Slight Fallout Between Haymon and Floyd over PBC. And The Myth of Floyd vacating belts.
Let me first start by saying I have an enormous amount of respect for what Floyd Mayweather Jr has achieved. Floyd currently rates as a top 20 ATG on my list, which is a lot higher than what many other boxing experts have him. In my opinion he’s the greatest defensive fighter of all time, clearly! So I just wanted to get this information out there before I get criticized for this article. It seems that you can’t write a critical Floyd Mayweather Jr article without being called a hater.
Now let’s first start with the myth of Floyd vacating his titles. On the 8th of May after his impressive win over ATG rival Manny Pacquiao, Floyd said this “I’ll talk to my team and see what we need to do. Other fighters need a chance. Give other fighters a chance. I’m not greedy’. Now as of today the 8th of August 2015, Floyd still has 4 titles, and the only title he has lost, he got stripped of. He hasn’t vacated a single title.
Now that’s fine, he’s the champ. But it goes totally against his word. There’s no problem holding onto the titles, as he rightfully can, being the champion. However don’t go saying one thing and doing the opposite, Floyd’s word essentially means nothing.
I can write a list of 10-15 fighters who are essentially delaying their next bout until they hear from the sanctioning bodies on fighting for these vacant titles.
Now the second dilemma with Floyd actually revolves around a reported dispute with Al Haymon. Now Floyd’s fight was discussed as being free for fans, giving them the right to watch the ATG in his final bout, against an over matched opponent (Berto). This was discussed and promised for several months. Now essentially as soon as Floyd’s purse has been discussed as being less than his normal $32m guarantee from Showtime, Floyd scrapped the plans to fight on PBC. This was after all his statements that he has made enough money from the Pacquiao fight. And considering he had talked about giving fans a chance to watch him for free in his final bout, it was a kick in the teeth for those loyal to him.
No I’m not a hater. Floyd is the greatest fighter of this era easily. He’s an ATG. And defensive wizard. But his word means nothing. The only thing that means anything to him is money. And If you or Showtime think he will stay retired, then I can only laugh. A future 3 fight deal would likely generate Floyd $500M or more. He won’t turn that down. He will fight for years to come.