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Why fans love Manny Pacquiao, and love to hate Floyd Mayweather Jr.

Karray Bradshaw Updated
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On Sunday night, June 7, at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, Florida, former five-division world champion Floyd Mayweather participated in an eight-round exhibition against YouTube personality and part-time boxer Logan Paul in front of about 30K fans.

Despite characterizing his opponent as "easy work" throughout the entire week leading up to the event, the 44 year old ATG was unable to stop the much bigger, 26 year old ring novice within the distance.

Immediately following the eight round "no decision", Floyd seemed understandably embarrassed when talking to the media at the post-fight press conference, and offered several reasonable explanations as to why he couldn't KO Logan Paul.

"He (Paul) can grapple," said Mayweather.  "He's good at holding...he's very, very good at holding. His whole goal was to survive, and that was a win for him. If he could land a few punches, then punch and hold, punch and hold, that was a win for them (Paul brothers). So if they happy, then so be it."

"I think if he tried to fight a lot more, then it probably wouldn't have gone to eight (rounds)."

Sounds like Marcos Maidana's excuses post fight, circa 2014, when asked why he couldn't KO Mayweather in two meetings.
 
It was at this point of the post-fight press conference where fans and media members were reminded as to why the sport is ultimately better off without Floyd as an active participant.
 
"When the money comes in, we'll see who's the real winner," said Floyd.  "Because at the end of the day, I'm going into the Hall of Fame for boxing, and I have nothing to prove.  If they're happy with holding and grappling for eight rounds, congratulations." ​
 
No, Floyd...no one is happy to see excessive grappling or holding by any fighter in survival mode or otherwise.  Fight fans, both casual and die-hard alike, want to see more "fight" in their fights...especially when a hefty PPV pricetag is attached.
 
Hopefully the egocentric businessman understands this longtime complaint from fans and observers.  Unfortunately, it's highly unlikely that the Vegas resident will ever understand why so many mainstream sports fans didn't care for his defensive style of pugilism while campaigning as an active welterweight champion.
 
On this day, Floyd's defensive mentality was solely confined to the post-fight presser, in which he further felt the need to explain why the fans didn't see a knockout performance, and why those who purchased the event are ultimately suckers.
 
"I'm able to come out at my age, 44, and still sell out 30K," Floyd continued to boast during the post-fight press conference.  "And still do crazy numbers to where I can make Showtime (streaming service) crash."
 
"Just leading up to the fight...my trunks alone were worth millions. With the patches on my trunks, that's worth $30 million alone.  So who's really the smartest one in the sport of boxing?  If you guys don't want to see me do no exhibitions, don't watch.  I'll come on record and tell y'all, when it comes to legalized bank robbing, I'm the best." 
 
According to Merriam-Webster, the informal definition of "robbing" is "to steal, or overcharge someone for something".
 
Yeah, that's the kind of ambassador the sport of boxing needs at this time.
 
"I'm truly blessed, and I'm not here to bash anyone,"  Floyd went on to say to the media in attendance.
 
Just a few seconds after making this half-hearted declaration, Mayweather began to "bash" his public rival and historic counterpart, Manny Pacquiao.
 
"When I come and do an exhibition, or come out (of retirement) and have some fun, I do it because I want to do it; not because I have to do it.  Whereas Pacquiao at his age, which is sad, he has to fight."

Why does Floyd often feel the need to compare his activity to that of the Pacman?  Jealously?  Hatred?

Make no mistake, Manny Pacquiao doesn't have to resume his professional fight careeer or compete against the best of the Welterweight division at age 42.  To be honest, no one has a clue why the sport's only eight division world champion wants to come off of a two-year period of inactivity and immediately take on the undefeated IBF/WBC champion, Errol Spence Jr.

In fact, most observers believe he shouldn't.  No one really knows why the 42 year old ring legend is choosing to challenge himself at this point of his illustrious career, but fans seem genuinely grateful that the Filipino puncher is still competing at such a high level.

The Pacman could easily follow Mayweather's lead and compete against someone like Conor McGregor or any other MMA combatant, and make millions doing it in a much safer "exhibition" of skill.

Money certainly doesn't seem to be the lone motivation for Manny Pacquiao, as it clearly is for "Money Mayweather".

Mayweather is absolutely correct when he says he has nothing left to prove to anyone.  But neither does Manny Pacquiao.  Both fighters' legacies are already cemented in the minds of every fan and critic, and the two rivals will be first-ballot Hall of Famers at the IBHOF in Canastota, New York.  As a result of their ring escapades, both Manny and Floyd will be set financially for the rest of their lives.

Floyd Mayweather will continue to enjoy the fruits of several sound investments, and the Pacman will continue to lead and work for his beloved countrymen.

If Money May wants to engage in an eight round exhibition against a YouTube personality, that's well within his right and no one should have problem with it.

But when Mayweather starts to boast about ripping off the hard working men and women who financially support our beloved boxing, that's where every die-hard and casual fan of the sport should draw the line.

Could anyone ever imagine Senator Pacquiao saying something as deplorable after a disappointing effort in the ring?  Or any other marquee attraction in another popular or mainstream pastime?

Try to imagine LeBron James talking about the millions he just made throughout the 2020-2021 NBA season immediately after being eliminated from the playoffs and putting forth a sub-standard performance on the court.

Heck, LeBron was heavily ridiculed for merely using the post-game NBA platform to plug his new Warner Brothers movie "Space Jam".

Could any fan of the NFL ever imagine Patrick Mahommes bragging about his annual salary of $21 million during the post game press conference after getting blown out by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the 2021 Super Bowl?

Fans will never hear another premier ambassador of any other league or sport talk about "ripping fans off" or participating in a "legalized bank robbery" at the spectator's expense.

They definitely won't hear Manny Pacquiao talk about his multi-million dollar purse should he come up short against Spence on August 21st.

This is essentially why millions of fans around the world continue to love Manny Pacquiao, and why these same observers merely love to hate Money Mayweather.  

So on behalf of the global boxing community: Please stay retired this time, Floyd, and enjoy watching an entire generation of fans and fighters become inspired by Manny Pacquiao, as he attempts to make history on August 21!

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