Last night at his post fight press conference after his
‘victory’ over Victor Ortiz, Floyd Mayweather first collapsed into tears for a full minute (more about that later), then had a few things to say about Manny Pacquiao. Mayweather’s rant on Pacquiao:
“This boy [Pacquiao] just don’t want to fight. All he’s doing is fighting my leftovers. I beat Ricky Hatton when he was undefeated. After I beat Ricky Hatton then they go and fight him. I beat [Oscar] De La Hoya at the weight that he chose. He chose the weight, he chose the gloves. He beat De La Hoya at a weight he hadn’t made in twelve years. They say Shane Mosley’s best performance was when he fought Antonio Margarito. I beat him and they say he’s over the hill. But then after knocking Antonio Margarito out, a guy who got caught cheating, who’s with Bob Arum, and should have been banned from the sport for good. You know how it is. I don’t take anything away from Marquez. He’s fighting Marquez and we know Pacquiao got his ass kicked twice. We already know this. I took two years off and fought Marquez. They said you’re too big for Marquez, but you’re not too big for Pacquiao and they’re the same size. I just don’t understand it. They said they offered me a certain amount of money. How can they offer me anything? I do the offering. Pacquiao has a boss. He has to get his business in order. When he fights, he gives up 30 percent of his check, I get 100 percent of the revenue. I don’t need Pacquiao. Every time I go out there I’m going to make $70 million. I don’t need Pacquiao. Where was he in 96, 97, 98, 99, 2000, 2001 when I was dominating the game. Now when I’m 34 they say this guy wants to fight. They didn’t ask me when I was in my twenties or when I was in my teens. I tell you reporters the same shi* over and over and over again. If were to go up right now to heavyweight and compete with the Klitschkos, you would say ‘Floyd Mayweather is on something.’ But a man goes up from 105 to 154 and you say ‘oh, it’s all natural.’ C’mon man, wake up. Pacquiao is famous because he is attached to my name. When they say Pacquiao, they say that’s the guy they are trying to get to fight Floyd Mayweather. When they say Floyd Mayweather – they say that’s an all-time great.”
Now, rebutting Mayweather is probably not worth the keystrokes but just in case anyone doesn’t remember — Mayweather fought Hatton at 147 after Hatton had fought his whole career at 140; Pacquiao fought and destroyed Hatton at Hatton’s preferred weight of 140. Pacquiao came up two full weight classes to take on ODH; oh, never mind. The point here is that my take on it is that Mayweather post Ortiz (meaning post having gotten shoved around in the fourth round by a volume puncher before ending it with a sucker punch, and further meaning Mayweather with his raw emotions pretty much exposed, witness the bizarre crying episoe) wanted nothing to do with Pacquiao, and that is probably a clue.
Regarding Mayweather collapsing into tears at his post-fight press conference, here is what Kevin Mitchell of the Guardian, who was there, wrote about it:
An hour after extending his record to 42 wins from as many fights and claiming the WBC welterweight title in the MGM Grand Arena on Saturday night, the 34-year-old Mayweather stopped in mid-tribute to the many people who surround him and cried. For fully a minute the fighter with a mouth as fast as his fists and instincts fashioned on the streets was a blubbing, speechless wreck.
Richard Schaefer, chief executive of Golden Boy, handed him a bar towel and Mayweather wiped away the evidence of his emotional vulnerability. Bemused reporters watched and waited to question him about the sneakiest of late right hands that left Ortiz in a heap in his own corner at the end of the fourth round.
Anyway, it’s probably to soon after the Ortiz fight to make too much sense out of Mayweather’s behavior — but pulling back from it all, it just doesn’t seem to me to be very likely that Mayweather is going to risk his “O” in a fight with Pacquiao after he narrowly escaped being exposed by Ortiz, who was defnitely behind Mayweather at the end — but was coming on and seemed to be walking through mayweather’s best punches, and was starting get up a head of steam and gaining confidence. Would Ortiz have beaten Mayweather? Probably not. But from Mayweather’s perspective, the young fighter who rehydrated to 160+ pounds was definitely evolving into a legitimate threat as the fight went on, and it’s a very good thing for Mayweather that he didn’t have to go on past the 4th round.