Thursday, July 1, 2010

Whose Move is it in Pacquiao-Mayweather Chess Match?

I was wrong when I deciphered from the flooding reports I read each day about Pacquiao-Mayweather that the fight would be announced before June ends. Today is the first of July, so go figure. But it does not mean I am no longer confident the mega fight, the mother of all fights of this generation will be happening and the announcement could be coming anytime soon. In recent days there have been signals from insiders in Manny’s camp that a concession is about to be made. It appears as if the Pacman is ready to agree to the blood testing cut-off demands and a smaller pie to the financial sharing just so the contracts are signed. If all these are true and Floyd backs off to fight we all know his career shall have been ended by then. Good call for Manny.

This being a fight of historic proportions, Bob Arum, Manny’s promoter who goes way back the Muhammad Ali days, is expected to make longer arrangements to market this fight across the U.S. along with Oscar Dela Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions handling Floyd Jr., which means that a longer span of time would be needed before the day of the fight to accommodate its implementation so as not to hamper both fighter’s training. I think Manny will be training for a good ten weeks for the big one. Coach Freddie Roach reportedly said he doesn’t want Pacquiao training longer than that ‘cause he works tirelessly and always asks for more at the end of the day, and if they go beyond ten weeks he might experience a burnout. Ten weeks works perfectly to mold him in peak form. I don’t know with Team Mayweather. There are only 4 months in between July and November and the two months plus will solely be devoted to training with the rest of the remaining days to be subdivided between marketing projects, traveling, some personal time that either fighter might need, not to mention that Manny is now a congressman and it shan’t come as a surprise that he will have to deal with some matters in the local scene prior to diving deep into training camp. If you ask me, I think the fight should be made just about now if the fight has to happen on the second week of November as Top Rank boss, Arum, says, and the reasons are all sound and valid. It ought to have been made already, honestly. Time is ticking tic-tac, tic-tac, tic-tac. The pressure is on Mayweather to man up or shut up.

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