Stephen A. Smith was more than just a little excited as his daily radio show began at 1pm ET this afternoon.
Anyone who has been following the New Yorker's consistent and unwavering opinions in regard to the showdown between Floyd Mayweather, Jr. and Manny Pacquiao got an earful earlier today.
"It’s a beautiful day!", said the eccentric radio and television personality as his show went live. "We’ve waited for so many years.
"Six by my count, although some of you may count five. Manny Pacquiao will face Floyd “Money” Mayweather, Jr. on May 2nd in Las Vegas!”
By all accounts, the goal of plethoras of fans worldwide to grab a ticket to the Mayweather vs Pacquiao bout is beyond the reach of most due to the exorbitant prices which could leave one with a permanent tick.
Smith took the fan's perspective and the understanding that a mega matchup such as this comes around only once in a cream cheese moon as he commented, "This is boxing and we’ve been consistently robbed over the years. We’ve waited so long for these fights to come to fruition."
"They’re talking about breaking monetary records, but who cares? This means that Floyd Mayweather, Jr. will not retire without fighting Manny Pacquiao at least once and that Manny Pacquiao will not retire and move onto the Philippine congress so soon."
It wasn't so long ago that the boisterous host from Brooklyn was somewhat at odds with boxing's pound for pound and dollar for dollar champion. Perhaps one of the reasons he was so happy throughout last weekend was due to the fact that the announcing of Mayweather vs Pacquiao deviated his attention from Floyd's past opinion of him.
Smith had recently stated that "Money" Mayweather's career would be less than worthy of a gold sticker if he didn't fight the whirlwind fighter from General Santos City.
Floyd Mayweather made it clear that he valued Stephen A.'s sentiments of his boxing ledger with the same grain of salt as a flying type of object that began with an "F" and wasn't in reference to a Finch. He was overcome with elation as he stood by his pre-fight pick to win and to do so running away.
"Floyd will pick Manny apart. That’s right, I said it!", exclaimed the always colorful Smith.
"Manny is an exciting fighter with knockout power in either hand, but Floyd Mayweather, Jr. is not Joshua Clottey or a washed up Oscar De La Hoya. He’s certainly not Chris Algieri or Timothy Bradley.
Smith continued in the one forum where he cannot be interrupted. "I understand how big Manny Pacquiao is and how he doesn’t crumble under the bright lights, but he’s never stood across the ring from Floyd Mayweather", he added and quickly made a somewhat unfair comparison to Floyd's record breaking September 2013 bout with Saul "Canelo" Alvarez.
"You saw how Canelo Alvarez couldn’t touch him."
The beauty of having one's own radio program means that callers can be screened, adjusted and even blockaded at the behest of the one behind the microphone. Stephen A.'s assessment of the upcoming clash of boxing titans was just as clear today as it's been for as long as the topic of a Mayweather, Jr./Pacquiao bout has been on the sous chef's table of sports talk.
He expects the man originally from Grand Rapids, Michigan to go nothing short of disco roller rink around and through his foe who has set the Pacific Rim afire with delight and anticipation.
"I don’t think Manny understood what he asked for and now there’s a price to be paid. Manny Pacquiao only knows one way to fight and that’s straight forward. I hope he’s ready because Floyd is always ready."
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