Absolutely not...that's ultimately why a pugilist participates in his chosen profession. The adoration of the masses and a boatload of cash can drive a man to do just about anything in this world.
Floyd Mayweather Jr. has been offered both of these commodities when faced with the opportunity of fighting the other "baddest man on the planet", Manny Pacquiao. But alas, neither money nor adulation has been enough to motivate the defensive technician.
"Money" Mayweather recently attempted put to rest any misconception regarding his perceived trepidation when he addressed the media earlier this week in Las Vegas, NV. Unfortunately, his candid commentary raised even more speculation as to why he refuses to make the proposed mega-fight a reality.
"It's basic common sense that Manny Pacquiao has used performance enhancing drugs, and getting in the ring with him would be a danger to my future health," explained Floyd Mayweather Jr. to various members of the media.
"Health is more important than anything. Because guess what? When my career is over, if I'm hurt because of something that has happened in a fight, I can't come to anyone and say I need money.
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"I know how it is to have a broken rib the rest of your life. I know how it is to piss blood. You all don't know nothing about this."
"This is how the world is; you get writers saying, 'Floyd Mayweather is scared'. No...Floyd cares about his family. Floyd is smart."
Although his previous words were enough to raise controversy throughout the sports world, Floyd continued to berate the Filipino Congressman.
"The mother f#@%er was 106 pounds when he started his career and he's just walking through Miguel Cotto; and Cotto can't knock down Mosley, but he can? Come on, man!"
"Go back and look at the pictures," exclaimed the pound for pound fighter. "His (Manny Pacquiao) head is small and then all of a sudden his head just grew? Come on...stop this! Go back and look at the pictures and tell me this man's head didn't just get bigger. You're going to tell me that all this sh%t is all natural? C'mon, man...stop this!"
While Floyd's claims regarding Manny Pacquiao's alleged steroid use isn't breaking news, the Las Vegas resident's shocking claim that he is avoiding the big money event because he is fearful of his future health most certainly is.
But, is Floyd Mayweather Jr. justified in his position regarding his slanderous allegations towards the Filipino icon?
According to Manny Pacquiao's promoter Bob Arum, Mayweather's comments have absolutely no credence.
In a statement released to the media by the Hall of Fame promoter in September of 2011, he affirmed that his fighter would indeed agree to expanded drug testing and allow the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency to administer the process, if performed in a joint effort with the regulatory body in whichever jurisdiction the fight occurs.
Arum's official statement is obviously old news to Camp Mayweather.
With the drug testing obstacle ostensibly overcome through negotiations, Floyd Mayweather Jr. reached out to Manny Pacquiao with a "genuine" attempt to make the highly anticipated mega-fight for a May 5th date earlier this year.
When Manny Pacquiao showed interest in fighting Floyd on the proposed date for an equally divided purse of 50/50, "Money" Mayweather refuted the offer and countered with a flat sum of $40 million.
"50/50 can't happen, but what can happen is that you can make more money fighting me than you've ever made in your entire career," stated Floyd Mayweather Jr on January 20th, 2012.
Now, Mayweather has seemingly run out of viable excuses.
The initial reason for not facing Pacquiao back in 2010 was the alleged cheating through the use of performance enhancing drugs. The motive for delay then shifted to a money disagreement earlier this year.
Mayweather now seems to be resorting back to his previous campaign with allegations of unethical and unsportsmanlike behavior, despite Manny Pacquiao's willingness to proceed with Olympic style drug testing.
If most fight fans and pundits were under the impression that Floyd Mayweather wasn't avoiding an eventual confrontation with Pacquiao purposely, Floyd Mayweather's recent actions and comments have thoroughly debunked that theory.
The biggest question looming in the minds of every interested sports fan is why?
Only one man truly knows, and it's highly unlikely the world will find out anytime soon.