Manny Pacquiao insists Floyd Mayweather is too concerned about that all-important "0"Written by Leroy Cleveland
They are the best, most accomplished fighters of their generation and Mayweather vs Pacquiao would be the highest-grossing fight ever so why hasn't it happened yet?
There are a lot of reasons and hearsay, and there's far too much complexity and speculation involving both sides to list everything.
Those who insist Floyd Mayweather is scared to get hurt or roughed-up by Manny are entirely wrong. Floyd is not scared to fight Manny Pacquiao. As a matter of fact, he's probably not scared of anyone, including accomplished fighters much bigger than himself.
But as Manny recently hinted, is Floyd a bit too pre-occupied with the prospect of losing?
Is Mayweather obsessed with his perfect record? He certainly brags about it often.
"[He is] not [scared] of fighting, but perhaps of what one night could do to his zero of losses," Manny Pacquiao told The Star Ledger.
In the amateur ranks, it's not uncommon for fighters to be no-shows at competitions or cancel at the last minute. As a result, it's easy to surmise they are scared to fight but these same fighters will go toe-to-toe with ANYONE during a normal gym session.
They aren't scared to fight. They'll fight King Kong behind closed doors... But many may be scared to come up short in competition.
Fighting in the gym is altogether different than "competing" when all of your family and friends are watching.
Imagine when the entire world is watching.
"... I think he is worried about his record. He talks about his zero losses. The zero that means so much to him means nothing when measured against who he fought," Pacquiao added.
"You talk pound-for-pound best, or undefeated champion. If you don’t defend against the best, none of that means anything."
Fortunately, and according to Pacquiao's promoter Bob Arum, the two stars "may" fight twice in 2015, provided they defeat their upcoming opponents.
Also, Manny and Arum will, apparently, allow Floyd to collect the higher purse and PacMan insists he'll participate in Olympic style in random drug testing in accordance with Floyd's request.
Floyd, if you are, in fact, consumed with your perfect record, keep in mind the greatest fighters ever, such as Sugar Ray Robinson and Muhammad Ali, have lost.
If you don't fight Manny, people will say..." He had a perfect record but didn't fight Pacquiao."
Ensure a rematch clause and fight Manny next year.
Regardless of the outcome(s), you are both all-time greats and the best fighters of your generation.