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Manny Pacquiao is willing to take the short end of a 60/40% split of the purse but is Floyd Mayweather too afraid to fight him?



Will Floyd 'MONEY' Mayweather ever stop talking and fight Manny Pacquiao? - DEWALT POWER TOOLS FIGHT NIGHT CLUB 2010 photo

Why was 30-year-old New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony too injured to play for his team but well enough to play 30 minutes in the NBA All-star game? - NBA photo

21-year-old Anthony Davis prefers to heal and play for his team - NBA photo


Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch was the center of controversy during the Super Bowl prompting the question why the BEAST FEAST? - (Stephanie Rush, Pacific Regional Medical Command Public Affairs r - photo)



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Controversy reigns in the world of sports with Manny Pacquiao, Floyd 'MONEY' Mayweather, Carmelo Anthony and Marshawn 'THE BEAST'' Lynch taking center stage. The question is.... WHY?



Tuesday, February 17, 2015


When in his last fight Floyd Mayweather defeated challenger Marcos Maidana he earned $32 million. Mayweather topped the Forbes and Sports Illustrated lists of the 50 highest-paid athletes of 2012, 2013 and recently the Forbes 2014 list, currently making Mayweather the highest paid athlete in the world.

The question is why is Mayweather so cautious about fighting Manny Pacquiao? When the fight was first proposed MONEY as Mayweather is referred to, created a fuss insisting that Pacquiao undergo blood tests to search for drugs in his body. The fight is again proposed with Pacquiao agreeing to take the short end of a 60-40% split of the purse believed to be worth $250 million. Agreeing to a short end $100 million payday is not a bad payday. The problem is there are several problems that have been overlooked regarding Pacqiao's chances of winning.

Mayweather is playing head games with the Filipino. In December Pacquiao agreed to the conditions of the fight which was to be finalized and announced at the Super Bowl game. That never happened with the primary excuse that the fighters are signed to different networks for the televising of their fights. The two networks HBO and Showtime have to come to an agreement of how the fight would be telecast and the financials.

The fight agreement was then to be reported this past weekend at the NBA All-star game. Mayweather was the individual at the game who stated that the details of the fight have yet to be worked out. Again Mayweather is taking center stage of talking about the proposed event. He has Pacquiao responding to all of his requests.

Although the Pac Man 36, is a year younger than Mayweather he has had more fights 64 to Mayweather's 47. While Mayweather is undefeated Pacquiao has lost five times including brutal battles with Juan Manuel Márquez the last of which Marquez knocked Pacquiao out in the 6th round. That loss followed a loss to Timothy Bradley in which he lost his WBO Welterweight title. His record now stands at 57-5-2.

Pacquiao is known to love to party and hang out with his entourage. He has spread himself too thin by having too many things on his plate most notably being an elected politician. He also enjoys performing on stage as a singer and appearing on television shows. He purchased and plays on a professional basketball team.

On the boxing front his skills are deteriorating since he's been unable to knock anyone out in six years. The last time he did so was against Ricky Hatton on May 5, 2009. He followed that up with a TKO against Miguel Cotto on November 11, 2009 to win WBO Welterweight title. Since that time he hasn't shown much punching power. He won a close majority decision against Marquez November 12, 2011 in a bruising fight that many feel Marquez won and physically took its toll on Pacquiao.

Since the Cotto fight in 2009 nine of his 12 fights have gone the full 12 round distance. The only fight that didn't was when he was KO'd in the 6th round by Marquez December 8, 2012.

During Mayweather's career he was only three of his 26 KO's were clear cut KO's, the remainder were TKO's. He is a five-division world champion, having won ten world titles and the lineal championship in four different weight classes. Pacquiao is the first and only eight-division world champion in which he has won ten world titles, as well as the first to win the lineal championship in four different weight classes.

The bottom line is it could have been a great fight when Pacquiao was hungry but not now since he has too many outside interests that will could his focus. Mayweather's mind games have gone on and on. He appears to want to be on center stage and is orchestrating this charade like a matador in a bull fight. His side show antics take away what could have been one of the greatest fights of all time BUT…. NOW IT'S TOO LATE.


The question is why was 30-year-old Carmelo Anthony healthy enough to play 30 minutes on what is supposed to be a bad knee in this weekends NBA All star game and not healthy enough to help his New York Knicks who he stopped playing for prior to the All Star game?

In contrast 21-year-old 3rd year NBA player Anthony Davis of the New Orleans Pelicans who was voted to play in the game chose to sit it out so he could be healthy enough to help his team in their efforts to make the playoffs. Anthony said he would rather give someone else a chance to play in the all-star game as he is more concerned about being healthy to play for his team. That raises the question….what's up with Anthony?

Anthony has made statements that he wanted to satisfy the fans that voted for him to play in the game as well as the game was being played in New York thus he didn't want to disappoint. The fact that he was healthy enough to play 30 minutes of a 48 minute game raises some serious ethical questions about Anthony.


When Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch wasn't given the ball at the goal line to score the winning touchdown in the Super Bowl but a pass play was called which was intercepted that raised a hail storm of controversy. How could such a call be made when you have the meanest running back in the NFL available?

The blame fell on Seattle's coach Pete Carroll who stood by his decision. As the dust settles more information has surfaced which indicates that there was some friction towards Lynch by Carroll. Prior to the game Lynch was criticized for refusing to give journalist interviews. He was the center of attention of the media.

The league forced him to talk to which he told reporters at press conferences that they knew why he was there since he didn't want to be fined. He was criticized for wearing his apparel brand BEAST MODE hat at the press conferences which is against league rules.

Following the intercepted pass decision it came out that Carroll wanted the MVP award to go to Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson who has a squeaky clean image. With the bad call neither won the award and the Seahawks lost what could have been back to back Super Bowl titles.

More news surfaced that both players are in contract negotiations with Wilson and Lynch. Wilson is one of the lowest paid players on the team and Lynch one of the most expensive. The shy Lynch is now putting it out there that he is thinking about retiring from the game. Lynch is in the final year of a four-year deal that will pay him $7 million in 2015. Lynch likely wants an extension if he returns. The Seahawks are willing to discuss it, but they need to know his plans.

The Seahawks are talking to Wilson about a new deal that likely will make him one of the highest-paid players in the NFL. He is in the final year of his rookie contract and is scheduled to make $837,000 in 2015.

The bottom line is Lynch must feel like the character in the song Charley Brown. As the song goes Charlie asks…. WHY IS EVERYBODY PICKING ON ME?


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