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Thursday, November 18, 2010

Enough of the undercards, Floyd – Manny let’s get it on

I can appreciate excellence as much as anyone and it is simply a joy to watch Manny Pacquiao operate as he dissects opponents one after the other en route to an unprecedented eight titles. Not since the days of Sugar Ray Leonard has someone at that weight generated as much of a following and become the biggest draw regardless of weight class. However Ray Leonard did have his ‘mega fights’ that still decades later have transcended the sport and now it’s time for Manny to have his. Leonard faced Hearns, then Hagler (with one eye) , Ali fought..well everyone, and while beating up on fighters that might be quality in their own right but not world class might make you great, it doesn’t make for an all-time champion and that would go double for Pretty Boy Floyd. Finishing unbeaten is amazing and there’s no doubt about that but it’s about time you face the best in the business as all other before you have. As a member of the general public and press I think I can speak intelligently for both parties when I say the census is that this isn’t about money and one of the two doesn’t want to lose what he has, and I’m leaning toward Floyd. Requesting drug test when nothing seems to warrant them is similar to starting fights at the weigh-in, hoping to get a disqualification of delay, just like biting an ear during a fight does. I still loved watch you fight but when you came back you wanted nothing to do with Hollyfield or Lennox and it was poignantly obvious. So Floyd if that’s the case then own it and stop blaming everyone from the Pac-man camp, to drug testers, to Michael Buffer and let us know that this is not going to happen so we all can move on. The stock of the “fight of the century” is dropping slowly and the window is closing so you’ve got about six months to make this happen or we might as well file it as the best that never was and you both can move on to your post boxing avocations. We know what the Congressman will be doing, but you still want to be a player in the fight promotion game then what better catalyst than your own mega fight? Just one more attempt at getting you to sign the bottom line and get back in the ring where you belong and where we all want to see you. Do you think the ‘fight of the century’ will ever happen? Let us know here and in any of the quick links.

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