Floyd Mayweather put on the performance of his life on May 5, defeating Miguel Cotto for the WBA super world light-middleweight title via unanimous decision. With the win, there isn’t much left for Mayweather to accomplish in boxing, besides a super-fight against WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao.
“Let’s give the fans what they want to see,” Mayweather said after his win against Cotto. “They want to see Mayweather and Pacquiao.”
Of course, Pacquiao will need to win his June 9 bout against Timothy Bradley before serious negotiations can begin with the Mayweather camp.
Under normal circumstances, Manny Pacquiao shouldn’t have any problems against the less experienced Bradley, but it’s hard to predict the Filipino congressman’s current mental state. From legal problems to issues with his training staff, Pacquiao is under more stress than he’s accustomed to, and I don’t think he’ll be at his very best when he faces Bradley.
Many boxing fans blame Pacquiao’s promoter, Bob Arum, for the fruitless dialogues between the two camps in the past, and the Top Rank promoter is sticking to his usual bag of tricks – refusing to admit his role in the failed negotiations. He even had an interesting take on the Mayweather-Cotto bout.
“[Floyd Mayweather] looked very, very vulnerable,” Arum said during an interview with Boxingscene.com. “It was a good fight and I had Cotto winning 5 rounds to 4 after nine rounds and then Cotto faded down the stretch and that Mayweather won the fight but not as wide as the scoring. … [He] is great with that shoulder roll that just blocks the right hand but he can’t defend against the left hand. You see how Cotto was hitting him with that left hand almost at will, and if he’s fighting a southpaw who has a punch like Pacquiao, he’ll suffer. He doesn’t want to fight Pacquiao.”
Given Bob Arum’s comments, it’s hard to see a Mayweather-Pacquiao fight ever happening. Mayweather isn’t bothered by that though, and he’s more than happy to walk away from the sport with his current accomplishments.
“There really isn’t anybody out there for me to fight,” Mayweather said at the post-fight press conference. “So I really don’t know where my career is going to go from here. … I’ve been feeling like [I want to retire] before this fight. Like I said before, if it is my last my fight at least I gave the fans [what they wanted].”
Ronnie Nathanielsz, “Arum, Koncz: Mayweather Doesn’t Want Pacquiao Fight”
Rick Reeno, “Mayweather Ponders Retirement, Admits Options are Low”
David is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and boxing practitioner who has watched and studied MMA for the past 9 years. Send him your questions @davidkingwriter.