting than Pacquiao-Mayweather fight but we will still love boxing even your most awaited and most wanted fight to watch. Antonio Margarito will takes on Manny Pacquiao and maybe he is so lucky to have Pacquiao on his boxing career because Pacquiao is most demand opponent for others. We will see this fight and love this fight no matter will it takes but we will surely expect to watch this fight live.

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