Roughly two months after the eight-division titlist was rendered unconscious by a spectacular overhand right thrown by WBO “Champion of the Decade” Juan Manuel Marquez, Roger Mayweather still wants to see his nephew, Floyd, battle Manny Pacquiao.
During their fourth brutal affair, Pacquiao (54-5-2, 38 KOs) was knocked onto Queer Street by the 39-year-old Marquez (55-6-1, 40 KOs) at 2:59 of the sixth round.
In a genuinely scary scene, “The Fighting Pride of the Philippines,” who had controversially earned a draw and two conquests over the ballooned Mexican since their initial meeting in May 2004, remained motionless on the canvas for several minutes.
"The Pacquiao fight has to happen with Floyd," said Mayweather, 51, who serves as Floyd’s trainer and won 59 of 72 bouts as a professional. "People want to see it. People don't care whether he (Pacquiao) got knocked out. Floyd will knock him out and that's the fight people want to see."
The 34-year-old Pacquiao, who pocketed in excess of $20 million for what amounted to his second consecutive defeat, had floored Marquez in the fifth and was leading 47-46 on all three judges’ scorecards at the time of the knockout.
Predictably, Pacquiao’s promoter, corruptible weasel Bob Arum, is determined to cement a fifth bout between the Filipino and Marquez for September.
Meanwhile, the 35-year-old Mayweather (43-0, 26 KOs), a longstanding WBC world welterweight champ who was named The Ring “Fighter of the Year” in 1998 and 2007, is destined to scrap current interim WBC welterweight king Robert Guerrero on May 4 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Provided “Pretty Boy,” a bronze medalist as a featherweight at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, outclasses Guerrero (31-1-1-2, 18 KOs), Mayweather is expected to throw fists with Mexican superstar and WBC light middleweight titleholder Saul “Canelo” Alvarez on September 14.
Despite being a cocky jackass and convicted domestic abuser, Mayweather undoubtedly remains the preeminent boxer today.
In stark contrast to the still dominant Mayweather, Pacquiao, voted “Fighter of the Decade” for the 2000s by the BWAA, is a shopworn pugilist who needs to retire from competing in the squared circle.
Should the prizefighting legends somehow manage to agree on splitting the purse and pre-fight drug testing procedures, "Floyd will knock (Pacquiao) out.”