By: Marcus (Mook) Washington
Saturday night’s Pacquaio-Mayweather fight was built up as the Fight of the Century but only one fighter showed up to perform and that was Floyd Mayweather Jr.
What has happened since then has been bizarre. At the post fight press conference, it was revealed that Manny Pacquiao had a shoulder injury that he had been dealing with it for a month. USADA had looked over the treatment of the shoulder and had determined that it didn’t violate the drug policy. The problem is, neither Pacquiao, his trainer Freddie Roach or Top Rank’s Bob Arum reported it to the Nevada Athletic Commission.
This is especially troubling because Pacquiao and his camp have spent months telling anyone who would listen how honorable and honest he was but what is coming out is something straight out of WWE. The Pacquiao camp intentionally lied on their pre-fight form that went to the NAC.
Instead of coming clean, they tried to put the NAC in a bad light by saying that USADA had approved the shots and the NAC waited until 90 minutes before the fight to say Pacquiao couldn’t take the shot before the bout. In reality, Pacquiao and his camp had hidden the shoulder injury from the NAC for a month giving them no choice but to deny Manny the shot before the fight.
What was built up to the Fight of the Century became the Dud of the Century. The blame falls squarely on Pacquiao’s dishonesty. “Money” might be Mayweather’s nickname but it was money that motivated the Pacquiao camp to sell their souls and cheat the fans. This has happened before a megafight before. Tommy Hearns was honest about an injury and had his fight with Hagler moved back and we got an instant classic.
But Saturday night wasn’t about trying to create a classic, it was about creating cash. Pacquiao had a chance to step up and show us who he purports him to be. Instead he showed us who he is, Money Manny.