Floyd Mayweather Jr. should fight in the ring, or just go away

By Mike Cassell 3/22/08 - I am tired of hearing all lip service from the people who defend the mouth and antics of Floyd Mayweather Jr. 39 – 0 (25 KO’s) His talent is undeniable, but deciding to put on a farce with a bunch of allegedly steroid ridden actors in the WWE, as opposed to fighting “real” competition in the boxing ring, is something that bother boxing fans everywhere. I am referring to his latest publicity stunt in which he is going to act out a wrestling match with the WWE’s 440lb “Big Show”..

Let’s face it; it is not like there isn’t anybody out there to fight. There is a tremendous amount of talent in the lower weight classes with men who have earned the right to challenge Mayweather legitimately. Instead of taking a shot at Cotto, Margarito, Quintana, Clottey, Cintron, and many deserved others; he decides to waste the precious time he has left in his career, embarrassing himself and the game of boxing for one thing and one thing only, money. At some point, he needs to take a cold hard look at what he says he is, and what he actually is. Kind of like his perception and actually reality.

It is hard for me to defend De La Hoya fighting Steve Forbes, but at least he is fighting someone in the world of reality. Does Forbes have a real chance, probably not, but De La Hoya is man enough to give Forbes a shot, that’s real. Mayweather is not getting any younger and his time is becoming his biggest opponent. Maybe he just has enough money, or maybe he is bucking for some lame reality show. But I know that in the real world, fans want to see the best, fight the best. At this point in time, he is the best, and in his perceived superstardom, he can pretty do whatever he wants, whenever he wants to, and when an athlete has that frame of mind, it is usually the sign of the end. As Miguel Cotto keeps busy and builds a bigger fan base, Mayweather’s value will continue to dwindle until he steps in the ring. Most fans don’t care if he can dance or act, they just want to see him fight. Maybe that’s a reality he needs to come to terms with before it is too late. It is a hard lesson to learn, just ask Roy Jones Jr.

In the late 90’s, Roy Jones Jr. was a monster in the game of boxing. It was comical to watch him face world class competition in the boxing ring only hours after playing in a full court basketball game. It got to the point to where he began to live the perception he created of his own invincibility. He thought he could do anything and the fans would always be there. And then reality hit home after his knockout losses to Antonio Tarver and Gen Johnson. He became a ghost and found himself marching around the United States looking for a fight. He himself has recently been quoted as saying he took his career for granted, and he should have did more to preserve his god given talent as well as his legacy. He was lucky enough to get another shot, but he is acutely aware that those shots are few and far between at this point in his career. Mayweather should heed the Roy Jones lesson and make a serious professional finish to his already brilliant career. It is something that his loyal fans want, but more importantly, it’s a reality they deserve.

Article posted on 22.03.2008

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