- Paulie Malignaggi: “A fight between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao isn’t even competitive”
Paulie Malignaggi: “A fight between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao isn’t even competitive”Hot
It’s been reported by numerous periodicals, that almost $200 million is currently on the table to fund a proposed super fight between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. The benefactors of the suggested amount are a group of investors out of the United Arab Emirates who are seemingly trying to lure Floyd out of his home turf in Vegas, and onto a more neutral battleground in Abu Dhabi.
Former two division world champion Paulie Malignaggi questions the validity of the offer to fight in Abu Dhabi, UAE.
“If the Abu Dhabi offer is true, I don’t know how you don’t make the fight,” states the Showtime Sports analyst in last night's interview with ThaBoxingVoice.com. “But a lot of times those offers are fishy and they never materialize. I remember when I was champion, I was given offers to fight in Abu Dhabi. But they’re never really secure offers.”
“But if the Abu Dhabi offer is true, I can’t see anyone turning down that kind of money.”
While many fight fans view the suggested purse split as a bit unfair, with almost two-thirds of the entire sum going to Floyd Mayweather, the “Magic Man” states that the recommended purse split is more than justified.
“I can’t say that Pacquiao’s not a draw, but when you’re PPV only sells one-third the amount of Floyd Mayweather, you probably only deserve one-third of the purse. Pacquiao and Arum shouldn’t have any problem with that. If you’re that confident that you’re going to win the fight, make the fight and renegotiate as the A side for the rematch.”
“But as it stands right now, Floyd Mayweather is the obvious A-side in this match-up.”
Although Paulie feels that the fight should happen for the good of the sport, the 34 year old Brooklynite doesn’t think this match-up will live up to its massive billing.
“Here’s the problem, anyone with a brain knows that this fight isn’t even competitive. Manny knows that this fight isn’t even competitive. Arum knows that the fight isn’t competitive. That’s why they want as much as they can for this first fight.”
“They know that there isn’t going to be a rematch. Man, that fight’s not even close. That’s what I keep telling people. That fight’s not even close…it’s all a mirage.”
Even though most fight fans believe that Manny Pacquiao would be the clear aggressor in the proposed super match-up, the former WBA Welterweight Champion believes that Money May would eventually and inevitably impose his will on his smaller opponent.
"Mayweather washes him,” emphatically stated Paulie Malignaggi.
”Mayweather walks him down. Everyone thinks Floyd’s going to run, but he’s going to walk him down. That’s how the fight would play out.”
“A lot of people are going to think that I hate Manny because I’m saying this, but no…just watch the two guys fight. If you can’t see that happening after watching both guys fight, then I don’t know what to tell you.”
“Stylistically, Manny shows a lot of unnecessary movement around the ring. That would come back to hurt him against a guy like Floyd, who doesn’t have much wasted movement in the ring. When you give ground to Floyd Mayweather, he’ll walk you down.”
“People think Floyd’s a runner, but he’s not. Anytime you see a fighter give Floyd ground in the ring, you see Floyd walk them down and cut off the ring. He’ll teach Manny how to proficiently cut off the ring.”
Despite the overwhelming observation that Mayweather has been receiving most of the blame for the super fight not materializing up to this point, Malignaggi points out that the public censure isn’t accurate.
“You’d like to see the fight just for the sake of boxing, but I really hate seeing the blame go one way,” states the expert color commentator. “There’s always two sides to any negotiation, and that’s what you have to keep in mind.”
“Floyd is the A-side here. Manny is the B-side. I was the B-side fighter during the first part of my career, and I didn’t get to pick anything during negotiations. Isn’t that how it works? That’s what the B-side does. The B-side shows up and tries to win.”
“There’s always an A-side and a B-side in boxing. That’s how boxing works. You cannot tell me that Mayweather is not the A-side in this fight. He’s undefeated, he’s been a champion longer…so Pacquiao is delivered as the B-side.”
“When you’re cast as the B-side, you’re the underdog, you don’t have very much say in the negotiations, you take what they give you, and you sign the contract. If you win, you come back as the A-side. And that’s what Manny has to do. This is how boxing works.”
“This is nothing new…the A-side calls the shots.”
“But they know that this fight won’t even be competitive. That’s why they’re so adamant about getting as much as they can for this fight.”
There’s only one way to find out…hopefully both men will eventually meet in the ring in 2015!