I swore to myself that I would never do this, but due to the overflow of emails I received regarding my "Observe and Fight" article from Monday, I have decided to give the fans their own voice. I asked you, the fans, if you thought Mayweather vs. Pacquiao was truly dead, and you responded in full force. Below are a few of the most interesting emails I received on the topic of Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao.
The first email is not one I would usually include in a mailbag, but I thought it would be appropriate for everyone to read just to give you fans an honest idea of some of the stuff that we get sometimes. Below is the initial unedited email I received from Cris (no last name) regarding my article, followed by my response, and then another response from Cris.
"Hey negro fucking mayweather nutthugger..why dont u blame ur master nigger mayweather for not making the fight..u negro stop writing junk u banana eater." - Cris
DK: Thank you for the comments. By the way, I am a white guy (actually 1/2 white, 1/2 Cuban, but you wouldn't know it by looking at me) so this comment doesn't really offend me in any way, shape, or form, but I'll be sure to pass along your thoughts to anyone who would like to listen. Thank you for being a loyal FightHype reader. If if wasn't for fans like you, we wouldn't have a website, and people wouldn't know the true feelings of others behind a computer screen.
"Fyi im not a fighthype reader or whatsoever..i thought im gonna read something informational..its just happend i was browsing pacland.. guess you got me with ur title "mayweather vs pacman is dead" instead of being balance about ur article..you nuthugg maywether..instead of exposing why the fight never happens..u f****** nuthug mayweather..anyways who cares what im gonna tell you..im just a guy behind a computer screen and ur just a writer who happens to be a mayweather nuthugger..what a garbage..i dont mind u pass it with ur friends at fighthype besides majority of u guys are mayweather nuthuggers..im just wondrin if floys owns this site..okay white boy" - Cris
DK: Since Cris said he doesn't mind that I pass this email along to my friends at FightHype, I thought I would share it with all of my friends who read the website. I'm sure Cris would love to hear from all of you (Mayweather or Pacquiao fans) on your feelings about his email. Please show Cris some love by flooding his email at email@example.com with your own opinion about his comments.
"I believe that the fight, if it ever goes through, between Mayweather and Pacquiao will still be a good one to watch. Manny is not desperate when he offered 45-55 purse split. He just want to lure Mayweather to fight him. Remember when Floyd was asking for the whole pay per view income and offered Manny only $40 million? He is not sure of himself if he's gonna beat Pacquiao, that's why he's asking for the big money. Pacquiao's loss to Timothy Bradley is an eye opener for him. The loss became an advantage for Manny because it awakened the warrior out of him. If Cotto can penetrate Mayweather as all of us saw in their last fight, how much more for Pacquiao who is probably 3 or more times faster than Cotto and stronger too. As per Manuel Marquez, Pacquiao hits harder than Mayweather. So, if the Pacquiao-Mayweather fight will push through, Floyd will be in for a rough night...and might lose or gets knocked out. If Mayweather will take away his greediness and does not chicken out we will finally know who the better boxer is." - Joven V.
DK: Thanks for the comments, Joven. I still believe the fight will be one sided. Pacquiao may hit harder than Mayweather, but it's difficult to hit Mayweather. I still contend the only reason Cotto was able to "penetrate" Mayweather was because Mayweather stood toe-to-toe. When was the last time Mayweather stood toe-to-toe like that with anyone? Maybe it was Mayweather getting older, losing a step, and not being as agile, but I still believe he boxes circles around Pacquiao. It's no disrespect to Pacquiao. He is still #3 on my P4P, and is still an elite fighter, but he is just not on Mayweather's level at this point, in my opinion. I still think Marquez is going to pull out the victory against Pacquiao, so it's difficult to say about the money. There have been so many back and forth stories about why the fight hasn't been made. I honestly blame both sides 50/50 for why the fight has never happened.
"I'm still interested in the fight. Boxing will be shot back to the front page if it takes place. No one can doubt that. We need it to happen. It's a little thing called closure. This fight will pave the way for the next wave of boxing stars who can't get the main stage because fans are stubborn and stuck on these two. This chapter needs to be finalized so Canelo, Broner, Ward, and the rest can get their PPV breakthrough." - Sean
DK: That's an excellent point, Sean. If the fight takes place, it will still shoot boxing back to the forefront of the sports headlines, however, if Pacquiao or Mayweather loses along the way (and as I wrote, I think Marquez will beat Pacquiao), it's no longer an important fight.
"David, In response to your article; as a fight fan i agree that pacquiao In regards to his last performances, bumps him down a notch from p4p charts. We are all used to the knock outs, which Pacquiao has failed to produce in his past 3 fights. However i do not see him as a struggling fighter. IMO He is still more than capable of Challenging Mayweather, in fact he would produce more of an exciting fight than the Cotto match with Mayweather, and that was a spectacular fight! There will ALWAYS be an interest in the fight, both in the US and internationally. I also agree that Marquez has the high potential in finally getting the nod for the decision, even get a UD. But the formula is NOT Mayweather beats Marquez easy = Maywether beats pacquiao Easy. your philosophy that this isnt a match between the 2 best fighters anymore may be true, but there is still so much following between the two fighters, and the whole mystical rivalry that built up the past 3 years is still enough to break records and create a boxing superbowl event." - Chris (easy day)
DK: Thanks for the comments. I agree that this is still a mega-event fight. However, I don't believe, at this point, it will break the PPV record of De La Hoya vs. Mayweather of 2.47 million buys. Two years ago, I would've said this fight would easily exceed 3 million buys, and possibly 4 million, but not anymore. Pacquiao is still my #3 P4P fighter. I still have Martinez behind Pac. He is still an elite fighter, but he is on the downside of his career. I contend that had Mayweather fought in his same old, boring style against Cotto, he wouldn't have lost a round. I think the fight still makes many millions of dollars, but it doesn't break DLH vs. Mayweather, and is no longer the Super Bowl of boxing. They had a chance to do something special, regardless of the outcome of the fight, but egos in both camps got in the way. I place equal blame on both parties. Plus, I think Marquez will finally beat Pacquiao, which will diminish the fight even more.
"I don't think the fight is dead nor do I feel fight fans will bail on it if it happens. What people are tired of is the lies & BS coming from one side or the other, depending on who you favor. Regardless I feel Pac should have taken the 40 Million Floyd offered him because as we all see, anytime Pac tries to do anything on his own look what happens. Ole Bob got pissed at the thought that Pac even spoke with Floyd & what happen "Ole Bob spanked him in the Bradley fight". But after watching the fight Bradley in my opinion won just from landed punches. All this Pac did this & Pac did that are for those who follow this guy like he's a king or something. But back to the subject at hand, the fight will still make a lot of money because as I said people want to see it & no matter what someone tries to put I their heads through the media outlets it's a good fight. Now they are both getting up in age but I personally would love to see the fight & would pay the normal cable fee to see it. If it's $20.00 more than normal then I'll be watching it a week later, hahahaha!!!!!! I'm betting on Floyd by stoppage, I think he's going to school Pac & do it in a way so there is no doubt in anyone's mind that he was & will forever be an ATG." - Jonathan C.
DK: I agree with everything you say, but ask yourself this...had this fight taken place 2 years ago, wouldn't you have paid $20 above the normal PPV price for the fight? I know I would have. If the fight ever does take place, I will pay for it (if I don't attend), and the fight will make a ton of money, but it won't exceed De La Hoya vs. Mayweather in 2.47 million PPV buys. The fact remains that this fight is no longer the Super Bowl of boxing that can supposedly "save the sport."
"Hello David, what's up? I must tell you the truth. Even though i like Fight Hype and your work a lot, i really would like to understand why you said such a thing about Mayweather/Pacquiao fight...that it won't happen "officially." Man, when i read that title it just killed me, you can't say that if you're not 100% sure. All the fans still dream about that fight and it still might happen. Come'on, have faith! And I'm sure it will happen, because there is so much money to take, of course!" - Louis T.
DK: LOL. What's up, Louis? The title of the article is "Why Mayweather vs. Pacquiao is officially dead," but in the first section, I said, "Let me make one thing clear, I am NOT saying this fight will never happen." I was trying to make the point that the fight is no longer the mega-event, saving grace, Super Bowl of boxing like it was 2 years ago. I do believe the fight could eventually happen, and it will make a lot of money, but this fight will no longer break records, and I think Marquez is going to beat Pacquiao this time, which will diminish the Mayweather vs. Pacquiao thing even more. I do hope to see the fight eventually, but I still think it won't be competitive. I thought Mayweather was going to dominate a unanimous decision 2 years ago, and after Pacquiao's last few performances, nothing has changed my mind.
"I also agree with you on that the fight will be meaningless. I have believe that for sometime now and if it does happen, its just for money. A boring fight that will not benefit boxing, only the promoters pockets. With the previous weekend we had in boxing, we are good right now. We got are stars right now and that's Martinez,Ward,& Canelo. Maybe a match within that we be the worth it." - LatinoPride
DK: I agree that the fight is meaningless at this point, but make no mistake, Mayweather and Pacquiao are still the two biggest superstars in boxing, and nobody will do higher numbers than them. Ward, Martinez, and Canelo may be stars, but they don't come close to the level of fame of Floyd and Manny.
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