Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Had that Florida jury been given a strong charge on what weight to give to purely circumstantial evidence, accused baby killer Casey Anthony would not be free as a bird right now.
But the Sunshine State jurors had no such instruction and the widely-hated mother of innocent child Caylee Anthony walked if only to live a miserable, OJ Simpson like post-trial existence in the shadows.
I come armed tonight only with circumstantial evidence but please allow to begin to present my case.
I know it will be criticized as revisionist history since I staunchly and repeatedly defended Manny Pacquiao and his team from such allegations.
But I got with a lightning bolt today and that bolt made me realize that the infamous emails purportedly circulated in late 2009, purportedly sent by someone in Pacman’s Inner Circle, which were said to have been sent to Floyd Mayweather agents/representatives were not fiction, were not made up lies pushed to the media forefront, first through New York Daily News sportswriter Tim Smith and then by ESPN’s Teddy Atlas.
Remember, this email or plural emails supposedly asked:
1) What happens if Pacquiao comes up dirty on a random blood drug test?
2) If Pacquiao comes up dirty, can this be kept quiet?
I never called either Smith or Atlas a liar on this issue although I did chastise both for reporting it without ever seeing any such communication.
I stand by that criticism but the difference between January 8, 2010, when Atlas just parroted Smith’s earlier report from the tabloid newspaper over the ESPN airwaves is that I am now all but convinced that someone around Pacman did send such a moronic email or emails.
The person who I suspect did this was someone who was desperately trying to ingratiate himself with Pacquiao himself.
This person acted without any permission or authority from Pacquiao.
I have to think the Mayweather camp never “outed” the sender because they hoped for more damning communications or information to come their way.
You know, like when you have a reliable “spy” in the enemy camp. Why cut off your source, why reveal your confidential informant until you have milked that source completely dry?
Or, in this case, maybe I should say drained all “the juice” from said source until it is dry.
Tomorrow, I will reveal who the circumstantial evidence, and there is a mountain of same, points to as the unthinking miscreant in the Pacquiao camp.
I’ve got a strong feeling that even Pacman himself will be shocked to read this first installment and then my closing argument on Wednesday.
More to come…
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Honestly? When I wrote my article on 8CountNews.com calling for Manny Pacquiao to take the test, I took a lot of heat from the fans (Pacquiao's) most of which were guilty of knee jerk reactions. The context of my article was merely to force Floyd's hand so that he would have one less card to play with in regards to his decision to avoid Manny Pacquiao. Read that article HERE
A few weeks after I wrote that article, it appears as if Manny has indeed agreed to the random blood testing. With that said, now all attention turns to Floyd, and now we wait. The only other card that Floyd can play IF it's true that he truly does not want to fight Manny, is by pricing himself out of the fight. So, if by chance news breaks saying that Floyd is demanding some ridiculous amount of money like 100 million to fight, then it's quite obvious that he does not want to fight.
Pacquiao at this point has nothing else to do except sign a contract. He's now agreed to everything asked of him by the Mayweather's. It's put up or shut up time for Floyd and the boxing fans are waiting.
In the meantime Floyd is gearing up for Victor Ortiz and Manny is gearing up for Juan Manuel Marquez. Training camp for Manny will fire up sometime in September probably, and according to my sources the first part of camp will again be in the Philippines. Pacquiao should be back in Los Angeles at Wild Card in October.
Mayweather Vs. Ortiz could be a good scrap, but I sincerely believe that Floyd will be a bit too much for the younger Vic. Pacquiao Vs. Marquez will be a decent scrap. Marquez has already proved that he can hang with Manny, it's just a matter of can he STILL hang with Manny? Pacquiao is a completely different monster than what JMM saw last time he fought him.
Mississippians that I have spoken to in recent days believe that since Manny has agreed to blood testing, Mayweather needs to put up or shut up. I spoke with Chuck Priore of Mendenhall, MS a big Pacquiao fan. Chuck pulled no punches with his thoughts, " Floyd, it's time to put your money where your mouth is. You're good at rubbing your money in our faces, so now sign and fight Manny and show you aren't scared to fight." I also spoke to Jill Peyton, a Floyd Mayweather Jr fan from Biloxi, MS. Jill chimed in as well, " Floyd doesn't have anything to prove to anyone. He's undefeated, and he doesn't need Pacquiao. I guarantee he isn't afraid of fighting Manny Pacquiao."
It's crunch time Floyd.
For a long time now, both Mayweather Jr. and Pacquiao have been floating on the surface of every boxing related media report and update. Their names have taken over the front pages of boxing magazines and websites, and the drama that surrounds both athletes is becoming so popular, that it perfectly blends into the default or norm of their personas.
An unbelievable amount of resources has been put forth to make the two men fight, but no matter what happens and what is offered in compensation, the fight never materializes. Now, after all this time, the potential is back to new heights, with Mayweather Jr. saying that if Pacquiao agrees to the blood testing, he will face the Filipino sensation in the ring.
Pacquiao, despite claiming that he initially agreed to what Mayweather Jr. requested, has since been all over the place with his own stories and explanations. His potential usage of PEDs has been chewed over for years now, and this topic seems to stick.
Both fighters have to face formidable challengers in the ring in the near future: Mayweather Jr. will be facing a recently rejuvenated Victor Ortiz, while Pacquiao will be waiting for his former foe Juan Manual Marquez to close their drama filled history with a trilogy.
But what happened if both Pacquiao and Mayweather Jr. lose their fights? Will their losses make their potential fight less significant? Will interest be lost due to their downfall? Will the fact that Mayweather Jr. no longer carries an unblemished record make him less of a name?
Personally I don’t think so, but truthfully, I don’t know. I know that my interest in their fight will never be lost, and the significance will remain the same in my eyes, but what about you?
Being where they are right now, their fight would undeniably be one of the greatest (if not the greatest), highest grossing boxing event since boxing’s birth. But as records get damaged, untouched names acquire numerous question marks, and people’s opinions and views become slightly skewed. With this, doubts arise as the fighters lose credibility and popularity.
Of course I am not hinting that the fight would not get instantly sold out, or that it would not break the financial record, but what I am asking here, is whether it’s historical worth and impact will remain the same if either or both fighters lost their next fight?
Sunday, July 10, 2011
Manny Pacquiao appears ready to submit to random blood testing, but will that be enough to put him in the ring with Floyd Mayweather Jr.? Fans have longed to see Pacquiao put his WBO welterweight title on the line against Mayweather, but disagreements over the testing has clouded the prospects of the super bout occurring.
Bob Arum has now stated that Pacquiao will meet Mayweather’s demands and submit to random testing. But there still may be one snag. According to reports, they will not agree to the USADA performing the tests, instead calling for a neutral testing organization.
While this news has sparked a great deal of press, it is uncertain if Mayweather will agree to this stipulation. Mayweather wants the USADA to perform the test because he believes they are credible and he apparently is weary of tampering.
So although testing has been initially agreed to, get ready for the circus that will now ensue as both sides haggle over what constitutes a neutral organization. If Mayweather really wants this fight to happen, he will agree to a credible and supervised testing process by another recognized organization. If the whole concept of testing is just a smokescreen to avoid the matchup, then let the games continue.
The ball is now in Mayweather’s court. He is already eyeing Amir Khan as his next opponent and Pacquiao may be temporarily off of his radar. It’s my guess that we will now see endless squabbles over the USADA issue as well as cut-off dates for such testing. This could also create a precedent for future expensive testing for other fighters.
The two sides need to come to an agreement soon and make this happen. Politics do nothing for the sport and this issue is really no closer to being resolved than it was before this announcement.
Friday, July 8, 2011
Ultimate Pugilistic Supremacy
Olympic Style Drug Testing
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Good versus evil; Offense versus defense.
Pacquiao rocks his Nikes to rock and scramble his adversaries,
Mayweather dances on his Reeboks to rock his opponents' psyches- like a lullaby to sleep.
You get frustrated, tired of it, sequentially submit.
One is a crowd pleaser, the other more like a teaser,
Except for the connoisseurs- or those who pretend to be such.
A hero of the masses, a people's champion whose plight is to bring honor to his country;
A villain, anti-hero, who patronizes his riches and a master of self promotion.
Pacquiao is every much offensive as Mayweather is defensive.
Mayweather is very much offensive as Pacquiao is unabrasive.
One is reflective and deflects all glory to his faith, while the other battles his demons and wonders further greatness if he was born another race.
The braggart versus the humble warrior.
Humility versus embracing and yearning for celebrity.
So much difference yet in ways the same.
And you can start by recognizing their status as the clear cut cream of the crop simply on top of the game.
As one is being chased by all, the other gives chase. Two egos battling for a bigger piece of the pie, longing to be considered as the one true great.
Boxing has been lingering in mediocrity for quite some time now.
Promoters have done quite a job selling us fights and selling us hype.
This one however needs no selling.
This one is the reason the gods created boxing.
Don't take it from us, we deserve to see greatness.
Just like how our ancestors and aging boxing scribes tell us of Frazier and Ali of Golden times,
This is our chance to have something to tell our children that back in our time, we truly witnessed a spectacle of that special kind.
For once, let it not be about the fighters. Let it not be about the sport and the money to be made by it's promoters.
"Boxing", YOU owe us this much for sticking with you when many have said you've been dead for a long time.
If not now, when? Let this not be a tragedy of greed like Jones and Hopkins.
To put it succinctly, make Pacquiao vs. Mayweather happen.
Las Vegas (July 7, 2011)...Tickets go on sale tomorrow, Friday, July 8, for the biggest boxing event of 2011 "STAR POWER: Mayweather vs. Ortiz." The welterweight championship showdown, set for Saturday, Sept. 17 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, is the hottest ticket in the boxing universe.
"STAR POWER: Mayweather vs. Ortiz" is promoted by Mayweather Promotions and Golden Boy Promotions, and sponsored by Cerveza Tecate, DeWALT Tools and AT&T. The 12-round mega-fight, which will be contested for Ortiz's WBC Welterweight World Championship, will take place Saturday, Sept. 17 at MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nev.
Why "STAR POWER"?
"Floyd Mayweather is the biggest star in boxing and it was proven once again as media and fans turned out in huge numbers during last week's press tour. Mayweather's draw combined with Ortiz's desire to successfully defend his title makes the name of this fight, Star Power, a perfect fit."
- Leonard Ellerbe, CEO, Mayweather Promotions
"Victor Ortiz has the power and that is the story line. Is the star, the undefeated Mayweather going to remain undefeated, or is the power going to put a stop to that?"
- Richard Schaefer, CEO, Golden Boy Promotions
MAYWEATHER - The Star
· In his seven pay-per-view fights, Mayweather has generated a star-bursting 6.9 million buys and $375 million in pay-per-view revenue, $78 million of which was from his fight against Sugar Shane Mosley on May 1, 2010.
· Mayweather's star power has also attracted Hollywood's and sports' biggest name celebrities who have been seen ringside for his past fights including Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Muhammad Ali, Leonardo DiCaprio, Paris Hilton, Will Smith and Jamie Foxx. He has also become a crossover star with this fight marking his fifth HBO 24/7 series appearance, the most by any fighter.
ORTIZ - The Power
· In his world welterweight championship fight against Andre Berto on April 16, 2011, Ortiz showed his galaxy-like power inlanding 281 of 696 total punches thrown (40 percent) as opposed to Berto who landed 147 of 480 total punches thrown (31 percent).
· Sixteen of Ortiz's 22 knockouts occurred in the first half his fights. Two-thirds of his 33 fights have ended by way of knockout. All of this points to one thing...Ortiz's immense power is on display every time he steps into the ring.
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HBO®'s Emmy® Award-winning all-access series "24/7" premieres an all-new edition when "24/7 Mayweather/Ortiz" debuts Saturday, Aug. 27 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT. The four-part series will air for three consecutive Saturday nights before the finale airs the night before the welterweight championship showdown in Las Vegas.
Thursday, July 7, 2011
FightHype's exclusive Mayweather After Dark series sparked a ton of reaction, both good and bad, from fans and media alike. From diehard fans who were eager to hear more from the undefeated pound-for-pound champion to members of the media who had their own series of questions, the email has not stopped pouring in since the first video went up. Although I don't have all the answers, I do have some, so check out what I had to say to inquiring minds who want to know all about Floyd Mayweather, Manny Pacquiao and much more.
The Timeline was perfect definitely very helpful to the boxing fans out there. you're doing a great job. In my opinion if pacquiao wants to be considered the best pound for pound and he feels insulted that team mayweather seems to accuse him of taking peds then he should take the random test. That's the best way to prove them wrong. Anyways thanks again for the timeline. - patrick
BT: Patrick, that sure does sound simple, doesn't it? Just take the tests, whip his ass and ride off into the sunset! Call me crazy, but if someone insulted me, I'd love to have the opportunity to legally open up a can of whoopass on them. And on top of that, to get paid $50+ million to do it...priceless! At this point, even if Pacquiao were to win his lawsuit, I really don't think that will change the opinion of those people who actually do question his performances.
Sup Ben, I'm glad that I discovered your site. It's the clearly the best in boxing imho. The question/statement I wanted to pose for your next Mayweather Mail series is that I don't really understand the criticism of Mayweather and his opponents, it's my belief that it comes from people who don't have a clue about the sport but what I wanted to ask was this: If it was Mayweather that fought Manny's leftovers(ODH, Hatton, Mosley) and his very own in-house promoted fighters(Cotto, Margs, Clottey).......would you agree that people(media, critics) would go ape-shit over this yet Manny is given a pass time & time again. I just don't get it brah. Manny is the p4p #1 yet he's fought 3 guys AFTER Mayweather did(some at catchweights) and his own in-house promoted fighters all of which have severe flaws yet he's the greatest thing since sliced bread?? imho it has much to do with race than anything, Dan "know nothing" Rafael of Espn can't even write a positive article about Mayweather without bringing up the negative aspects of his life and it really just sickens me. Thanks for your time, Charles
BT: Charles, I agree. If the roles were reversed, Mayweather would still be heavily criticized. I don't necessarily think it has anything to do with race though. I think it has more to do with the fact that, thus far, Mayweather has never been pushed to the limit or even been in a really difficult fight, therefore, a lot of the media holds him to a much higher standard. In other words, he's looked so good, they can't help but to criticize him. They want to see Mayweather in a difficult fight and they want to see him "challenge" himself, so when he makes a fight look easy, they simply chalk it up to Floyd not "challenging" himself against "tough" opponents. I mean, even if you consider Mayweather's first fight with Castillo to be his toughest challenge, he still wasn't even pushed to the limit that much in that fight. He did what he had to do, but it wasn't the war that people want to see Mayweather in. The fact that he can dominate a fight and force opponents to essentially quit without taking any damage or letting his hands go is a frustrating thing for some people to watch, so they take their frustrations out by criticizing him. In Dan Rafael's case, I think it's just personal. He simply hates the fact that Mayweather doesn't talk to him. In his eyes, that's an insult since, after all, he's "the man" when it comes to boxing at ESPN, therefore, all fighters are supposed to respect his position and answer his phone calls.
After having read your latest post… you're definitely on one side.. I'm even more neutral than you… I love mayweather for the sake of the sport, the technique and skills, makes him definitely one of a kind… But I love Pacquiao as well, for his different style of boxing and his heart… they're both good for boxing specially to the real fans of the sport. BUT THE ISSUE ABOUT YOUR MAYWEATHER IMPLYING MANNY'S ON PEDS IS FOUL… there's no point of testing really… Mayweather should take the deposition first… I admire GBP for accepting their fault and for not being scared to apologize like a real man does… Be a man, show my posts this time. I've nothing but opinions. No dirty language or whatever. - Pocholo
BT: I wouldn't say I'm on one side or the other. Just like you, I enjoy watching both Mayweather and Pacquiao fight. I've said time and time again that I have no problem with Manny Pacquiao or his decision not to agree to Mayweather's request for random drug testing. Pacquiao has every right to say no, just like Cotto and Margarito had every right to say no to his request for a catchweight. I haven't placed any blame on Manny Pacquiao whatsoever. What I am doing, however, is trying to clear up some of the confusion that's been created due to inaccurate information. For example, the fact that you think there's no need for better testing, as if things are just fine and fighters aren't getting away with anything, makes me wonder just how much boxing you actually do follow. I've already mentioned two examples of fighters in defferent sports (Fernando Vargas in boxing and Thiago Silva in MMA) who were caught cheating only AFTER the fight was already over, but I can give you quite a number of other examples. Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., Ali Funeka, Ricardo Mayorga, and Joan Guzman ALL tested positive for using a diuretic AFTER their fights were over. Omar Nino tested positive for methamphetamine AFTER his draw with Brian Viloria. Mike Tyson tested positive for marijuana AFTER his win over Golota. Pernell Whitaker tested positive for cocaine AFTER beating Andrei Pestraiev. Vitali Klitschko has admitted to his own steroid use in the past. Even guys like Ricky Hatton, Joe Calzaghe, and Sugar Ray Leonard, although they never tested positive for anything, they've all been linked to cocaine use while they were still active fighters. Now, that doesn't necessarily mean that any of those guys ever gained a significant advantage over their opponents due to their usage, however, the fact remains that most fighters aren't getting caught until AFTER the fights are over and AFTER the damage has already been done, so it's clear to me that the current system of testing is flawed and something should be done in order to fix it. Now, is Mayweather's request for his opponents to take random drug tests going to bring about sweeping changes in the immediate future? Probably not, but at least it's shedding some light on the subject and getting the discussions started. As for Mayweather supposedly implying that Pacquiao is on PEDs, personally, I think that's irrelevant. Everyone is entitled to their opinion, and honestly, I've heard quite a few other people not named Mayweather who made far more direct accusations regarding Manny (Paulie Malignaggi comes to mind). In fact, this isn't even the first time that a fighter has been suspicious of another fighter. Mike Tyson accused Evander Holyfield of taking steroids. Likewise, Holyfield said the same of Tyson. Riddick Bowe also accused Andrew Golota of taking steroids. Even Vernon Forrest accused Ricardo Mayorga of being on something. The list goes on, but the point is, whether there's evidence or not, people are entitled to their opinions. There's no evidence that David Haye or Tomasz Adamek have ever used performance-enhancing drugs, but guess what? I know a lot of people who think they both have at some point. If Mayweather has that opinion of his opponents, then he has every right to ask them to take additional drug tests. There's no law that says you can't have an opinion.
Big Ben, Whats good wit you? Lliking the website and videos, good to see you a Mayweather fan -- as am I. Been a Mayweather fan since his pro debut, looking forward
to his next fight. Do you think Mayweather would be handing out tickets to his next fight? If so do you think you can send me a couple? Never had the pleasure of
experiencing a boxing event in person, would like to experience atleast once in life. Again, loving the website tell the team keep up the good work. God Bless, Q
BT: What's up, Q? I know Floyd definitely plans on running a contest or two prior to his fight with Ortiz. Recently, during a broadcast on his UStream channel, http://www.ustream.tv/floydmayweather, he announced that he would be giving away 2 tickets, airfare, and hotel stay to some lucky winner who was also a member over at ThisIs50.com. No details were given about the contest at the time, but he's definitely got something planned.
Hi Ben, enjoy reading your articles on Fighthype. You seem to have the most in depth knowledge around the Mayweather/Pac debacle so I wanted to get your thoughts on a previous scenario? For years Oscar the Golden Boy was the lottery ticket in boxing, he was the one fight that took Floyd to the level he is at now. Floyd earned the right to fight him and cash in and we all know that Oscar desperately wanted a rematch and even took a tune up with Forbes. Why would Floyd not punch the ticket twice? That is the most money in the game and he passed? Was it because first fight was too close for comfort? or the only other option was to face winner of undefeated Cotto/Margarito at the time? He retired and never pursued the one fight that would make more than any in a rematch with Oscar? Just wanted your thoughts on that? Thanks! - Ronnie
BT: Ronnie, I don't think it had anything to do with the first fight being "too close for comfort." In fact, I know it didn't have anything to do with that. Despite what the scorecards may have read, Floyd wasn't having any problems whatsoever with De La Hoya. He was actually having fun in there and, in my opinion, won the fight pretty easily (I have no clue what fight Tom Kaczmarek was watching, but I had it 116-112 for Mayweather). Just like when fans questioned his first performance against Castillo, Floyd was more than willing to do a rematch with De La Hoya. Truth be told, I think he walked away from it out of principle more than anything. It's pretty clear that Floyd Mayweather has always wanted the proper recognition for his talents, both inside and outside of the ring, that he feels he deserves. Whether people agree or disagree, as far as Floyd is concerned, he was the primary reason why his fight with De La Hoya shattered pay-per-view records. Don't get me wrong, I know Oscar De La Hoya has always been the draw when it comes to major pay-per-view events, however, what made that fight so big was the fact that the undefeated "brash and cocky" Floyd Mayweather was moving up in weight to challenge the beloved Golden Boy. The storyline had absolutely nothing to do with De La Hoya defending his jr. middleweight title. Instead, it was all about the fact that De La Hoya would be attempting to do something that has never been done before...hand Floyd Mayweather his first defeat. Not to mention, it was the first time that HBO introduced their award-winning 4-part series "24/7", an idea that Floyd Mayweather had a lot to do with as far as the buildup of the fight is concerned. So again, as far as Mayweather was concerned, he had a lot to do with the success of that event. As the two sides were negotiating the rematch, De La Hoya still demanded the bigger share of the purse, which was an insult to Mayweather, who obviously won the first fight and felt as though he was largely responsible for its success. Now, I'm just speculating, but my guess is that Mayweather walked away from the fight and "retired" in order to prove a point; essentially that he was the new king of pay-per-view and he should be compensated accordingly, otherwise, the pay-per-view market for HBO Sports would suffer without him. That being said, I also think he wanted to take a much needed break from the sport in order to recharge the batteries, but ultimately, I think it was more about feeling disrespected with the offer and wanting to make a statement. Whether or not he proved his point is debateable, especially since Manny Pacquiao was able to fill the void in his absence, however, ever since Floyd came back, HBO sure does appear to cater to him a lot more than any other fighter they work with, including Pacquiao (otherwise, you would have never seen Pacquiao fighting on Showtime).
You are obviously a mayweather fan but I still enjoyed reading it. It makes me laugh loud. Your stories are one side making it loose it's credibility but then again it's all business. Good or bad writing as long as people are reading, it will pay the bill. Thanks for entertaining us. Cheers. - Denver
BT: I'm a fan of all fighters. Just because I answer questions from fans about Floyd Mayweather, that doesn't mean that I don't like Manny Pacquiao. In fact, I've never said one bad thing about Manny Pacquiao and have always written positive articles about his performances. The point is, answering questions about Floyd Mayweather has nothing to do with my credibility. In my opinion, I think it makes me a little more credible because instead of writing opinionated articles about rumors, I actually contact him to get the truth. In fact, if memory serves me correctly, there were a whole lot of writers out there with stories about Leonard Ellerbe and Mayweather parting ways, but as I'm sure you now know, that wasn't true at all. That's why you never saw a story about it on FightHype. Instead of piggybacking off of some story that was totally inaccurate, like a lot of writers do, I simply got the true story from Floyd himself. I don't know how that makes me less credible than all of those other writers who got the story wrong. I guess the mere fact that I even speak to Mayweather makes me guilty by association, therefore I must be biased and not credible, right? LOL.
I just want to thank you for your indepth look inside Mayweathers life. The After Dark series was literally what Mayweather needed to do and it was great work by you. It seems the media no let me rephrase that the media always puts him down. I read articles by a certain journalist who covers boxing over at ESPN and all they do is talk the negative bout Mayweather. (except for when Mayweather paid for Genero's funeral he did give him credit) Anyways its good to hear from the horses mouth bout the situation with all the drama between Mayweather and Pacaquio. Im glad Mayweather got his side out. Now to my question with all this about drug testing (which I totally agree with it should be done because I think something doesnt smell right) my suggestion is for Mayweather instead of doing blood testing swap it out with hair testing its less intrusive and it could go back months to find out what a person was using. Keep up the good work please put out the 2nd round of negotiations out on your website. The 1st round timeline was great and very informative. Thanks for your time. - Adam
BT: Thanks for the kudos, Adam. People in the media are only human, and sometimes, certain individuals, like the one you mentioned at ESPN, let their personal feelings get in the way while they express their thoughts through writing. The majority of the people who write articles, however, are individuals who don't even speak to anyone in the industry. They're simply people who have started a blog or joined a "pay-per-click" website to express their opinions in hopes of becoming famous themselves, therefore, what better way to gain popularity than to write about all the negative headlines pertaining to Mayweather and the positive headlines pertaining to Pacquiao. It's basically a case of "monkey see, monkey do." Go figure. As for your suggestion regarding drug testing, I could be wrong, but I don't think hair samples are sufficient enough to test for all of the different performance-enhancing drugs. Obviously I'm no expert, so double check with Google, but I'm pretty sure there are some PEDs out there that can only be discovered using blood samples.
Hi Ben, Floyd has never asked anyone to take drug tests of anyone until his proposed match to Manny. Doesn't that say that he 1)suspects Manny of using; 2) does not believe he can win based on Manny's current performance because otherwise, he would not ask for a drug test; 3) Is most likely using this as a recourse because he knows of Manny's reluctance to take any type of blood tests close to a bout? I say this because if I were a confident fighter, I wouldn't have asked this of the opponent unless I have reservations about winning the fight. The fact he did this only starting with Manny says a lot. What do you think? Thanks! - Benjamin
BT: I don't think it really matters why Floyd asked for the drug tests. Whether he asked for them because he's suspicious of Pacquiao's performances or because he woke up one day and decided he wanted to clean up the sport, the fact remains, in order to make the fight a reality, he wants them done, period! I don't think he requested the tests in hopes of getting out of the fight. If that were the case, he would have never offered the 14-day cut-off when both sides entered into mediation. I can assure you that Floyd is extremely confident that he can beat Pacquiao, however, I do think that says a lot about Pacquiao's performances. Obviously, Pacquiao has looked so good that some people seem to think that he's using performance-enhancing drugs. Personally, I think that's a compliment, so if anyone should have the mental advantage, I would think it would be Pacquiao. I mean, if I was kicking ass the way he's been doing and someone asked me to take some tests, I'd look at that as fear, so I probably would have agreed immediately to take the tests, just to put a little more doubt into the mind of my opponent. Evidently, at the time that the request was made, Pacquiao's fear of giving blood too close to a fight far outweighed the opportunity to potentially have a phsychological edge over Mayweather. Go figure. But as far as Floyd having reservations about winning, I know that's not the case at all.
hey gayweather follower! why do you always have comments disabled when you have your anti-Pacquiao particle? lol... you're afraid to shit your pants reading all the moronic comments for you huh? that's becoz ur a moron. and how much did mayweather pay you to lick his balls? hahaha.... - Alfie
BT: Hahahahaha. That's simple, Alfie. Comments are disabled on most Mayweather and/or Pacquiao related articles and interviews because, for some reason, they seem to bring out some of the nastiest and most idiotic racist comments I've ever come across. Just take a look back at any one of our old Mayweather Sr. interviews (like this one, http://www.fighthype.com/pages/content5703.html) and you can find more than 20 pages worth of comments like, and I quote, "bem thompson still kissing nigger mayweather ass", "Fuck that Nigger! Stupid niggers always say uneducated things", "i dont know why some of the writers taking time to interview that black ass gorilla sr.", "Black assholes. First the nigger asks for tests, then wants to rob everyone of their money", BLACK PEOPLE always blame others but themselves. Its a BLACK THING", and "monkey Mayweathers should go back to Africa". We currently don't have the staff to moderate the comments on a daily basis, therefore, in order to minimize the problem, comments are disabled on anything that may cause that kind of response. Now, that doesn't mean you can't express your opinion. You're more than welcome to join the FightHype Community, http://www.fighthype.com/community, and express your opinions there, where we actually do have a team of moderators who stay on top of all racists comments like that.
Las Vegas (July 6, 2011)...Tickets for the biggest boxing event of 2011 "STAR POWER: Mayweather vs. Ortiz," featuring boxing's biggest star Floyd "Money" Mayweather and boxing's newest star "Vicious" Victor Ortiz, will go on sale FRIDAY, JULY 8 at 1:00 p.m. ET/ 10:00 a.m. PT. The Welterweight World Championship bout, set for Saturday, Sept. 17 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, is expected to produce meteoric box office numbers.
Tickets priced at $1,250, $1,000, $600, $300 and $150, not including applicable service charges, are limited to ten (10) per person and $150 tickets are limited to two (2) per person with a total ticket limit of ten (10) per person. To charge by phone with a major credit card, call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000. Tickets also will be available for purchase at the MGM Grand Garden Arena Box Office and online at www.mgmgrand.com or www.ticketmaster.com.
"STAR POWER: Mayweather vs. Ortiz" is promoted by Mayweather Promotions and Golden Boy Promotions, and sponsored by Cerveza Tecate, DeWALT Tools and AT&T. The 12-round mega-fight, which will be contested for Ortiz's WBC Welterweight World Championship, will take place Saturday, Sept. 17 at MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nev. and will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View® beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT.
"STAR POWER" in History: Did you know?
· The Space Shuttle Discovery made its final launch into space on February 24, 2011, the same day that Floyd Mayweather celebrated his 34th birthday.
· Victor Ortiz was born on January 31, 1987, the 29th anniversary of the first successful American satellite, Explorer I, launch into space.
· The first of the outer solar system asteroids known as Centaurs (minor planets that behave with characteristics of both asteroids and comets) were discovered in 1977 - the same year Mayweather was born.
· The first supernova (the explosion of a star) in more than three centuries was seen by the naked eye in 1987 - the same year Ortiz was born.
HBO®'s Emmy® Award-winning all-access series "24/7" premieres an all-new edition when "24/7 Mayweather/Ortiz" debuts Saturday, Aug. 27 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT. The four-part series will air for three consecutive Saturday nights before the finale airs the night before the welterweight championship showdown in Las Vegas.
After all the bad publicity, court appearances and alleged ducking, Floyd Mayweather Jr. is in perfect position for a potentially masterful maneuver.
If he can beat Victor Ortiz, Manny Pacquiao and Amir Khan in consecutive bouts, the oft-controversial fighter can cement his legacy as an all-time great once and for all and, at the same time, crush Pacquiao’s place in boxing lore with a giant hammer.
As Pacquiao prepares for a third and likely final match against Juan Manuel Marquez on November 12, the storyline remains the same as always. The Filipino superstar versus an over-the-hill, past-his-time big name – an event that will be forgotten 10 seconds after it ends. Similar to what happened with Shane Mosley, Miguel Cotto and the other victims, Marquez’s dismantling will no doubt be quick and efficient, but it will also leave a lot of questions regarding why Pacquiao insists on fighting competition that really isn’t any competition at all.
Mayweather, meanwhile, has a fight scheduled against Ortiz on September 17. The match will be the undefeated superstar’s first in over a year, and already, the heavy favorite is starting to feel a little bit like an underdog. Murmurs from all sides -- including Mayweather’s long-time allies -- indicate that Ortiz is in solid position for an upset and that he is a very capable adversary. Fans and critics alike are noting that Mayweather’s propensity for attracting drama may serve as too massive a distraction when coupled with his undeniable rust coming into this match.
Assuming that Mayweather can overcome the challenge that a southpaw 10 years his junior poses, he has already made it abundantly clear that he wants Pacquiao next. So long as the Filipino star agrees to adequate performance enhancing drug testing pre-fight requirements, the superfight that everyone has been waiting for can finally become a reality. Although a bout between the two is almost impossible to call, it’s difficult to not give a little bit of the edge to Mayweather in a potential match against Pacquiao. Mayweather, traditionally at least, has always been a faster and more tactically skilled fighter. What he lacks in Pacquiao-like glitz and a willingness to brawl, he makes up for in substance and a masterful defense.
Finally, if he can pull out a hard-fought win versus Pacquiao, Mayweather’s final target would reportedly be Khan. As talented a fighter as Khan is, he is not on the level of either a Mayweather or a Pacquiao. He would pose a bigger challenge than Ortiz, but not by much.
Mayweather has set some lofty plans for the next year or so, but they make sense. He didn’t come out of retirement for a quick payday, he came out to establish his legacy all the while destroying that of his biggest archrival. By accepting fights against his biggest and most competitive challengers while Pacquiao appears content fighting non-factors, Mayweather is sending a clear and concise message:
The King is here, and he wants his crown back.
Tuesday, July 5, 2011
It was in May of 2007, and Floyd Mayweather had finally done it. After outpointing Oscar De La Hoya for a title in his fifth weight division in front of the most viewed pay per view fight in history, he had finally been recognized by the world as something he knew he had been for a very long time; the best boxer on the planet and the best of his generation.
Not only was he the best, he was undefeated. No other man on the planet was capable of beating him. After the De La Hoya fight came millions of dollars, talk shows, celebrity appearances and mainstream star recognition. His identities of “Best boxer” and “Unbeatable fighter” were well intact and he thrived on it all. A knockout win over the over-matched but vastly popular Ricky Hatton only furthered his reputation and superstar status.
Then a funny thing happened; Floyd announced a very, very shocking and surprising retirement from the sport. He had finally reached the peak of his career and had just become a household name; why would he retire when every fight from here on out would earn him millions and make him a name for the ages?
Floyd claimed his heart was no longer into boxing, but upon further analysis it looks like it was a case of the old saying: To whom much is given, much is expected. The three major challengers lurking in the shadows during this time period were a very dangerous Miguel Cotto, a rugged Antonio Margarito and a rejuvenated Shane Mosley. Now that Floyd was given the recognition of being the best, it was time for him to take on the best. To fight these fighters in 2008 would definitely enhance his “Best boxer” legacy if he won, but it would surely put to threat his “Unbeatable fighter” tag as they had great potential to beat him.
So as Floyd battled his insecurities, something very special was happening. The void Floyd left in boxing by retiring was quickly being filled by a Filipino lightning bolt named Manny Pacquiao. After settling some scores with previous rivals, Manny went on to knockout De La Hoya and Hatton in a far more impressive fashion than the man known as “Money”. Not only that, but the seemingly superhuman Manny went on to destroy all three guys that Floyd did not engage with when he was on top; Cotto, Margarito and Mosley. All during the while Pacquiao totally eclipsed Mayweather’s five division titles with a world record and almost impossible to duplicate EIGHT division titles.
For the longest time Floyd refused to even acknowledge Manny at all, dismissing him as a flash in the pan and finding comfort that he still was the “Best boxer” and “Unbeatable fighter”. This all ended at the start of 2010, when Paquaio was awarded the prestigious Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA) fighter of the decade award. Seeing that he was losing his “Best boxer” identity to the Filipino sensation, he finally broke his silence about Manny saying that he was undefeated and Manny lost a few times already so it made no sense for Manny to get the fighter of the decade award. His reasoning fell on deaf ears but one thing was clear: Mayweather was now feeling the effects of the recognition Manny was getting and seemed to be very upset about it.
What followed for Floyd were several lawsuits filed against him for getting into altercations with security guards and other various random folks, him putting up YouTube videos on his Twitter page showcasing Manny’s earlier career losses and a semi-racist video recorded rant about Manny and how he is not even close to as good as he is made out to be. It was clear to all who were following this that Floyd was internally breaking down and Manny Pacquiao dethroning him and taking his “Best boxer” identity was the major reason why.
So why not fight Manny and get his identity back? Remember Floyd also carries a “Unbeatable fighter” tag due to his perfect record; and if the non-stop action Manny were to beat him and take that too he would have nothing left to his name.
It seems Floyd has now found that trying to keep his undefeated streak intact by fighting lesser challenges combined with staying on the sidelines AND maintaining recognition as being the best boxer of his generation is just not going to happen. Manny has imprinted his stamp as the best boxer alive right now and nothing Mayweather can say or do besides fighting the man is going to change that; and he seems to now know it too.
Mayweather recently announced his return to the sport after a year plus layoff. He will be taking on tough WBC champion Victor Ortiz, a young fighter who carries lots of power. During the press conferences for the upcoming bout, Mayweather openly challenged Manny and stated he wants him next. For the first time in long time, Floyd seemed focused and happy while looking a lot less irritated and uncomfortable than he has the last couple of years.
Everyone has to look in the mirror when facing doubts, and it is a fact that Floyd had many uncertainties in his life as Manny rose to extraordinary fame and he was being forgotten about. To continue to ignore the problem and to just keep reassuring himself he was really the best and Pacquiao was not superior to him would have done nothing but continue his downfall and keep him fading into a dark path full of pity altercations, lawsuits and no life direction.
It’s up to Floyd now to prove to the world that he really is the “Best boxer” and “Unbeatable fighter”. He stated he’d like to fight many more fights and even after taking on Pacquiao he is in the sport for the long term. Congrats for Floyd for finding his passion again and for getting his career / life back in some order and positive direction. It seems that he’s ready to finally take some risks to prove he deserves to be remembered in history as one of the best and that he deserves the praise, riches and fame; because as Floyd has learned the long, painful and hard way: To whom much is given, much is expected.
Over the past two years, there's been a lot of uncertainty amongst fans and media alike regarding the events surrounding the negotiations for the mega-fight between pound-for-pound champions Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao. In an effort to clear up the confusion, FightHype.com has put together an in-depth timeline detailing every major milestone that took place. From the moment that Floyd Mayweather came out of retirement to the minute that Manny Pacquiao's promoter Bob Arum declared the fight to be off, all of the major events that dominated the headlines are included. Only the facts are included in this definitive timeline. Links to mulitple outside references have been included for each date, so fans can draw their own conclusions as to what went wrong at each step of the way.
Part 2 picks up shortly after the first round of negotiations failed and both fighters moved forward with bouts against different opponents. After their victories, Bob Arum would tell the media that both sides were secretly working towards a resolution to once again try to make the fight a reality. The only problem is that nobody from Team Mayweather would acknowledge that a "second round of negotiations" ever took place. Take a look back at the events that transpired which prompted Bob Arum to set a deadline to await Floyd Mayweather's response after all terms were allegedly agreed to.
ALSO BE SURE TO CLICK HERE FOR PART 1 OF THE MAYWEATHER-PACQUIAO NEGOTIATIONS TIMELINE
Sunday, July 3, 2011
In the first part of my latest interview with HBO Sports' Bert Sugar, we took a look at this weekend's heavyweight title clash between Wladimir Klitschko and David Haye. Not wanting to leave anyone out, I was also sure to get Sugar's take on another one of the sport's biggest stories, the recently announced Floyd Mayweather-Victor Ortiz welterweight title showdown, set to take place on September 17th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Love him or loathe him, you can’t really understate what the braggadocios 34-year Mayweather brings to the sport, as the Ortiz matchup very well could be looked at as this year’s biggest extravaganza. Opening up on the matchup, you can sense Sugar’s enthusiasm being toned down by his personal curiosities.
"I just don't know if we will see the old Floyd Mayweather or an older Floyd Mayweather,” Sugar stated candidly. “He's been out for sixteen months. He seems to be, most of the time, and I was at the press conference, talking about Manny Pacquiao. And you have to understand Ortiz. What is he, 29-2-2 with 27 knockouts? He's knocked down an opponent in every fight, even the two he's lost and the two he drew. He brings power."
Ortiz certainly does bring some heat to the table, most recently evidenced by his April get down with then-WBC champion Andre Berto. In that fight Ortiz would survive two knockdowns of his own as he floored Berto twice himself on his way towards seizing the victory.
With the victory came the shattering of the notion that Ortiz was a quitter, as suggested by his June 2009 loss to Marcos Maidana, and Sugar feels fully that we have a different kind of fighter on our hands.
"I think he's come again as a main attraction fighter. I think he put that [loss] behind him. I think that was a regeneration of a fighter,” Sugar boasted of the 24-year old champion.
Saturday, July 2, 2011
Love him or hate him, Floyd Mayweather Jr. will go down as one of the best fighters of all time. He also will be remembered as someone who brought a magical tone, a mystique, to any event.
Mayweather was booed during Wednesday night's open-to-the-public outdoor news conference at L.A. Live to promote his Sept. 17 challenge to welterweight world champion Victor Ortiz at MGM Grand in Las Vegas (on HBO pay-per-view).
But when he mentioned that he must have Mexican fans because you don't get to be where he is without beating a lot of great Mexican fighters, he was enthusiastically cheered. Of the roughly 1,000 in attendance, 95 percent of the fans were for Ortiz.
Minus a catcall or two, fans hung on Mayweather's every word.
Reporters did, too, when they sat down with Mayweather following the proceedings. When Mayweather, perhaps the most beautifully polished boxer of the past 50 years, speaks, people listen. It's because he's a spectacular fighter, one who has multiple arrests and lawsuits against him. Controversy sells.
Sitting quietly at the dais and flanked by three of his children, Mayweather listened as Ortiz's manager, Rolando Arellano, loudly complained he was tired of hearing Mayweather and reporters talk about Mayweather's next fight being against Manny Pacquiao.
Arellano appeared to be angry as he spoke. Mayweather didn't care.
"We only want to fight the biggest and the best out there and Manny Pacquiao,
yes, you're next," Mayweather said after Arellano sat down.
There may or may not be a Mayweather-Pacquiao fight in our future. There still is the Olympic-style drug testing Mayweather will demand.
Pacquiao agreed to a modified version of blood testing in January 2010, but not to the random regimen outlined by the United States Anti-Doping Agency, and that's the biggest reason why the potentially record-breaking bout didn't materialize. Pacquiao then supposedly - according to his promoter, Bob Arum - agreed to the random testing in July 2010, but the Mayweather camp insisted there never was a second round of negotiations.
One of the current complaints against Mayweather is a defamation suit filed by Pacquiao, who alleged that Mayweather and his father (Floyd Sr.) and uncle (Roger) accused him of being on performance-enhancing drugs. That didn't stop Mayweather and his adviser, Leonard Ellerbe, from bringing that up Wednesday.
"In the wildest way, I can't imagine why anybody would be against more-stringent testing when something like that is better for the sport," Ellerbe said.
Mayweather, 34, said more than that.
"I represent the red, white and blue," he said. "In this country, they say Barry Bonds is cheating because he gained so much weight, but then - and once again, I'm not saying Pacquiao's cheating; I'm not saying that - but it's OK for him to gain that much weight. And you all say, `You know what, he's not doing nothing.' I don't know. I'm not saying it's true or false. I don't know if Bob Arum is paying you guys to write certain stories. I can't say."
Mayweather also spoke of a conversation he said he had with "Sugar" Shane Mosley after Mosley lost a one-sided decision to Pacquiao in May.
"Me and Shane talked and he told me the truth," Mayweather said. "These words are what Shane told me. He said, `Floyd, if I were you, I'd make Pacquiao take the test.' "
That fight won't happen if Pacquiao doesn't agree to the USADA testing, Mayweather said. And, he wondered, just imagine if the tables were turned.
"If I didn't want to take the test, oh, man: `Floyd Mayweather's hiding something,' " Mayweather said.
Several reporters interviewing Mayweather nodded in agreement.
As for Ortiz, it was Mayweather (41-0, 25 KOs) who reached out to Richard Schaefer, CEO of Golden Boy Promotions, about making this fight. Mayweather was on hand when Ortiz took the title from Andre Berto in April.
"It was a hell of a fight and it motivated me to want to get back in the ring," said Mayweather, who last fought in May 2010, against Mosley. "He's a young, strong fighter."
And one who was doing his best to create his own brand of controversy by cursing up a storm.
"I am the new WBC champion of the world and there is nobody that will pry that (expletive) out of my hands," Ortiz said.
Several hours earlier, during a telephone conversation, Ortiz (29-2-2, 22 KOs) bemoaned that he was strongly criticized by reporters after he was stopped in the sixth round by Marcos Maidana in June 2009. Ortiz quit, many wrote. Now, it sounds like Ortiz wants to make someone eat those words.
"I really don't care what anyone has to say about me," said Ortiz, 24, of Ventura. "The media destroyed me, so therefore, they gave me no love for anything. You guys took my heart from me and ripped it out.
"At the end of the day, I still have heart. I know what I'm here for. I know what I'm going to do to Mayweather, period."
Yes, lose, because Mayweather is just too good.
Even if they never step into a ring against one another, Floyd Mayweather Junior and Manny Pacquiao's names will forever be linked together.
As of right now, fans wonder if the pair will ever get past drug testing procedures, and other procedural hurdles to produce the most anticipated boxing event of the last fifteen years.
Yet, until Mayweather and Pacquiao battle, fans will question and compare them.
So with Mayweather fighting on September 17 against Victor Ortiz, and Manny Pacquiao due to box Juan Manuel Marquez on November 12, fans have debated - "which is the better fight?"
During a public press conference for Mayweather - Ortiz last Wednesday night at the L.A. Live complex, I asked approximatley 100 fans at the event which did they perfer: Mayweather's move, or Pacquiao third fight with Marquez.
Apparently, Los Angeles is a Mayweather strong hold, with 68 of those polled gave the nod to his fight with Ortiz.
"Mayweather is fighting a live, young opponent," said Jaime Felix of Studio City. "Pacquiao is just fighting an old man, he has already knocked down a bunch of times."
Many in the crowd felt Mayweather was taking a calculated risk in squaring off with a young, dangerous puncher in Ortiz.
Pacquiao and Marquez were not without their supporters.
"This is the fight boxing has been waiting for," said Hector Ramirez of Los Angeles. "Pacquiao has been ducking Marquez, and now he is taking the toughest opponent out there."
Some fans over hearing Ramirez's comments reminded him that Mayweather easly defeated Marquez in 2009.
Ultimatley, pay per view figures and box office tallies will decide which bout was more popular.