Pacquiao vs Bradley 3 Buzzing: Did Manny Take a Page from Floyd?Written by Leroy Cleveland
Thirty-seven year old fight sensation Manny Pacquiao insists his next fight against Tim Bradley on April 9th will likely be his last.
Six weeks away from a Manny Pacquiao fight, the sports world is usually buzzing.. But not this time.
Pacquaio vs Bradley 3 had fallen off the radar as many believe it'll be a repeat of their their first two bouts and, as a result, have expressed little interest.
In addition, Manny was in training and keeping a low profile while other boxing news was stealing this bout's ink.
Pacquiao vs Bradley 3 was taking a backseat to other news...
Klitschko vs Fury 2 in negotiations... Canelo vs Khan announced... Canelo vs Golovkin in early talks... Joshua vs Martin signed... Ward vs Kovalev looking strong for this fall...
And, of course, Floyd Mayweather's bombastic excursion to the United Kingdom is making headlines daily. In fact, Floyd even threatened to return to boxing on May 7 to ruin Canelo vs Khan.
If there's anyone in sports who can play the media to generate headlines, its certainly Floyd - even when retired.....
But this time, 'Money May' was upstaged by an unlikely rival.
Yes, Manny Pacquiao's comparing gays to animals has the entire world buzzing.
This week, Floyd takes a backseat to Manny. Boxing takes a backseat to Manny. Heck, every athlete is taking a backseat to PacMan.
Is it a coincidence his comments came after the Super Bowl and NBA All-Star Game, and during a relatively slow news week in pro sports?
Everyone is talking about Manny Pacquiao again and if you weren't aware he's scheduled to face Tim Bradley on April 9th, you know now.
Anyone who has followed Manny is aware that he's not a proponent of the gay lifestyle but did he have to be so raw this time?
Was Pacquiao given the 'green light' by friends or others to unleash politically incorrect statements in order to breathe some life back into April's showdown?
Was he, in fact, advised to take a page from the Floyd Mayweather playbook?
It's totally unlikely he was encouraged but sometimes we're drawn by the lure of a good conspiracy theory.
Either way and like it or not, controversy sells and Manny is getting press again.
... And as Floyd Mayweather, Kim Kardashian and many others would attest, there's sometimes no such thing as negative press.
But perhaps Manny should have bet $20 Million on the Super Bowl instead?