Hola familia y amigos, welcome back to a huge head shaped edition of Central America’s highest grossing weekly pugilistic paper, The Sunday Brunch – If boxing was a lecture at Harvard’s Memorial Hall, we’d be Neil Degrasse Tyson, Bill Nye and Richard Dawkins all smushed into one easy-to-swallow – but difficult to wrap your brain – around Flintstones Vitamin shaped pill. We’re hot off of our two week, sixteen city whirlwind tour that culminated in Bogota, Colombia and we smuggled in the freshest, most uncut boxing talk you’ll find this side of the Panama Canal. We have Mayweather-Pacquiao issues to discuss and we’ll find out who had the largest cranium in Las Vegas Saturday night. With that being said, I gave you your instructions in the dressing room; what I say you must obey – Cuidate, escucha me, toca los manos y buena suerte…Let’s get it on!
“My comment to Mayweather’s comment is NO COMMENT.” – Bob Arum
For those of you have been living inside the Tora Bora cave complex in Afganastan, Floyd Mayweather, live on Friday’s Showtime’s boxing broadcast, finally addressed the fight that everyone wants to see. The pound-for-pound kingpin also mentioned that there will never be a 50/50 split of the revenue – and rightly so.
Yes, Manny Pacquiao is still an amazing fighter, has he lost some of his power? Sure, but if you look at his most recent bout against the ever-retreating Chris Algieri, the Filipino seems to have regained his passion for the sport and put on a dominating, high-end show.
Still, Manny Pacquiao’s Pay-per-view numbers have been significantly lower than Mayweather’s (which are down in recent years as well), which means that, in legitimate boxing (as a sport) fashion, Floyd Mayweather is the “A” side and Manny Pacquiao will have to settle for being the “B” side.
“I would love to fight Manny Pacquiao.” Floyd Mayweather would tell Showtime’s Steve Farhood “We tried making the fight happen years ago; we had problems with random blood and urine testing. Like I said, I just want to be on an even playing field…Now he’s in a very tight situation. He’s lost to Marquez, he’s lost to Bradley. Pay-per-view numbers are down, they’re extremely low. He’s desperate. I wanted that fight a long time ago; I’m just waiting on them.”
Mayweather would go on to say that the fight would have to take place on May 2nd (the same date reserved for Canelo Alvarez and Miguel Cotto…Whenever Cotto agrees to the contracts) and must air on Showtime Pay-per-view.
The truth here, people, is that Manny’s promoter, Bob Arum is the only stumbling block. I don’t believe that this version of Pacquiao will have problems submitting to random blood and urine testing – especially for what will likely be a 30+ million dollar payday.
The problem is that, Arum either didn’t want to end the mystique behind the fight (the bout is widely considered the ‘big one’- even for non-fans), or he just is that greedy where his cut has to be so big that it interferes with Pacquiao’s guarantee.
Don’t forget, when both Yuriorkis Gamboa and Juanma Lopez were shooting stars several years ago, this is the same man who said “I know what the fans what [in reference to a fight between the two] and they can go fuck themselves.”
Never forget that.
Since Mayweather is likely going to low ball them (after an offer of 40 million dollars – which was flatly refused some years back), Manny Pacquiao will have to either settle for (relatively) low money and tell his promoter to go fuck himself, or perhaps the fight will never see the light of day.
In other fake news…
I know what some of you are saying. It’s all over Facebook and Twitter. Amir Khan should fight Floyd Mayweather and he has the speed to beat him. I get it. You were impressed by his good showing in routing Devon Alexander.
For the record, if they do ever face each other, Floyd Mayweather counters his flurries all night and makes it look rather easy.
Khan did indeed look good on Saturday night and the American never even got on the board on this writer’s card.
Yes, Khan is fast. Quick in both hands and feet, but I contend that he doesn’t have the same power he used to have when he was dropping Marcos Maidana with two beautiful body punches (not the ending part where he ran for his life, though) some years back.
Perhaps the change stems from his getting fat between fights. We’ve all seen the pictures of him flopping his man tits out at the beach with his hot wife (Listen, Amir. Stop hanging with Ricky at the chippers).
Khan has kind of morphed his fighting into a swarming style, perhaps his trainer Virgil Hunter has to do with the change. The Bolton Brit has retained most of his speed, but rather than crisp, clean shots landing throughout, Khan looked flashy, but didn’t really hit with authority.
Certainly with mid-to-rear seating – or with a less than up-to-date eyeglass prescription – khan’s combinations look incredible, but upon closer inspection, Amir Khan didn’t appear to have that much sting on his punches.
Don’t get me wrong, he definitely out-worked Devon Alexander. The Saint Louis native was never able to really get off any of his punches and looked to be stuck in park while Amir Khan was zooming past him in his lime green Lamborghini Aventador.
Seriously, though. Devon Alexander or Timmy Bradley…Whose head is more gigantic?
On a side note, Victor Ortiz and Andre Berto need each other. Boxing needs them together, too.
Thanks for joining us again, we’ll be back next weekend with more Walking Dead pontifications along with tips, tricks and codes for the Nintendo Entertainment System. We’ll have randomly configured words, catch phrases and dangling participles and perhaps some fantastic new Devon Alexander ‘Huge Head’ memes. Let us know in the comments below that this was too long and you didn’t read this by typing out “TLDR”. Send all love letters to JESSEBOXINGTRIBUNE@GMAIL.COM and pretend we’re tight IRL on Twitter @JESSEBOXING. Until next time, sante.