April 15th, 2014 By Pedro Fernandez


Paint On Side Of Pacquiao Bus

Paint On Side Of Pacquiao Bus

San Francisco, CA- In the late 1980s, the late Godfather of boxing writers Jack Fiske showed me a number of handwritten letters from then light heavyweight challenger Archie Moore. “The Old Mongoose” eloquently penned letters to boxing journalists around the world before Joey Maxim was “pressured” by the media to defend against Moore who won the title with a UD 15 in 1952.
Archie Moore

Archie Moore


Had Moore not taken the initiative, he would’ve never gotten the title shot regardless of who was champion. Moore wasn’t keen on the Mob (Blinky Palermo & Frankie Carbo) handling him. Knowing Moore was anti Mafia, Palermo and Carbo for years kept the title away from Moore who everybody knew was the uncrowned light heavyweight World champion. Archie kept winning and his being ignored continued until he got a pen and paper to write to journalists.


With newspapers all but dead in today’s Internet driven media, that probably would not work for Pacquiao. But like Cassius Clay embarrassed Sonny Liston by driving his personalized bus up to Sonny’s house and throwing a bear trap on his lawn, following Sonny from here to there which annoyed Liston immensely as he had to answer to the media. Manny needs to think outside the box. The media was all over this and this helped Clay, later Ali, get the title fight that nobody thought he had a chance of winning.


Sonny was so taken aback and embarrassed that he agreed to fight the upstart loudmouth who called himself “The Greatest,” upset huge odds and the rest is sports history. When Manny Pacquiao said post fight Saturday that “The (telephone) line is open,” that was about as ineffective as a thermometer in hell.


There was no fire in his voice, no demands, no ridiculing Mayweather for avoiding the only fight the public wants to see him in. No, standing at the MGM Grand press gathering, Manny Pacquiao reminded me of Seinfeld’s George Costanza blowing his lines on a date by saying the most inopportune thing he could possibly muster. “The line is open” made Pacquiao sound weak and was a pathetic response considering the three years this fight has been bantered about.


If Manny wants to force Floyd into a fight, his tone Saturday lacked any real confidence, determination, in addition to being lame. Pacquiao needs to embarrass Floyd or he can forget about ever meeting Floyd Mayweather on anything but Skype.

Pedro Fernandez


  1. Pedro, if Pac does that, then he’d have to fight. Though he has abundantly spoken about his desire to fight, he never showed any inclination to do so when multiples offers were made to him, refusing each one of them and then countering with ridiculous demands only to back out once the opponent agreed to those. Believe me, saying I want is not the same as I’ll do. Having written this I will say that it is probably Arum’s doing more than Pac’s.

    Todaline on April 15th, 2014 at 7:52 PM
  2. Here’s a Floyd Mayweather radio interview that shows the true spirit of Mayweather…

    Rob Hernandez on April 16th, 2014 at 4:29 AM
  3. Im just wondering if they have built that out door stadium Arum was so adamant about or if there is enough time from now till Sept to actually be able to promote a fight for Pac vs Floyd since those were 2 deal breakers before.

    PJ on April 16th, 2014 at 6:40 AM
  4. Great clip Rob, heard it many times. Poor Floyd stuttering, changing the subject, ANYTHING but talking about fighting Manny. I wonder if Floyd’s #1 fan can bring up a video of Pacquiao stuttering like that????

    Richard on April 16th, 2014 at 8:06 AM
  5. You can certainly check Pacs reaction on FirstTake when they interviewed him before being starched by Marquez. He was talking to Stephen A Smith and when Smith asked him if he wanted to fight Floyd, he paused for a sec, put on his sunglasses and then said yes. lol. Had to put his sunglasses on so you couldn’t look in his eyes to see he was not serious about that.

    PJ on April 17th, 2014 at 6:34 AM
  6. That might be the only way to see this fight happen…Pac might have to pick a fight!

    Floyd is basically a petty, arrogant narcissist with a big payroll of exceptionally compliant friends and colleagues….despite his immense boxing talent, he has become more about protecting the 0 than seeking *genuine* boxing legacy, though his minions are feeding him a different story. Have to admit, it’s pretty hard to imagine what it must be like to be surrounded by people at your beck and call, or at least think everything you do and say is profound and noteworthy at all times. His allegiance to his inner circle is admirable nevertheless.

    At the end of his Showtime contract shell game, he will quickly find his financial habits cannot keep up with his bank account as soon as he quits boxing.

    This is a financial tragedy waiting to happen…and his attitude won’t see too many people feeling bad for him. Wait for this movie to play out.

    In the meanwhile, I am voting with my wallet – FLOYD-COTT !….at least until I see a real fight break out.

    Phil on April 17th, 2014 at 8:21 AM
  7. Why should u have to do all that to get a fight? Even if he did all that he still won’t get the fight?? Just like Money said he’s worried about his health???!!! Nuffield said! And I’m so tried of all these Afrocentric peeps talking about what Marquez did and what Floyd will do?? Yea Marquez did not Floyd? And if the games are so decided why play them? Shouldn’t the undefeated patriots been handed the title since everybody knew they were gonna win?? What about Tyson vs Douglas should they have not fought because mike was supposed to win? I tell u again Floyd is worried about his health. Check YouTube and hear it from the horses mouth. If only he had the confidence all u had the fight would’ve been done years ago

    G-killa on April 17th, 2014 at 11:40 AM

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