As Manny Pacquiao accepts the adulation of reducing Antonio Margarito to a Tijuana piñata, Bob Arum is drawing up a rematch for Miguel Cotto who will be given a chance of salvation against Margarito in 2011. Following Nazim Richardson’s discovery of Margarito’s loaded gloves, there is unyielding speculation questioning the legitimacy of his victories against Cotto, Kermit Cintrón and Golden Johnson. Whilst a Cotto v Margarito rematch is worthy of note, what the boxing world desires is for Floyd Mayweather Jr. to fight Pacquiao in 2011.
When you unravel Mayweather’s state of mind, there are extenuating circumstances other than boxing which provide valid reasons as to why he has given Pacquiao the cold shoulder in 2010. Mayweather’s racist and homophobic rant directed at Pacquiao summed up his year of antisocial behaviour. The allegations of domestic battery against his ex-wife where the witness is his ten year old son, his problems with the IRS and now allegations of battery against a security guard may lead to jail time. Then there is Mayweather’s uncle, trainer and father figure, Roger who allegedly punched and choked a female. He will be tried in 2011 and if he ends up in jail, how can Mayweather go into such a legacy defining fight without his trainer?
From a boxing perspective, Pacquiao’s momentous threat to Mayweather’s perfect record is the main explanation to his unwillingness to fight. Though Mayweather doesn’t take into account the likes of Joe Calzaghe, Michael Loewe, Sven Ottke, Harry Simon, Pichit Sitbangprachan and even Rocky Marciano aren’t considered as the greatest ever and they retired as undefeated world champions. Looking at the greatest ever boxers, Sugar Ray Robinson defeated 10 hall of famers and ended with 19 defeats (at one point was 128-1-2). Muhammad Ali’s legacy was defined by his fights with Joe Frazier and George Foreman and ended with five defeats. Joe Louis defended his heavyweight title 25 times and ended with three defeats. It’s would be a self-fulfilling fallacy for Mayweather to think he can avoid fighting Pacquiao and still be considered the greatest of his era let alone of all time. Perhaps as Pacquiao basks in the glory of being a world champion in eight different weight classes, Mayweather will finally accept he needs to defeat Pacquiao to solidify his legacy.
The Klitschko brothers whilst dominating heavyweight boxing are no sight for sore eyes fighters hence why lighter fighters like Oscar De La Hoya, Mayweather and Pacquiao have been major pay per view draws. David Haye can temporarily revive heavyweight boxing if he stops ducking the Klitschko brothers. Unlike Mayweather who avoids the topic of fighting Pacquiao, Haye consistently talks about fighting the Klitschko brothers however never follows up on his promises. Hopefully 2011 will be different because Haye knows defeating Audley Harrison will not garner him any credibility. Defeating a Klitschko will give him credibility but defeating both Klitschko brothers will establish a legacy.
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