Sunday, March 4, 2012

Floyd Mayweather still hopes to get himself and boxing out of jail with Manny Pacquiao superfight

source: Gareth A Davies |

The 34 year-old will begin an 87-day prison sentence on June 1, after he accepted a plea bargain on a charge of domestic battery against his former partner and mother of his three children, Josie Harris.

It is another squalid story surrounding the sport. But boxing needs an entertainer in the ring right now – and Mayweather is certainly that. Boxing needs a fight (in the ring) to get everyone talking about the sport again. It needs Mayweather to take on Manny Pacquiao, in what would be the fight of this era.

After two years of the compulsory trash talk, it seemed it might happen on May 5 — but Mayweather will fight Puerto Rican Miguel Cotto then instead.

Even during the Mayweather-Cotto news conferences this week, Pacquiao’s name was central.
These two modern boxing icons, Mayweather and Pacquiao, have flirted tantalisingly with this mega-fight which could gross $250 million (£158 million), the richest in boxing history. But still they seem no nearer a bout. The ‘non-fight’ is exasperating the boxing world – including Mayweather himself. He seems obsessed by it. And by Pacquiao.