“We hit makers with acres/ roll shakers in Vegas, you can’t break us”
The Notorious BIG feat. Jay-Z, “I Love the Dough”
Depending on how you want to look at things, Manny Pacquiao was either a co-conspirator in the heist that saw him figuratively back up the Brinks truck while him and BFF Floyd Mayweather stole ridiculous amounts of dough – or – a limited version of his Tasmanian self that had to go through with a fight he still feels he won.
Rather than risk public peril in a spotlight that would’ve burned him for further delaying a fight they’d already been demanding for years, Pacquiao went ahead with the bout after being approved for a pain-killing injections by USADA (Floyd’s chosen anti-doping agency), only to be almost inexplicably denied by the NSAC. If anyone is to blame for the lackluster, Olympic-styled fight that was Mayweather/Pacquiao, it is the NSAC, for that act alone may have denied all of us the fight we deserved (and, eh-mm, paid) to see.
The somewhat hobbled version of a 36-year-old Pacquiao (according to Pac) was able to ‘walk down Mayweather at times’ and ‘withstand his power’ despite the pain. “Floyd is a sharp puncher but [not a hard puncher] and he’s very smart,” admitted Pacquiao with a twist.
“He was able to take a lot of little rests during our fight because I couldn’t really be aggressive. It was painful to swallow but that’s behind me now. That aggression will be there on April 9 against Timothy Bradley.”
During Tuesday’s big media launch in Los Angeles, Pacquiao appeared to size up Bradley with eyes of nostalgic grace while looking past the hyperbolic glare of trainer and camera junkie (and lets not forget creator of the “new” Bradley) Teddy Atlas. For Pacquiao, his was a subdued and almost pensive menace, with a body language that seemed to photograph the surroundings for framing. Almost as if his boxing life had flashed before him and he was reliving his best moments while coming to grips with the final ones.
As Atlas was heard telling assembled press that Pacquiao was the “most dynamic” fighter of his era and now the ‘Kobe Bryant and Derek Jeter of the game’ that fans want to catch a final glimpse of, legendary Pac trainer Freddie Roach couldn’t help but offer a Roachesque retort. “Kobe Bryant or Derek Jeter my ass, Manny didn’t have a bunch of people serenading him off the plane,” sprayed Roach.
“If he was them they’d still be competing for championships. This isn’t an old man tour- but this guy (Bradley) is the older fighter physically. He’s been in some beatings before and after he got beat up by Manny. I don’t know where Manny goes from here, but we’re here to finish Bradley.”
Pacquiao is slated to campaign for a spot as a Philippine senator after his April 9 fight. Of the 250 congressmen in the Philippines, only 24 are senators, and Pacquiao will have about a month to move from No. 8 in the polls – something he’s sure he can do. The former street urchin turned Filipino icon is ready to hang em up after what we all hope will be a classic war with Bradley this time. “I’m happy, happy to hang up my gloves,” a beaming Pacquiao told the crowd in Beverly Hills. “I fought because I wanted to help my family, now, I will stop because I want to help my country.”
If Mayweather calls about another hit on Vegas after he most likely lights up Timothy Bradley like the “Sin City” strip, we’ll see if that notion holds true. Another $150 million with a healthy shoulder at the new MGM Grand International would certainly help both his family and his country. Pacquiao and Bradley arrived in New York City on Wednesday for the next leg of their promotional tour today at Madison Square Garden today. For more on this fight and all of your favorite fighters, please visit Real Combat Media.