Floyd Mayweather has made the call-out. But is it too late to mean anything? (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images)
Floyd Mayweather likes to use Twitter for a whole bunch of things, namely posting his betting wins for everyone to see. On Wednesday, Mayweather decided to use the medium to publicly call out Manny Pacquiao, urging the Filipino star to fight him on his reserved May 5 date at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
@FloydMayweather: Manny Pacquiao I'm calling you out let's fight May 5th and give the world what they want to see.
@FloydMayweather: My Jail Sentence was pushed back because the date was locked in. Step up Punk.
So now it's up to Pacquiao to accept right? Why wasn't it so easy this whole time?
Because this "call out" by Mayweather means absolutely nothing. All it does is allow Mayweather to sign a fight with Robert Guerrero or Canelo Alvarez next week, and when everyone crows about another failed Manny-Floyd negotiation, Mayweather can say "But look! I called Pacquiao out last week!"
The blame seems to be falling on Bob Arum, Pacquiao's promoter who apparently refuses to negotiate with Team Mayweather. Even Pacquiao has said that the fight being made falls on Arum's shoulders. If it's indeed true that Arum is the one holding the fight up and Mayweather and his team have moved elsewhere, the tweets simply give Mayweather "proof" that he wants the fight. Even if he doesn't. And maybe he does this time, after seeing Pacquiao struggle against Juan Manuel Marquez.
But tweets and call outs aren't going to make the fight that is, as Mayweather said himself, what the world wants to see. It'll take everyone involved to put their egos to the side. Unfortunately that doesn't seem to be happening any time soon.