Manny Pacquiao ridicules Floyd in tweet: Why Mayweather won't biteWritten by Leroy Cleveland
Yesterday, fight legend Floyd Mayweather defeated Tenshin Nasukawa (28-0 in kickboxing) in the latter's native Japan in an exhibition.
(Mayweather vs Nasukawa video below)
Although the 20 year old Japanese sensation appeared far more polished than former Mayweather foe Conor McGregor, Floyd was reluctant to carry his opponent this time.
Aggressive and accurate, Mayweather, who earned $9 Million, dropped the smaller Nasukawa three times in the opening round prompting the young man's corner to throw in the towel with about 50 seconds left in the stanza.
"What a joke!," a friend texted me this morning.
Several months ago, there were rumors Floyd would give longtime rival Manny Pacquiao a rematch in 2019 but talks have seemingly fizzled since.
Pacquiao, who would love nothing more than to get Floyd back into the ring, couldn't refrain from taking a jibe at Floyd yesterday on Twitter.
“Here is an early New Year’s resolution,” Pacquiao wrote in a Tweet. “To continue to only fight experienced opponents who are my size or bigger.”
Ever the showman - and businessman - Mayweather somehow manages to generate a lot of revenue for facing grossly overmatched opponents. McGregor was bigger than Floyd but lacked boxing skills while Nasukawa obviously has some skills but was smaller.
Andre Berto was overmatched against Floyd Mayweather... But Conor McGregor and Tenshin Nasukawa were grossly overmatched. And yes, anyone who thought McGregor had a prayer against Floyd doesn't understanding fighting nonetheless boxing.
Can't blame Floyd
Officially retired today, Mayweather, who turns 42 in February, entered a semi-retirement of sorts after fighting Manny in 2015.
At this point, Floyd Mayweather wants to earn as much money as possible without taking any risks whatsoever - Any who can blame him?
If you could get a handsome paycheck for easy fights, wouldn't you pounce on the opportunity?
Floyd's objective: Earn as much money as possible while taking little or no risks.
Mayweather vs Pacquiao 2
Does Floyd want any more tough fights?
Answer: Probably not.
It's difficult to see Floyd agreeing to rematch with Pacquiao unless an ungodly sum of money was at-stake.
Risk vs reward... He earned $9 Million last night but $19 Million wouldn't be enough for Floyd to face Manny again.
So, why did Floyd start rumors of the possibilty for Mayweather vs Pacquiao 2 if he had no interest in facing Manny?
Answer: Floyd probably wanted to get people talking about him again in order to generate some momentum for his exhibition with the Japanese kickboxer.
We know, or can at least assume, PacMan would face Floyd for far less money than he received in their first bout so cash is no object with Manny.He's wanted revenge ever since the verdict was announced in the waning moments after their May 2015 bout.
Manny insisted he entered that bout severely compromised after aggravating an already-torn right rotator cuff in training three weeks prior to the event. Moreover, he insists he wasn't allowed to take legal nubbing agents which would have reduced the pain during the fight. As a result, Manny believes the fight was stolen from him and wants nothing more than to fight Floyd again.
Should Manny defeat Adrien Broner impressively on January 19, it would raise PacMan's stock but probably not enough to produce the level of interest and subsequent purse sums to lure Floyd.
Not only is Floyd adverse to taking risks these days, he dearly wants to protect that all-important "0."
...And Manny would be a big threat to Floyd's unblemished record.
People seem to forget that Manny, in addition being far more active than Floyd since their May 2015 bout, has looked dynamic in 3 of his last 4 fights while facing quality opposition.
He soundly decisioned Tim Bradley (then 31-1-1), dominated Jessie Vargas (then 27-1), dropped a controversial decision to Jeff Horn (then 16-0-1) who he nearly knocked out in Round 9 of a messy, mauling affair and looked 29 years old again in KOing Lucas Matthysse (then 39-4).
Although, as a fan, I'd love to see Mayweather vs Pacquiao 2, I would advise Floyd to stay far away from Manny at this point.
Mayweather vs Nasukawa