Since Floyd Mayweather has absolutely no shame and thinks you’re stupid, lets get into the history of his petty jealousy and childish fascination with Cinco de Mayo.
When “Money” sat ringside at the Staples Center in L.A. to witness the January 23 hoax of a fight between Danny Garcia and Robert Guerrero for the WBC welterweight championship, something foul just seemed to permeate the air. For starters, Garcia and Guerrero– two world class fighters in their own right, had no business vying for the narcissistic Mayweather’s vacant lineal title.
Mayweather had already thoroughly dismissed and vaporized “The Ghost” Guerrero in May 2013 via unanimous decision, and was widely regarded as unqualified to face Mayweather in his Showtime debut at that time. Nothing Guerrero did since then qualified him for a return to championship heights at all.
The same can be said for Garcia, who narrowly escaped the clutches of Lamont Peterson in April 2015. “Swift”, the former super lightweight world champion, got hot in the sport as a result of his July 2012 KO of Amir Khan– the same undeserving (and small) Khan about to face Saul “Canelo” Alvarez on May 7 in what’s being heralded as a blockbuster fight.
It is not- and frankly, is an embarrassment to the proud tradition of boxing and the middleweight crown Alvarez now holds without merit. If all of this is not enough, Mayweather took to his own entity “FightHype” to cry about the burgeoning Mexican icon Alvarez fighting on Cinco de Mayo, a Mexican holiday he somehow decided was his day after the Mexican-American great Oscar de la hoya rescued him from casual fan obscurity with a then record-breaking superfight in May 2007.
Were it not for the De la hoya fight, it is debatable just how big Mayweather would have been. He “retired” rather than face De la hoya in a rematch he wasn’t sure he’d win (and possibly with his father, Floyd Sr., in Oscar’s corner) the following year. So, he didn’t fight in May of 2008, and was dripping with jealousy in May 2009 when Pacquiao was damn near killing Ricky Hatton on Cinco de Mayo that year. If you’ll recall, his grand hatred of Pacquiao began around that time, as he looked to upstage Pacquiao by selecting Mexican great and Pac arch-nemesis Juan Manuel Marquez as his comeback opponent.
Floyd announced his comeback on the platform of Pacquiao/Hatton, gutlessly using that promotion to promote his fight with Marquez on Mexican Independence Day in September 2009. Let’s ignore the fact that Mayweather “cheated” the future cheater Marquez (then a mere 135 lb lightweight) by reneging on their 144 lb catchweight fight by coming in at 146 lbs and willfully giving Marquez 600K for doing so. The major point here, is that Floyd needed Marquez to upstage Pacquiao– a man he was intensely jealous of. He gets Shane Mosley on Cinco de Mayo in May 2010 – only after Mosley embarrasses him in the ring after his victory over Marquez – before taking another semi-retirement only to return in May 2012 against Puerto Rican great Miguel Cotto.
Notice a trend here… Cotto is an extremely popular champion with a huge following and an entire island behind him, yet, it is Mayweather who is regarded as the huge PPV star. If that were really true, then he should’ve done huge PPV numbers in May 2013 with the relatively unknown Mexican tough guy Robert Guerrero. That fight was, of course, an absolute financial disaster that lost Showtime some 30 million dollars in his first fight for the network. Floyd should still be thanking Canelo Alvarez for being a true superstar that bailed him out in their September 2013 mega-fight that was staged on (you guessed it) Mexican Independence Day.
So… How in the world can Mayweather possibly believe that a fight between himself and Danny Garcia could eclipse a fight between the enormously popular Mexican superstar Canelo and a fighter in Amir Khan (whose popularity is a real headscratcher- but whatever) with a fanbase that far exceeds that of his own? Take it away Floyd.
“You know, I can easily put a halt on (Canelo-Khan) if I chose to call Mr. Garcia, (Danny) Garcia’s dad,” Mayweather said of the May 7 HBO PPV middleweight championship fight. “If I chose to call him and say, ‘You know what, sir, you’re a hell of a trainer. Your son’s a hell of a fighter, he’s an undefeated champion, I’m an undefeated champion, and I think it would be great for me and your son both to make a lot of money. And like I said before, you’re very outspoken, my dad is very outspoken.’
Floyd wasn’t done.
“It would be good for me to come back for number 50 and fight the undefeated Danny Garcia, you know, at the MGM Grand. You know, since Danny Garcia is undefeated and he’s very explosive, he’s a very good fighter, and he really represents Puerto Rico the same way that (Felix) Trinidad (did). Even though he’s from Philadelphia, he represents the red, white, and blue for Puerto Rico. I’ll go over to the MGM Grand and say, ‘You know what? We need a venue also,’ and we’ll see (what happens).”
And if you let that happen, with full knowledge of the fact that he is using Garcia and you, while trying to once again fleece you into buying another non-competitive fight (you knew the Andre Berto fight was garbage) on a Cinco de Mayo date he has no business fighting on– then you deserve to stare at your cable bill like its an ex-girlfriend pregnant by your best friend.
We didn’t mention he told us he was serious about retirement- right? For the so-called “TBE”, anything other than showing some brass in his pants for a catchweight we can all understand against Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (which would be this generation’s Leonard/Hagler), is a total waste of time and “Money”.
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