Pacquiao Watch: Sorry, no Floyd in 2012By Edwin Espejo Dec 26, 2011 7:14AM UTC
Boxing and sports writers are reported to have gone to Las Vegas jail to see for themselves what kind of accommodation Floyd Mayweather Jr will be accorded when he begins his 90-day jail sentence.
The flamboyant American was sentenced to serve time after pleading guilty to a lesser battery domestic violence charge and did not contest two other harassment charges hurled against him.
He was also fined US$2,500.
Mayweather could serve his sentence considerably less for good behavior, however.
Still, his recent legal woes all the more doused any hopes (again!) of him and Filipino boxing idol Manny Pacquiao facing each other in what undoubtedly will be the biggest fight in this millennium.
If Mayweather serves the full length of his sentence, he won’t be able to train fully for a May date with Pacquiao. Any thought of seeing him of maybe outboxing Pacquiao in May will remain just it – a thought.
Pacquiao and his team will have to find a bankable opponent for his expected first fight next year. Maybe even plan ahead and plot his future bout in the second half of 2012 sans Mayweather. No more waiting for the American.
Remember, Mayweather still has to make his deposition on the libel case Pacquiao filed against him. And until this case is dismissed or dropped, there is no way the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight going to happen.
Pacquiao has gone on record saying he is willing to settle for less money – percentage wise of the fight purse – to have the fight pushed through. He also repeatedly said the contentious drug testing is no longer an issue for him.
Pacquiao, in filing the libel case against Mayweather, said his reputation was soiled by accusations he was and is using performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs).
Mayweather and Pacquiao almost closed a fight deal late in 2009 but last minute drug testing demands by the American scuttled the mega fight of the century.
In November this year, Mayweather said he is taking the fight with the “best little man out there” without mentioning Pacquiao’s name. Everybody believed then that it was Pacquiao the American was referring to. Could be. But, it is not to be.
Come on. If you continue to believe Mayweather after all obvious attempts from his end to avoid Pacquiao, you could end up as the kid who still believes in Santa Claus.
Until Mayweather signs the contract and dons the boxing gloves to answer the first bell, nobody should believe he is taking the fight with Pacquiao.
That’s how quick people forget.