Mayweather: 'The timing is right'
Milan Ordoñez on Feb 24, 2015 11:40 AM
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MANILA - Apparently, it is all about "timing" for Floyd Mayweather.
It may have taken almost six years to make the bout happen, but on Saturday, everything was made final. Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao will finally get to settle the score on who the best boxer of the modern day really is.
The years of futile attempts at successful talks were mostly blamed on Mayweather, for the most part. His ludicrous demands of drug-testing policies and purse cuts led many to believe that he was ducking the fight. Many even went as far as claiming that the pound-for-pound boxing king was too "scared" to face the man who can potentially erase the zero on the loss column of his record.
However, Mayweather did clear the air on the said situation right after the announcement was made, when he personally spoke to Yahoo! Sports' journalist Kevin Iole. Iole revealed parts of their conversation on SiriusXM Sports Zone.
"In 2010, the timing wasn't right," said Iole, recalling Mayweather's statements. "The timing is right, now. He said 'I am bigger than I was, Pacquiao was bigger than he was.'"
Over the past seven to eight years, boxing's credibility has taken a slight dip as the premiere form of prizefighting, particularly when mixed martial arts broke into the mainstream. There was also the belief that there was a lack of the kind of fighters and champions that existed in the sport's "golden age", such as the likes of "Sugar" Ray Leonard, Mike Tyson, and Evander Holyfield.
But for Mayweather, the quality of what is billed as the "Fight of the Century" is going to at least match the bouts of boxing's glory days in the 80's.
"He (Mayweather) thinks that the fighters today are at least as good, if not better than they were in the 80's," Iole continued. "And so he doesn't think that he or Manny have to take a back seat to Sugar Ray Leonard, or to Thomas Hearns, or to Roberto Duran."
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