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Foreman talks Pacquiao, Mayweather

By Vitali Shaposhnikov: In a recent interview with Examiner.com (http://www.examiner.com/boxing-in-las-vegas/that-s-been-the-biggest-surprise-of-all-manny-pacquiao-george-foreman), former world champion George Foreman explains his views on Manny Pacquiao as well as on Pacquiao’s proposed fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr.

George expressed his respect for Pacquiao by stating that Many has been the biggest surprise of all in boxing, calling Pacquiao the “man of the sport”. I of course it’s not hard to see why Pacquiao would be liked and respected by other champions: he provides it all, entertainment and results.

One thing that Foreman said surprised me quite a bit: “Both fighters are making all the money they want without fighting one another. They’re not egotistical enough to want to fight each other. It may never happen.” I truly hope this is either a misprint, or the interviewer must have misheard or misunderstood Foreman.

One thing that both Mayweather Jr. and Pacquiao share in common is their egotistical ego. Both think that they are god’s gift to boxing, both are convinced that they don’t need each other (that’s pretty egotistical to me), and both take their skill and throw it around opposition that only delivers a fat paycheck and a low probability of a loss.

The only decent opposition that Pacquiao has lately faced was Juan Manuel Marquez, to whom he almost lost the fight (some say this indeed happened, and was unfairly decided).

Mayweather Jr. has also been scrubbing for some easy opposition to face and make his millions. Fighting Ortiz was something Floyd should have been embarrassed in doing. No, not because Ortiz is a bad fighter, but because Mayweather Jr. is in an entirely different league.

Both of them are very egotistical, and this is exactly why the fight will happen.

Article posted on 15.12.2011



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