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'Call Em Out Fridays': "The Decision" - Mayweather's Moment or Pacquiao's Problem?

manny pacquiaoVivek Wallace: For more than 7 months now, the world of boxing has been held captive at the mercy of Floyd Mayweather jr. and Filipino phenom Manny Pacquiao. The evolution of this 'captivity' has seen unconfirmed allegations, questioned regulations, testing complications, and one stiff revelation. That one revelation is the fact that only one thing in boxing truly outweighs politics.....and that one thing is egos. In the case of Floyd Mayweather jr., there are no secrets. No facade. No catch. Despite being a great friend of famed New York City rapper 50-Cent, his demeanor is best captured by quoting west coast rapper Snoop Dogg, as without question, his "mind's on the money, and the money's on [his] mind". With Pacquiao, the squeaky clean image of the sports most spirited warrior blinds some to the fact that he's a "prize fighter" too, and concessions like money, weight, etc. are equally part of his ultimate strategy in negotiations, as well.

As many obstacles as we've seen in these negotiations since they began back in December of '09, the intriguing thing at this point is that the ever-resistant party (Team Pacquiao) has actually agreed in principle to the terms disclosed. Or have they? Seems nothing about this negotiation is ever etched in stone, and this false impression could very well be part of that trend.. There's a blind belief that the ball is back in Team Mayweather's court to sign the dotted line of a completed contract, but what was never disclosed by the only party that seems to be talking (despite being told not to) is whether or not Team Pacquiao has actually signed off on it yet, themselves.

There was supposed to be no talking during the negotiation process to maintain the integrity of the details privately discussed, yet the world has been told that "all points have been agreed to by Team Pacquiao and Team Mayweather has been sent an official copy to make it official". Did those words ("all points were agreed to") include the full scale blood and urine randomized testing throughout fight camp that Team Mayweather imposed? Or something to once again bring us so close, yet so far in the end? Now, if randomized testing throughout camp was agreed to by Team Pacquiao and Team Mayweather fails to solidify the deal, we have a bona fide reason to draw conclusions, (about Team Mayweather), whether they be true or false. Trouble is, as of now, this hasn't been confirmed. So, for the one side that has decided it's OK to talk to just intentionally leave this very important set of details out, one can only question what the truth really entails.

Few seem to discuss the fact that in the last negotiation for the fight, a mediator (Judge Daniel Weinstein) was brought in for what was supposed to be hush-hush negotiations. There was one side talking then, too. After the world began to form opinions based on what was said, that same neutral mediator came out in an unequivocal tone by producing what he called (and I quote) "A correction of false claims by Team Pacquiao". That action placed fault squarely on one side. As we reflect back on those failed negotiations and remember seeing them officially fall apart 3 hours prior to the midnight deadline given, it kinda makes you wonder if..........well.........if we've been set up for the same thing.......again!

If in fact this is an example of deceit where we learn that the true stipulations were never met and Mayweather opts not to move forward, despite him looking bad in the eyes of the public temporarily, it could be Pacquiao who ultimately looks worst in the long run. Few have considered the fact that a man who most view as the greatest in the sport today currently has a contingency plan that would place him in the ring with either a suspended fighter who is currently banned in the U.S.A., (Margarito); or the man he savagely humbled who has never been the same ever since (Cotto). Not exactly great options for a man fighting steroid allegations, himself.

With so many other talents on the rise (Williams/Bradley/Berto) and on the fall (Mosley/Marquez), why Top Rank would limit Pacquiao's options to two men who have no business in the ring with him remains one of those questions few would even care to answer. Some would say it's about dollars, yet, at the expense of tarnishing a crystallized legacy, the end result doesn't appear to make much sense. Don't believe the hype fight fans! Mayweather loves attention, but he's not this moronic! If he was gonna sign the contract it would have come long before tonight. As the midnight deadline draws closer, we are told it's Mayweather's moment; but when he buck's the system like he has so often in the past, trust me, this Mayweather moment will be nothing more than the start of more Pacquiao problems!

(Vivek Wallace can be reached at FaceBook, vivexemail@yahoo.com, 954-292-7346, Youtube (VIVEK1251), Twitter (VIVEK747), and Myspace).

Article posted on 17.07.2010



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