He's Ba-ack: Floyd Mayweather Wants Pacquiao

The inevitable rumors have begun about the unretirement of Floyd Mayweather Jr. for the purposes of fighting the newly crowned king of the boxing universe, Manny Pacquiao. ↵

↵According to many sources, Floyd Jr. (a.k.a. Lil Floyd, a.k.a. Money May) contacted several members of his family immediately after Pacquiao’s destruction of Oscar De La Hoya this past Saturday night to tell them that he wants a piece of Pac Man. ↵

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↵It’s hardly surprising news, in that Floyd’s retirement always seemed to be merely a grandstand maneuver for the press that in truth only put his career on hold until a gigantic mega-event came along and lured him back into the ring. Pacquiao’s ascension has provided said mega-event on a diamond platter, a battle between two huge stars, each with a claim to being the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world. ↵

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↵To that end, it seems that Floyd is wasting no time in mobilizing his team, and what is surprising is who he wants to spearhead that team. According to Floyd Mayweather Sr., Lil Floyd’s father and former trainer, the fighter contacted him by telephone this weekend, leaving a message to the effect that he wants his dad back in his corner for a potential fight with Pacquiao. The Mayweathers Jr. and Sr. have had a long-standing tumultuous relationship that was intimately documented in Floyd’s two turns on HBO’s 24/7 series. For years now, Floyd has been trained by his uncle, the irrepressible Roger Mayweather, a fact that has proven a never-ending source of rage and disbelief to Floyd Sr. ↵

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↵If Lil Floyd is indeed reaching out to his father to train him for Pacquiao, I can’t help but suspect that there is more a Machiavellian than a familial motive behind it. The reason being that Floyd Sr. is the current trainer of one Ricky Hatton, who many feel will be next in line in the Pacquiao sweepstakes for a oft-discussed Pac Man/Hatton fight at Wembley stadium in the spring of ‘09. If Hatton were to beat Pacquiao (a very big if, I grant you), it undoubtedly would squelch what promises to be a stratospheric payday for a Floyd/Manny fight come the fall. ↵

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↵And we all know how Mr. Money May feels about money. Most observers felt that Daddy Floyd’s work with Ricky Hatton reaped immediate dividends in his recent fight with Paulie Malignaggi (I admit that I was not one of these observers). No doubt a provision of any reconciliation between the Mayweathers would be that Floyd Sr. drop his gig with Hatton to concentrate his efforts on Floyd Jr. full-time, removing at least one avenue whereby Ricky might find the inspiration and the know-how to conquer the mighty Manny. ↵

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↵Floyd is definitely not shy about getting his family members out of other fighters’ corners when it comes to a possible conflict of interest concerning his pocket-book. Last year, when it still seemed likely that he would fight a lucrative rematch with Oscar De La Hoya in September ‘08, Floyd insisted that his uncle Roger step down from his usual gig of training Stevie Forbes, who Oscar took on as a tune-up fight in May. The rationale was, look Uncle Rog, if you do such a good job of training of Forbes that he beats De La Hoya, then it takes money out of the family till, because my payday with Oscar will be ruined. ↵

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↵It seems very Floyd, very Floyd indeed, that he would pull a similar move with his dad and Ricky Hatton, and do it under the auspices of welcoming Floyd Sr. back into the fold. Money May is one hell of a chess player, in and out of the ring, always thinking three moves down the line. And you know what they say: Keep your friends close, and keep your father closer. ↵

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This post originally appeared on the Sporting Blog. For more, see The Sporting Blog Archives.

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