Hagler tells Floyd how it is
Middleweight boxing legend Marvelous Marvin Hagler was one of the reasons I fell in love with boxing. Of course there were other factors but the main one was his no nonsense style both inside and outside of the ring. He was a real throwback type, never ducked a fight, traveled anywhere and always produced the goods. And while we are on the subject I never heard him take cheap shots at his fellow professionals either, he was just all meanness and business between those ropes unlike some of today‘s wannabes that have earned title shots with their mouths rather than their fists.
So when the ‘Marvelous’ one tells Floyd Mayweather Jr to ‘Stop all the nonsense‘ and fight Manny Pacquiao it is wise to take the advise.
Like thousands of boxing fans around, Hagler-who was arguably the greatest middleweight of all time-cannot understand why Mayweather Jr has not agreed to fight pound for pound king Manny Pacquiao
Speaking in an interview with ESPN Hagler said: “Here’s a guy (Mayweather) that wants to dictate to another person and wants to tell you what he wants to do. You know, ’I want you to take this drug test and all these things and whatever.
“I think that Pacquiao is right... I mean, who are you? If you want to fight, let’s fight. Let’s stop all this nonsense.”
I’d love to be able to say we have a half dozen ‘Super Fights’ signed and sealed between now and Christmas but lets be honest Mayweather Jr Vs Pacquiao is the only fight that truly demands genuine Pay Per View status.
“I believe that if they get this thing on, it can really boost up boxing and bring boxing alive a little bit. These are the kind of fights that we need to see,” Hagler told ESPN.
“We’ll there’s a lot more money now that it was when I was fighting… just think about it. There’s a hundred-million-dollar fight, there’s no one in the history of boxing that ever made this kind of money.”
Mayweather Jr has instead decided to face Victor Ortiz on September 17 while Pacquiao will clash with old foe Juan Manuel Marquez on November 12.
Only Floyd Mayweather Jr really knows why he will not face Manny Pacquiao in the ring. Hagler is spot on, the money is outrageously high, he will fight in his own back yard of Las Vegas and he gets to regain his pound for pound No.1 status, WHAT IS THE PROBLEM?
June 16, 2011