Freddie Roach (the biggest cherry picking trainer in boxing today) has gone on the record stating that Floyd is slowing down. I guess he feels that Floyd's been slowing down ever since the Mosley fight. I have to ask, if Mayweather was 32 when he fought Shane Mosley, and he showed signs of slowing down then, what does that mean for Pacquiao who's at that same age right now? I fail to understand how every other fighter begins to show signs of slowing down, but the one who refuses to take a drug test, looks 'faster than ever'?
No matter where you stand from a fan's point of view, the facts are clear. Freddie Roach looks for fighters who've had consecutive outings that show some type of vulnerability. On video, Roach stated that Oscar was the perfect opponent because of his age, and his last 2 fights weren't that great. During the Face Off with Margarito, he said that he saw his last 2 fights, when asked why he thought that Manny would get him outta there in 5 or 6 rounds. Miguel Cotto had 2 bad outings in a row. Shane Mosley had 2 bad outings in a row. The pattern is ever so clear.
I'm not saying that Floyd Mayweather is the model citizen of boxing. There are many things that I find annoying about him. He's not the shining example of the ultimate prize fighter. He does, however, make a concerted effort to take on the fighters who are in the ring to win, not just pick up a check. Freddie Roach is a cherry picker and the only way I see them allowing the fight to happen, is if Floyd Mayweather starts looking like he's vulnerable. Right now, I just don't see them willing to risk it all against a very capable fighter who can get it done like Mayweather can. I'd love to see that fight happen but common sense tells me that if Shane Mosley was 'too dangerous' at 37 years old, Marquez was avaoided for 3 extra years because he has Manny's number, hen Mayweather will never be on the horizon for them because he is still very much the most difficult night of work for Pacquiao that there is. I side with Mayweather when he says that the media praises PacMan for beating half dead fighters. Just tell the truth. If he's being led by a cherry picking team to beat on washed up fighters with names, then call it as such. Saying this guy is P4P the best fighter in the world because he beat up a few old guys, then you're just a dick rider. Let's not forget that Mayweather took on 2 fighters that Manny did not. They were there, they would've loved the opportunity but it was never offered because Team Pacquiao would rather prefer to sit back, let guys get good and beat up before he decided to make a move. Sorry to sound like a broken record but the pactards are back to doing what they normally do, talking crazy.