It has always been my contention that Floyd Mayweather was a great boxer but a very small man. Not in size but in realized potential. For while he has laid grandiose claims to greatness, his actions have belied a lesser stature.
I am not speaking here of the numerous opportunities since 2005, the year he became a welterweight, to prove himself in the ring. I speak of his inability to recognize and understand that his behavior and disposition outside of the ring, in the world at large, are myopic at best and self defeating at worst.
When it as announced today his arch-rival, the man he has found infinite reasons not to fight, Manny Pacquiao, has been signed to endorse numerous global brands, garnering untold millions, NOT for fighting, but for being a mensch, Floyd will still have his precious O but will have taken his first major loss.
The little man from an island far away has beat the man who laughingly once called himself 'Money' ... by countless zeros.
Business, like life itself, is about choice and consequences. Floyd had it all. Now Manny has it all. The difference: Behavior ... and the ability to see beyond one's navel.
Floyd was smiling the other night at Foxwoods. He won't be when he reads the news.
Manny Pacquiao is now the undisputed Money man in the sport of kings.