Floyd Mayweather: Still not interested in Manny Pacquiao, may change nickname?Written by Leroy Cleveland
After turning pro in 1996, Floyd was originally dubbed 'Pretty Boy' due to his ability to fight without being marked.
No cuts, bruises or blemishes... The defensive master, indeed, left the ring still pretty.
The nickname, however, was made famous by Charles Arthur "Pretty Boy" Floyd, a famous American bank robber.
In the early 1930s, "Pretty Boy Floyd" was a household name in the U.S. and he remains a legendary albeit controversial figure of sorts even today.
Not long after Mayweather was thrust into the mainstream following his victory over Oscar De La Hoya, he changed his famous, catchy moniker to "Money."
Now, it appears he's changing it once again.
Mayweather recently told the famed Kelly Mac of 107.3 JAMZ, "I don't really know... I think my new name will be 'Cash Cow,' hopefully."
Floyd "Cash Cow" Mayweather?
A bit confused, Mac replied, "Somebody told me.... 'Half a B.'"
"Half a B," (if understood properly), undoubtedly stands for half a billion dollars and, perhaps, represents his total or projected earnings.
Mayweather confirmed Ms. Mac's statement so there are seemingly two new nicknames being considered for the man soon-to-be formerly known as "Money."
Mayweather vs Pacquiao
When asked by Ms Mac where things stood with Mayweather vs Pacquiao, Floyd stated, "Pacquiao is 1-2 in his last three fights. That's where we stand."
Floyd also mentioned Juan Manuel Marquez, another Pacquiao rival, and made comparisons to his one-sided victory over Marquez in 2009 following a two year layoff to the Pacquiao vs Marquez fight saga that has produced four highly competitive bouts.
"I guess Pacquiao and Marquez fought 3 or 4 times. It's obvious he (Pacquiao) couldn't get it right the first time."
"Look at my pay-per-view numbers and his pay-per-view numbers and tell me what you come up with," professed Floyd.
Floyd Mayweather is the world's top fighter and the biggest draw in the sport and few would criticize him for demanding 60 or 70 percent of the purse for that megafight.
If Manny and Top Rank are willing to accept the low end of a 70-30 or 75-25 split, why not fight him?
There's no guarantee Top Rank would accept such terms as it's merely a hypothetical. Nevertheless, Top Rank would likely cede the lion's share of the purse in such a fight because Floyd's stock has risen since 2012 while Manny's has dropped.
Floyd is risking his reputation by not attempting to make this fight happen and his defiance may impact his earnings in future bouts.
Isn't Mayweather vs Pacquiao still Floyd's most lucrative fight... by far?