Count Roy Jones Jr. as a member of the ever-increasing crowd of people who believe the recently-jailed Floyd Mayweather wants no part of Manny Pacquiao.
Jones claims he has always had a good relationship with Mayweather, but he believes the 35-year-old champion’s main objective is staying undefeated, not putting on the best fights. Jones applauded Pacquiao for taking risks and fighting all comers, while he essentially accused Mayweather of choosing his opponents carefully.
After nearly three years of the public begging for a Pacquiao-Mayweather fight, the two sides have never been able to reach an agreement. Even now that Pacquiao has agreed to unlimited drug testing – which Mayweather claims is the big hangup – the two parties can’t agree to a deal because “Money” refuses to give the Filipino a 50-50 split of the profits.
Jones essentially said that Mayweather doesn’t care what the public or media want, he is only concerned with staying unbeaten, while he cited several fights where Pacquiao has taken huge risks. Among those risks was a 2010 super welterweight fight with Antonio Margarito, and Saturday night’s showdown with the undefeated Timothy Bradley.
Pacquiao will have his hands full with Bradley Saturday night, but if he ends up winning, there is no one left for him to fight but Mayweather.
Jones and I agree that Bradley will be a tough nut to crack. He is an exceptional fighter and the fact that he is known for head butts and Pacquiao has had severe cuts before means that the bout could get ugly for Pac-Man.
Facing Bradley may not be the smartest thing for Pacquiao right now, but at least he’s willing to take the risk. There is very little chance Mayweather would do the same thing in his shoes.