Floyd Mayweather: It's time for Money vs Pacman

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Collective guilt is a feeling which we at times cannot just drop like a bag of bricks. It sets in and can take hold, yet the worst feeling is the one which includes thoughts beforehand that would normally steer us clear of a shaky decision.
Despite all of its legal troubles and potential ramifications, let us thank our collective makers for the short twelve hour window that separated Floyd Mayweather's rendition of the tango with Marcos Maidana and week number two in the NFL.

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At times during the still unbeaten champion's wide victory over "El Chino" Maidana, we could almost picture Floyd joined hand in hand with a group of people. They'd be circling the ring and loudly singing, "ring around the rosie." That childhood keeper would be fitting once we consider that it was actually a jingle associated with the Bubonic Plague of the fourteenth century.

If "Money" Mayweather is indeed "TBE (The Best Ever), then one with such a coronal moniker wouldn't have chosen to take any rounds off the way he did in round twelve, for example.

Remember his "knockout" win over "Vicious" Victor Ortiz three years ago? Although perfectly fine within the rules of the sport, many derided the tactic as a trap door and sidebar to the paying customer. Legions of fans of boxing and sports in general were of the opinion that the best fighter on the planet would not have needed such a way out.

There were many points during Saturday night's bout where the same could have been said about Floyd and his approach; Ones which would have made safety first look like sliding down a giant razor blade into a pool of rubbing alcohol.

Granted, Mayweather used the Sweet Science to his advantage at all costs, whether it happened to be the cost of a ticket to the event itself (and the hyper inflated costs associated with it), a closed circuit viewing elsewhere or the $80 price tag (high definition, including taxes) to watch it at home.

Over the past 36 hours or so, boxing purists and casual fans alike have been quick to call up the ring hardened exploits of Julio Cesar Chavez, who got to fight number 89 before his first loss (forgetting his 1993 bout with Pernell Whitaker, of course or the twelfth fight of his career; history on that one is a bit shady).


The man from Culiacan, Mexico was as tough as they have ever come and he didn't win or lose fights because he didn't waste time skipping around the ring.

The high points of Floyd's output with Maidana had to be of course the fact that he knew just how to capitalize on the Argentine's "fist first, think later" style. Boxing 101 tells us that we treat our lead jab like the telephone. Out goes the jab, so out goes the phone. Back comes the jab and in turn the phone straight back to our ear and we keep listening.

Marcos Maidana repeatedly chose to hang up the phone (i.e. drop his left hand) and found out over and over again that he had the wrong number. It's as if he spent the whole night prank calling his Las Vegas antagonist and was finally told to shut up by the operator.

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It was only a matter of time until "El Chino" would decide to rough house and go cage fighter on Floyd at times.

In the end, the scores were spot on, for the most part. This writer had no argument with the final tallies, yet his guests asked why this guy was so great if he never managed to even throw his opponent off balance.

It's become sooner because there is no later. Provided Manny Pacquiao defeats Chris Algieri in November, then there can be no reason to stand in the way of a bout that should have taken place during Barack Obama's first term in office. Lastly, do it right on Saturday, May 2, 2015.

Don't hold what is still perhaps the biggest fight of this generation at the banged up hockey arena at the MGM. The place is a fire hazard in terms of getting in and out, but ultimately it simply does not hold enough people.

If we're going to get stuck with a potential $100 price tag on pay per view, then at least give the buying public a chance to see it live. A legitimate chance, that is.

In other words, follow the cue of Pryor/Arguello I and drop the event in a venue the size of the Rose Bowl in southern California.

Make it an evening to remember for all the right reasons.
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