Floyd: Lost in trans­la­tion

Sun.Star Cebu - - PRIME SPORTS - MIKE T. LIMPAG mike­limpag@gmail.com ED­I­TOR: MIKE T. LIMPAG / sports@sun­star.com.ph

The re­match be­tween the fighters who should have faced each other a decade ago will hap­pen and will sell be­cause, as vet­eran Al Men­doza said it aptly, “in box­ing, there’s a sucker born ev­ery minute.”

Days af­ter an an­nounced come­back fight by Floyd May­weather Jr. against Ten­shin Na­sukawa raised more ques­tions than an­swers, the un­de­feated Amer­i­can him­self an­swered the ques­tions di­rectly by deny­ing the fight will take place.

May­weather, whose last bout was against Con­nor Mc­Gre­gor, flew to Ja­pan to meet Na­sukawa, a vir­tual un­known be­fore the sup­posed fight on Dec. 31.

Un­der what rules? MMA? Box­ing? Kick­box­ing?

Well, four days later, Floyd an­swered it him­self.

There’s no fight. Strangely enough, the gifted self-pro­moter who loves to hi­jack sto­ry­lines of box­ing events that don’t in­volve him said he got blind­sided in the press con­fer­ence. Re­ports of the ini­tial press con­fer­ence say the kick­boxer used an in­ter­preter, so while the Amer­i­can may have been lost and con­fused when they spoke Ja­panese, at least he got the English ver­sion.

Here’s how Floyd ex­plained what hap­pened: “I was asked to par­tic­i­pate in a nine-minute ex­hi­bi­tion of three rounds with an op­po­nent. This was to be an ex­hi­bi­tion put on for a small group of wealthy spec­ta­tors for a very large fee. This ex­hi­bi­tion was pre­vi­ously ar­ranged purely for en­ter­tain­ment pur­poses with no in­ten­tions of be­ing rep­re­sented as an of­fi­cial fight card nor tele­vised world­wide.”

The only good thing about this is that it means the Manny Pac­quiao vs. May­weather re­match is still on. Had that bout pushed through as ad­ver­tised, it would have meant Floyd isn’t tak­ing Pac­quiao se­ri­ously or has no plans to fight him again.

Both fighters have said they’d have a tuneup bout be­fore the re­match and Pac­quiao has an­nounced a fight with a 29-year-old for­mer champ who sports a 33-3-1 record with 24 KOs and Floyd’s tuneup bout is with some­one who has zero pro box­ing ex­pe­ri­ence?

The re­match be­tween the fighters who should have faced each other a decade ago will hap­pen and will sell be­cause, as vet­eran Al Men­doza said it aptly, “in box­ing, there’s a sucker born ev­ery minute.”

Pac­quiao will be 40 and Floyd will be 42 when the re­match hap­pens, which is ex­pected to be in May next year. A part-time boxer and a re­cently re­tired fighter whose first fight was slammed as the Fraud of the Cen­tury.

No mat­ter who wins in that bout, both fighters are go­ing to earn mil­lions, though it won’t be at the level of their first bout in 2015.

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