I recently realized how big of a star Floyd Mayweather was when I called Hooters to ask if they were they showing the May 4th Mayweather/Guerreo fight. “Yes” the hostess quickly said, “We are”. The significance of this is in the fact that I had also called and asked about the Martinez/Murray Fight, the Bradley/Provodnikov fight, and the Alvarez/Trout fight. The answers were all no, no, no. Bottom line, when Floyd Mayweather fights, the whole world watches. Heck, his fight highlights even get a full 30 seconds on ESPN’s Sportscenter. Maybe rightfully so, he is undefeated after all. *Cough* Castillo *Cough*. But besides that, Mayweather is one of the most gifted boxers we have ever witnessed. His skill level is so far beyond most fighters it really doesn't matter who you put him in with. Like Larry Merchant said in the Victor Ortiz fight “with Mayweather it’s not a matter of if, but how” (he will defeat his opponent.) Whereas most Mayweather opponents have plan A, B, and C, he is fully prepared to Z. His elite work ethic is also impressive and he has been on the top of the sport for an amazing 17 years. Haters and fans alike have one thing in common; they both watch him. However, I have a few issues with Mayweather.
Number 1- his long periods of inactivity. I realize he has signed a 6 fight deal with Showtime and I am beyond happy. But before that, you were lucky if you saw 1 Mayweather fight a year; Mayweather hasn’t fought multiple times in a year since 2007. I realize there are some situations that prevent a fighter from competing multiple times (lack of credible opponents, injuries, etc.) this is certainly not the case concerning Floyd Mayweather. Mayweather has been called out by everyone from Sergio Martinez to the guy who delivered my pizza last night. Should he fight everyone that calls him out? Absolutely not, but he certainly should have been fighting more than once a year since he is and has been the reigning “P4P king”
Number 2-what if other top boxers developed the attitude of only fighting when they wanted to? Sports analyst talk about how weak the sport is and how it has been in decline for several years; I can say with full confidence that the sport would be “dead” if this were to happen. What if Adrien Broner (the sports next superstar in the making) took on this attitude? After all he has openly said that he considers Floyd his big brother. It would be the exact same situation and fans would have the exact same frustration.
In closing, thank you Mr. Mayweather for finally giving the people what they want, to see you fight more often. Or better yet, thank you Showtime.