"Floyd Mayweather Jr. will pick Manny Pacquiao apart..," insists famed ESPN commentatorWritten by Joseph Herron
Since Manny Pacquiao's dominant performance over Chris Algieri on November 22, it's become common knowledge within the boxing community that negotiations between Team Pacquiao and Team Mayweather have once again commenced to hopefully put together a super fight for 2015.
According to head trainer Freddie Roach, Mayweather has requested a rematch clause as a contractual stipulation in the midst of the negotiation process.
"My understanding is that Floyd is insisting on the rematch if Manny beats him, which I believe he will," stated the five-time trainer of the year to DailyMail.com last week. "That's okay with us."
While most fight scribes and boxing fans are well aware of this development, the overall assessment of what Floyd's precondition actually means has become the latest topic of debate.
Should the boxing community merely view Mayweather's request as a standard business practice, or is this an indication that Floyd is genuinely concerned about the eventual outcome when stepping in the ring with the Filipino icon?
On the November 26 episode of ESPN's "First Take with Smith and Bayless", both opinionated and candid broadcast journalists were at odds when deliberating this controversial topic.
"I hope that Floyd Mayweather Jr. is no longer afraid of Manny Pacquiao," stated Skip Bayless. "But I think this story suggests that he is afraid. Why would Floyd Mayweather Jr. want a rematch clause unless he's afraid he's going to lose the first fight?"
"What is Floyd thinking about? Does he feel that it's a foregone conclusion that he's going to lose the first fight with Manny Pacquiao? Because I think that's what this is clearly saying."
In all fairness, Manny Pacquiao had a rematch clause implemented within his most recent fight contract with Chris Algieri.
Stephen A. Smith, an admitted Floyd Mayweather sympathizer, insists that the request is merely a standard business practice.
"Floyd Mayweather Jr. had a rematch clause in his first fight against Marcos Maidana," claimed the Philly based TV and radio personality.
"Was he scared of him?"
"He also had one when he faced Oscar De La Hoya. Was he scared of him? The fact of the matter is that Floyd is currently negotiating...if Floyd was scared of Manny Pacquiao, he wouldn't want the first fight, let alone a rematch."
Not only does the always vocal Stephen A. Smith believe that Floyd genuinely wants to face Manny Pacquiao in the ring next year, the ESPN commentator truly believes that the sport's top earner will "pick apart" the Pacman when they finally meet in 2015.
"We can surmise that Pacquiao is probably the greatest threat to the unblemished record of perfection that is Floyd Money Mayweather. We can concede that," admitted Smith. "But that doesn't mean that he's going to beat Floyd."
"Once this deal is signed on the dotted line, you will see the greatest of Floyd Money Mayweather that you have ever seen. He is no Chris Algieri, or anybody else that Manny Pacquiao has ever fought."
"In big moments, Floyd Mayweather is usually at his best. I feel sorry for the Pacman for what's coming his way. Trust me when I tell you, Floyd is going to put on a show."
"No matter what you have seen from Mayweather in the past, the night he fights Manny Pacquiao, it will be the greatest performance of Floyd's career. He will put on a boxing exhibition."
"I can't speak for Floyd outside of the ring, but inside the ring he's a boxing magician. He's a magician of the highest order. On fight night, he will pick Manny Pacquiao apart and teach him what the sport of boxing is all about."
In the theater of the unexpected that is boxing, anything can and often does happen...it's why fighters fight, and it's why fans love to watch.
Hopefully the always passionate fans of the sport will finally get to see the dramatic conclusion of the Mayweather/Pacquiao fight saga in 2015.