Cotto Vs. Mayweather: Has Money May Officially Been Exposed?

Boxing, The Fam — By on February 3, 2012 at 4:01 am


By Dave E. Gold

How many of you are already bored of this whole Mayweather vs. Pacquiao talk? I know I am, but yet, here I am writing about it, and here you are here reading about it. We can’t deny that this bout intrigues us to the fullest and that perhaps we only have ourselves to blame for thirsting so much for a fight that really should have taken place years ago, thus, making the matchup itself almost pointless and, dare I say, overhyped? But I know you’re all going to pay $60 bills to see it, and I know my ass is gonna pay $60 bills to see it, so why pretend we’re not interested? It’s not like MMA has anything interesting going on these days. (That’s a completely separate discussion.)

It was a fresh 66 degrees in Las Vegas yesterday, my friend bragged about it, perfect weather to have one’s license reinstated. Floyd Mayweather rolled up to the Grant Sawyer State Building in his white Charger SRT for his license hearing. As y’all already know, Floyd was originally set to start his jail sentence January 6th but was able to push that date back to June 1st, so he could fight in May. All that remained was the permission to do so in Las Vegas and, of course, the name of the opponent. The session was about an hour long, and most of the questions the commission had for Floyd were about his criminal case. Las Vegas playing the part of attempting to protect the integrity of the sport with Commission Chairman, Raymond Avansino, leading the Mayweather inquiry. Floyd sat at a fold-out table across from the commission made up of six members. The entire hearing seemed informal, to be quite honest, and Floyd wearing street clothes drove home that point even more so. Floyd’s eyes looked tired and for the first time, aged.

Nevada State Athletic Commission: “Do you have an opponent for May 5th? Are you ready to reveal that opponent?”

Floyd Mayweather: “Yes I do…..Miguel Cotto.”

And there it was. May 5th was officially NOT the date Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao would meet, but most of us in the know already knew that. And that is certainly no reason to scoff at this Mayweather vs. Cotto matchup. Absolutely not. Floyd Mayweather (42-0) and Miguel Cotto (37-2). These are two future Hall of Famers and Cotto is as exciting a fighter as they come. He boxes, he punches, he’s got heart. A great opponent for Floyd and despite what many say, has the tools to hand Floyd the first loss of his career. The question is, will he use them? Castillo, De La Hoya, Mosley and Ortiz all had the tools to defeat Floyd Mayweather, but none of them used them fully. Shane was best equipped but absolutely refused to let his hands go. He was scared of the counter more than he really should have been. And Castillo actually beat Floyd, in my opinion, but no way you win a decision against Mayweather.

Then there’s Miguel Cotto and Manny Pacquiao. Two names that Mayweather has been accused of ducking in the past. Well, now Cotto is 31 and, finally, Floyd has accepted a fight with him. This now leaves Pacquiao looming. But Floyd is doing 90 days in June and Pacquiao, refusing to wait, is planning a fight during that time. Rumors of a November matchup have started, but so many factors are involved that it’s too early to speculate. One thing is certain, though, and it’s this: Fans are losing their patience.

So.

What’s really preventing this Pacquiao vs. Mayweather showdown? Well, to be honest, the same ol shit: politics, money, power, bad blood and fear. Yes, fear. Many will disagree with me but I am entirely convinced that Floyd Mayweather is flat-out nervous about fighting Manny Pacquiao. Always has been. And why shouldn’t he? Manny is fast, powerful, a southpaw and will give Floyd many angles while applying the pressure. We also can’t forget the Freddie Roach factor either. So there’s no reason for Manny to duck Mayweather. None. And if you recall, Manny openly called out Floyd last November and said he really didn’t care about money anymore and offered Floyd the “bigger piece of the pie.” Now that he had his wealth, family, and position in congress, he was quite content with life, publicly ridiculing Floyd, but in a manner that most likely went over Floyd’s head, who seems to have the exact opposite life of Manny outside the ring.

But perhaps the newest evidence as to who is responsible for stalling this fight comes from Pacquiao’s adviser, Michael Koncz. Koncz was given full authority by Manny to negotiate a deal with Floyd and to make this fight happen on May 5th. Normally, Koncz would keep his one-on-one conversations with Floyd away from the public, but Floyd’s foolish tweets and dishonest quotes have forced him to expose Floyd for the dodger that he is.

To put it simply: Pacquiao had agreed to Floyd’s terms to be blood tested everyday up to the fight with exception of the day of the fight and a revenue split of 45-55, 55 going to the winner of the bout. Floyd refused. And Koncz reminded Floyd that if “You’re the best fighter in the world, then no problem you’re going to get the extra ten percent.” That would include all PPV revenue and everything on the backend. Floyd’s guaranteed purse was an estimated $50 million, Manny’s would only be around $40 million, an attempt to buyout Pacquiao by Floyd who had no desire to split the revenue with Manny? This is beyond unreasonable and can only be interpreted as an indirect method of DUCKING Manny Pacquiao.

So what Floyd has done here is taken his in-ring tactics of running, bobbing and weaving and used them to evade the possibility of fighting Pacquiao. Think about it: Although the world’s Pound For Pound Champion, Manny Pacquiao, is no where near his prime, the guy is getting old and is banged the hell up. Going at it with Marquez THREE times has had to have its effects on his body. He didn’t get a mid-career retirement to rest his body like Floyd did. There’s a pattern here to Floyd Mayweather. Look at every notable opponent on Floyd’s resume; they were either passed their primes or significantly smaller than Floyd. Hand-picked. Mayweather even paid Marquez to come in heavy at their fight. I mean, c’mon. That’s garbage.

If Floyd Mayweather was really as great as he claims (better than Sugar Ray Robinson, according to him) then why would he need to stall on Manny Pacquiao and force Manny to take on other bouts to get worn down even more before he accepts a fight with him? That’s what’s really going on here. Floyd is trying to tip the scales more in his favor here by stalling on Manny. But doesn’t that also run the risk of him losing a step, too? No doubt Floyd’s fast, the fastest we’ve seen since Roy Jones and Ali. Zab, in his prime, was fast. And Amir Khan is pretty damn fast, too. But Floyd was/is slightly faster. But everyone loses steam, and Floyd will be no exception. The question is, will he have begun to slow down by the time he and Manny actually meet? How effective will his counter-punching be? Floyd is a defensive genius and a master at the philly shell and shoulder roll. But again, this may all come down to who has deteriorated the fastest and, of course, who has more will.

But, I digress.

On May 5th, we have a championship bout on our hands, and it’s no tuneup fight, by any means. Miguel Cotto is a warrior, battle-tested and has a great shot at upsetting Floyd Mayweather. He’s a smart fighter, but will Floyd’s hand speed dismantle his gameplan once he steps in the ring?

Mayweather is already hyping: “I’m going to stand there and box toe-to-toe, use my defense and do what I do best, and that’s get the victory…” we all know damn well that Floyd Mayweather doesn’t stand toe-to-toe and fight with anybody, much less a power puncher like Cotto. But we’ll see on May 5th. Vegas has Mayweather as the favorite at -550 right now.

Floyd will have to meet with the Nevada Commission again on May 1st to ensure he has kept up with their agreement and avoided anymore arrests. Stay classy, Floyd.

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    13 Comments

  • A couple of things to point out…

    1) The reason why Castillo/Mosley/DLH couldn’t use their “tools” to defeat Floyd is because Floyd is that damn good. Its a reason he’s undefeated and 42-0.

    2) Manny ducked the blood testing for an extended period of time, long enough to at least think that he was dodging the fight for other reasons as well. If you’re going to hold Floyd to task, be sure to hold Manny to it as well.

    3) Everything else here is based off of if’s and think’s and virtual opinion, which is cool. However, we will be privy to a great few weeks of boxing but we risk losing the fight everyone wants. Blame is on both sides and I can’t forgive either of them for it.

    But I’ll still pay that money and watch the fight.

    -Ed.

  • Dave E. says:

    I respectfully disagree Ed.

    Castillo flat out beat Floyd IMO. DeLaHoya didn’t make adjustments. And Shane dropped his balls and was scared to let go of his punches. These are all things they could have changed to win that fight. It wasn’t so much of Floyd imposing his will on them.

    And I don’t blame Manny for refusing to blood test. That’s an insult and Floyd knew he’d offend Manny, thus getting Manny to stall. Floyd’s not dumb, dude slick. Great PR move there. But no way you’re taking blood from me the weeks/days before a fight without LEGIT reasoning or suspicion. FOH is what I woulda told Floyd.

    There’s alotta opinion in this piece. I left out Arum for a reason. But as far as me attacking Floyd’s resume, Koncz’s statements and the revenue split….those are all FACTS brotha. No denying that. They’re facts. And they jus so happen to be the most relevant pieces supporting my case.

    Everything else is fluf. And I’m fine with that.

  • Dave E. says:

    I respectfully disagree Ed.

    Castillo flat out beat Floyd IMO. DeLaHoya didn’t make adjustments. And Shane dropped his balls and was scared to let go of his punches. These are all things they could have changed to win that fight. It wasn’t so much of Floyd imposing his will on them.

    And I don’t blame Manny for refusing to blood test. That’s an insult and Floyd knew he’d offend Manny, thus getting Manny to stall. Floyd’s not dumb, dude slick. Great PR move there. But no way you’re taking blood from me the weeks/days before a fight without LEGIT reasoning or suspicion. FOH is what I woulda told Floyd.

    There’s alotta opinion in this piece. I left out Arum for a reason. But as far as me attacking Floyd’s resume, Koncz’s statements and the revenue split….those are all FACTS brotha. No denying that. They’re facts. And they just so happen to be the most relevant pieces supporting my case.

    Everything else is fluff. And I’m fine with that.

  • Moses says:

    I completely disagree.

    1) Pacquiao said he’d take a cut to fight Mayweather? Sept he declined the fight when offered 40mil. Cause he wants an even split.

    2) Bob Arum has made an array of excuses from Pacquiao being afraid of needles, to pacquiao having a cut that Marquez left (in what I feel should have been a loss to Pacman) not healing in time for the may 5th fight date. When other fighters were able to heal a similar cut in a month an a half.

    In my opinion I feel Pacquiao is ducking Mayweather. And always has been. And with his last fight against Marquez he knows he should have lost and he has lost confidence in himself. I feel Mayweather would dominate Pacquiao throughout most of the fight. And Bob Arum is scared his money maker might just lose.

  • Rodney says:

    “You’re the best fighter in the world, then no problem you’re going to get the extra ten percent.” Floyd still say NO!

    This is gold right here, Floyd will never run out of reason not to fight Pacquiao.It’s so clear the best is scared of Pacquiao.

    The truth can’t be denied, Floyd escapes is he want’s more money if Pacquiao said OK Floyd if you want more money how about winners takes all? then Floyd will say Blah, blah, blah, i need you to take a DNA testing to prove you are Human. better yet i will take a vacation..

  • Dave E. says:

    Moses.

    Na man. I mean, your statement doesn’t even make much sense man, I’m sorry. I’m thinkin you didn’t read the piece carefully.

    I alrady explained the blood test issue. There has to be boundaries. Remember, Mayweather NEEDS Pac to solidify his resume, Pac doesn’t need May, AT ALL. And healing cuts…..really? That’s so circumstantial I won’t even address it.

  • Dave E. says:

    Rodney.

    It is Gold….it is Gold.

  • JT says:

    Idc who is wrong but the fight needs to happen. But pac man is wild and that reason alone Floyd would pick him apart. After the Marquez fight Floyd gained more confidence because of pacmans performance. IMO. Floyd dominates opponents you can’t take that from him. But I think there is doubt on both sides of the fence. In I personally think we don’t get the full story from.both camps.

  • boss says:

    Ummm if I’m not mistaken floyd makes everybody do random blood testing. Does he not? And Manny is a great fighter but he hasn’t looked good against clottley and marquez and he makes all these fighters lose 7 to 10 pounds in weight to fight him…
    When was the last time manny fought a fighter that was young and powerful and at a natural reepectable weight? Floyd took on ortiz shane oscar and hatton while they were at the top of their game and or coming of impressive wins…. And nominated the one person manny has yet to beat convincingly…
    Now that’s facts

    • dubatl says:

      What impressive win did oscar come off of? I think he lost 5 fights by then friend. Mosley again 37yrs old and he almost knocked floyd out. He said he’s neck locked up and he couldn’t throw anymore punches or he’d finish him in 2nd round. Floyd could’ve fought 6 7 yrs before that but he was scared. And with odds 550 for a cotto win I got 500 on cotto. But whatever happens thanks to mayweather for stepping up hopefully u lose and I get paid but if not maybe he ll feel confident enough to fight manny before they get 40

  • dubatl says:

    That’s a joke he took on shane in his prime boss. Seriously he was almost 38yrs old son. U obviously can’t be objective. Facts are like this not to many guys win a tittle(beating zab juddah) then don’t fight another champion in that weight divison while jumping between old guys(oscar) and smaller guys(hatton). All the while avoiding mosley for6 yrs cotto for 5 then margrito clottey and manny were all or still champs in divison and didn’t fight any of them. most padded 42-0 you’ll ever see! And to set record straight floyd didn’t ask oscar or ricky hatton for drug test it was when manny came to picture he started looking for a way out. Now its money even though since mayweather has come out of retirement manny has been ppv king averaging more ppv per fight than mayweather wouldn’t agree to 45-45 extra 10 going to winner cuz he’s scared

  • This article is TRASH

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