Mendoza: Mayweather is ego and pride to the very end

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By Al S. Mendoza

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Sunday, December 15, 2013


HERE we go again.

Proving to be as fickle as the weather, Floyd Mayweather Jr. is saying he might yet fight Manny Pacquiao next year.

Again, it has triggered sparks flying in the air.

How many times has Mayweather said that? Wanting to fight Pacquiao again after repeatedly saying PacMan has disappeared in his radar?

Has Mayweather become the Weatherman of the Year, if not the Decade?

He tells us about a sunny day in the horizons, only to falter in his prediction like a pastor’s heavenly scenario gone sour.

Mayweather is reentering the same, old scene and declaring he is ready to fight anyone in May, including Pacquiao. This, after insisting that the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight will never, ever happen.

“For 17 years, they’ve put men in front of me,” Mayweather said. “I beat them all.

Whoever they put in front of me in May, it will be the same. I will beat him.”

What might be the reason behind this sudden Mayweather U-Turn? Again?

Mostly in the past, he’d back out of it after failing to wangle for a bigger piece of the purse pie.

Mayweather isn’t called Money for nothing.

For the right price, he’s going to give in when negotiations get messy somehow. Ask Bob Arum. Ask Oscar De La Hoya. Ask Mayweather’s father.

But what about now that Mayweather’s singing the same old tune—fighting Pacquiao? In May? What could be the reason behind Mayweather’s monumental change of heart?

I guess it’s got something to do with age.

Mayweather is pushing 37 now. One more year and, at 38, he is old hat. Old fogey.

Nearly 20 years in the boxing business to include amateur bouts could ignite the bones to creak, the reflexes to get dull for the unbeaten loudmouth.

Thus, for Mayweather, he might as well make the one fight that can—with winnings that could hit an all-time high—secure him not only his rightful place in history but also a fortune that could last even five lifetimes.

For all his greatness, still, he will never be genuinely great if he hasn’t met—and beaten—Pacquiao.

This time, his pride and ego, more than money, will make him fight Pacquiao in 2014.

(alsol47@yahoo.com)

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on December 15, 2013.

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