December 10th, 2013 By Pedro Fernandez

Floyd Mayweather Manny Pacquiao "Closer To Reality"

Floyd Mayweather Manny Pacquiao “Closer To Reality”


San Francisco, CA– There is little doubt, especially since the shutout pitched by Manny Pacquiao a fortnight ago against Brandon Rios, people want to see Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather. One particular article that was the recent “Thrilla’ in Manila II” generated far more interest than any story of late. If Mayweather and Pacquiao were to fight in the Philippines, it would make this a truly epic encounter. The fearless and unbeaten champion fighting an icon on his soil be such a story in itself that the fight could suck and still be appreciated.


A decision this week by the World Boxing Council, of which Mayweather is recognized as the welterweight (147 lb.) champion has made Manny Pacquiao the “mandatory” or #1 ranked challenger for the unbeaten Las Vegan. Floyd likes to talk about boxing history, at least when he’s part of it, but a world champion is just that, a world champion. Not the champion of Las Vegas, the United States or North America, Floyd is the world welterweight champion.


That being said, if the personal safety of the Mayweather group could be guaranteed in the Philippines, meaning 24 hour security hired from outside the country, that I really see no reason for it not to go.
History, history, Floyd do you remember that Muhammad Ali’s true signature bouts were against George Foreman was in Zaire and Joe Frazier in Manila.


You’ve also got to be wondering how Mayweather is to react to this. I mean, he’s never been forced to do anything he doesn’t want to do since his becoming the best boxer in the game. He could tell the WBC to get screwed, or if he were smart, he’d have his people talking with Manny Pacquiao’s people to get the fight the world is awaiting done.


From a personal and professional perspective, fighting and defeating Manny Pacquiao in front of his own people, this would indeed be a crowning moment, a far more glorious event than Floyd having his hand raised in Las Vegas.


As far as the drug testing issues, Manny Pacquiao has agreed to such, but he wants a cut off date which to me and many others seems somewhat suspicious. When you look at the testing process involving Mayweather’s recent bouts, they didn’t take any blood in the last 10 days leading up to the fight. No, the process of urine testing is implemented as the fight nears.


We can go on and on about Manny being scared of needles, which turned out to be nothing more than verbal manure from the mouth of Bob Arum, Manny’s promoter. On Floyd’s side, how can they not realize that this fight would be the crown jewel of Mayweather’s professional career, if he were to go to the Philippines and beat Pacquiao fair and square.


In closing, if this fight doesn’t happen, be it in the Philippines which is a long shot or the United States, the blame will have to lay at the feet of Floyd Mayweather. For if he isn’t scared of Manny Pacquiao, the fight will happen before 2014 closes out.

Pedro Fernandez


  1. Manny was tested by Vada prior to his fights with Rios and did not ask for a cutoff date. In fact, I believe both fighters were tested in the Sunday/Monday leading up to the fight.

    jason nava on December 11th, 2013 at 12:01 AM
  2. Mayweather will not fight Manny in the Phillipines. I will stop short of saying he’s afraid to, but he wouldn’t accept a challenge like that, even though I’d favor him as much as 7-1. He will drop the WBC belt.

    tommyrenob on December 11th, 2013 at 7:13 AM
  3. Pedro- now you are talking from the heart. I hear you. Bravo. Lets hope it comes down to these two great fighters saying ” Lets do this !!! ” & let the world see & be done with it.

    silvestre canto on December 11th, 2013 at 8:03 AM
  4. Two words sums up this situation….Riddick Bowe.

    Two more words…..Trash Can.

    Richard on December 11th, 2013 at 8:34 AM
  5. any kid can understand that floyd is scared of loosing if not why not to fight and get the huge sum of money he has never recieved in his boxing career

    ronnie on December 11th, 2013 at 8:43 AM
  6. You’re still insisting on the “cut off date” drug test. What have you been reading?

    dyords on December 11th, 2013 at 10:33 AM
  7. absolutely floyd would drop the wbc belt… evading manny pacquiao this time its checkmate for floydiegirl probably at this moment his thinking of another excuses because he was pressured by the WBC his the champion and he will obliged to defend it.. I really dont understand why this guy floyd didnt like slug it out to a small fellow like Pacquiao and said he definitely a sure win if they encounter..

    mark lopez on December 11th, 2013 at 10:39 AM
  8. its more fun in the philippines! it would be epic! floyd win or lose would win adulation from his fans and haters all over the world

    mr right on December 11th, 2013 at 11:13 AM

    Ryo Plaza on December 11th, 2013 at 11:20 AM
  10. Pedro, fight won’t happen. Reason? Arum.

    todaline on December 11th, 2013 at 11:27 AM
  11. Now we know why the BWAA crowned PACQUIAO fighter of the Decade.
    Like ALI, He faces all comers…..

    Hence FLOYD continues to Validate why not only is he NOT worthy of the Fighter of the Decade…

    But he earned another Title….COWARD of the DUCKADE

    Bert Sugar on December 11th, 2013 at 11:51 AM
  12. This is great. I’m sure the WBC is looking to get a huge chunk of cash on the sanctioning fee though, but still it’s great. Even though I favor Floyd, I give Pac more than a puncher’s chance, based on his speed and footwork. Don’t see a KO for Floyd as he will not sit down on his punches for fear of return fire. Ball clearly in PBF’s court now. Great thing is that if the Promoters can’t get it done, it goes to purse bid. I could see a foreign Billionaire ponying up at least $500 Mill for the fight to happen. PBF victim of his own success here, as fans ridiculing A Mere Con possibility. Of course, Floyd can dump the 147 title and defend against his WBA mandatory, Erislandy Lara. I think Floyd fears him more than Pac. Since Floyd already beat the BIG names at 154 (Cotto and Canelo), he’ll have to fight Lara, Kirkland, or Molina, and those are fights I don’t think he wants (as he can be beat by those guys) Lara has the skill, size and Pop, Kirkland and Molina will walk through shots to give some of theirs. Thank goodness the WBC is so F’n Greedy.


    SKERGE on December 11th, 2013 at 1:57 PM
  13. Pedro, Ali fought in Zaire and Manilla, but they were supposedly neutral sites. In reality, for Ali, it was more like fighting at home, just more exotic. The crowds were 90% behind him! PBF is a world champion, but it doesn’t mean he has to fight in the challengers back yard. Do you really think he would get a fair decision in Manilla? He ain’t knocking Manny out. You mention 24 hour security for the Mayweathers, but what about the judges? Do you think they get out of the country in one piece giving PBF the nod in a close fight! Will they even risk that? I don’t think so! Why risk it? Fighting Manny in the Philippines, or any other Asian country sounds good, but is just plain ridiculous to think he should. I would like to see them fight, and wonder if it will happen. If it doesn’t eventually happen then PBF is scared, and a punk. Coming off a big win against Canelo he can take an easy fight against Khan.

    Joe G. on December 11th, 2013 at 6:42 PM
  14. Good points Joe G!

    Pedro Fernandez on December 11th, 2013 at 7:27 PM
  15. Let me get this straight… Instead of railing on these bogus ratings, we rail on Floyd for not bowing down to Sulaiman??? C’mon now… Pac barely woke up from his coma and because he beat Rios, Floyd is afraid of him again? This is unbelievable!

    r.a.w. on December 11th, 2013 at 7:37 PM
  16. Manny Pacquaio vs Rios was a setup bout against a Jr Welterweight who was made to order for Floyd. Manny does nt deserve a shot at Floyd or to be inserted as a #1 contender for any belt let alone the Welterweight title. I grew up wating boxing in the 80s in which the #1 contender had to be the number 2 to get a title shot in most cases. I find it strange to think that manny deserves a shot based on being 1-2 his last 3 fights. making him the #1 contender is the same as giving Jack Nicholas a spot in the Masters because of his name. a Lifetime achievement award. Let him beat Thurman, or Guerrero. Hell anyone not old or limited. Pedro whats gotten into you????

    Daryl nash on December 11th, 2013 at 8:05 PM
  17. Little floyd knows that boxing is business than entertainment.
    Latest 3 fights of floyd was boring, he dont want to fight toe to toe
    As what fans want to see. He is clearly avoiding pacquiao, he is not a true
    Champion if he avoid pacman afraid to have 1 loss than to earn big.

    Roy on December 11th, 2013 at 8:11 PM
  18. Who says Floyd will fight Pacman? He will Fly away in May even if the Weather is good. No way will Floyd fight Pacman. I’m 1000% sure he will not fight. He still has 1000 irrational reasons to avoid fighting Pacman.

    Andrew R. Capiral on December 11th, 2013 at 8:17 PM
  19. I’ve said it a million times, this fight is not going to happen! Don’t waste your time hoping for it.

    ranz on December 11th, 2013 at 10:22 PM
  20. Two words Chicken Sh*t.

    Steve Stahler on December 11th, 2013 at 10:41 PM
  21. Pac’s game plan last fight against rios was supposively reserve for floydie… have you seen how pac’s punch to body, in round 1? and that only the opening floydie can give to pac’s maybe before he get rattled…

    edu on December 11th, 2013 at 11:24 PM
  22. Dayrl Nash: Manny is 1 out of 3 (even though most thought he beat Bradley)….

    How in tarnations is Khan any better when he’s 2 out of 4??

    1200 Techs on December 12th, 2013 at 12:58 AM
  23. I’m Sure Floud will not accept this challenge. People know him, He is scared of the PACMAN.

    hamlet on December 12th, 2013 at 2:24 AM
  24. I think Duck Dodger drops the belt he’s already loading up the excuses

    Manuel largo on December 12th, 2013 at 10:11 AM
  25. What does the chicken say: Pok Pok pok pokok! Pok pok pok pokok!

    Juan on December 13th, 2013 at 11:23 PM
  26. mayweather will opt to drop the belt instead of facing pacquiao…the thought of pacquiao chasing him is a spine chilling and fearful scenario that is so debillitating to him..he will come up with another or more excuse for sure and avoid showdown with pac. I am 100 per cent sure or i can eat my shit….

    barokbok on December 30th, 2013 at 4:25 PM

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