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Michael Irvin: Floyd Mayweather Jr. Making Brothers Look Bad by Ducking Pacquiao

We’ve been talking about a potential dream fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao for two years. In our first mention of the fight, it was Manny Pacquiao who said he had no interest in the bout. That was a long time ago, because things have changed since then.

Floyd said he had nothing to gain from the fight and demanded Manny Pacquaio take extra drug testing. Pacquiao initially refused, later acquiesced, but he’s always wanted a cutoff date for the testing. Because of his demands, it’s appeared as if Mayweather was ducking the fight. It’s so bad that he’s even been called out by Michael Irvin. Check out this interview the Playmaker gave to Elie Seckbach:

“I like both fighters but I’m telling you right now, I wish Mayweather would go ahead and fight the guy. It makes brothers look bad with all of this running. You know we’re not into the running.”

That’s a pretty funny line, but I back Floyd on this. He’s the one who looks bad because he doesn’t have a loudmouth promoter like Bob Arum controlling the press. If Pacquiao would agree to complete drug testing, this would be on. As it is, it looks like the fight will finally go down early next year.

HBO Rolls Out the Red Carpet to Bring Back Manny Pacquiao in November

Manny Pacquiao has returned to his familiar television home of HBO for his upcoming November fight with Juan Manuel Marquez. Pacquiao’s last fight in May was televised by Showtime, marking a significant departure from HBO Sports.

Showtime displayed extreme creativity in luring Pac-Man away from HBO. They offered him an appearance on 60 Minutes, a countdown series on CBS, and promotion during March Madness. HBO’s reluctance to match Showtime’s offer resulted in them losing arguably the biggest draw in boxing, and it led to the firing of Ross Greenburg. After losing Pacquiao’s May fight, HBO wasn’t about to miss out on his November bout.

The suits at HBO landed Pacquiao’s brawl with Marquez by putting together a package comparable to the one previously offered by Showtime. Lem Satterfield at RingTV.com has the details on everything HBO has promised:

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Manny Pacquiao Debuts as Game Show Host in ‘Manny Many Prizes’

The pilot for Manny Pacquiao’s new TV show in the Philippines premiered Saturday night. The show is called Manny Many Prizes, and it’s a show where Manny plays Santa and literally gives away prizes to contestants. The pilot was Manny’s idea, and he says his motivation is to help people. Pacquiao, who just finished a sitcom, has had some funny guests segments on TV in the U.S. (like this great appearance with Daniel Tosh) so he’s no stranger to the silver screen. The director even said Pacquiao is an all-around entertainer.

So what happened on the show? Manny gave away a house that went to a 61-year-old stroke survivor. He also awarded a fast food kiosk business to a high-school dropout, sending the message that anyone can make something of themselves the way he did (yes, Manny used to live on the streets). We don’t have an official video from the show, but we can show you a behind-the-scenes look at Manny preparing for his debut. Check it out:

Between leading the anti-condom fight as a congressman and hosting TV shows, how does he even have time for boxing? The guy must never sleep, but I guess that’s what it takes to win Ambassador of the Year. Now if you’re unsure of Manny Pacquiao’s celebrity power in the Philippines, check out this video of Manny’s three-minute long entrance:

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Floyd Mayweather: Shane Mosley Advised Getting Manny Pacquiao Drug Tested

Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Victor Ortiz kicked off a tour to publicize their September 17th fight with press conferences in LA and New York last week. The big story to emerge from the New York conference was Mayweather saying he absolutely wants to fight Manny Pacquiao. One of the stories to emerge from the LA press conference was Mayweather sharing that Shane Mosley, Pacquiao’s most recent opponent, advised Floyd to ensure he has Manny drug tested prior to their fight.

Mayweather wouldn’t reveal who reached out to whom with the conversation, but the contents are not a surprise. Mayweather told reporters “Shane Mosley, all he said was ‘You know what Floyd? If I were you, I would make him take the test.’ Especially saying before he went into the fight, he should have made him take the test.”

We all know the reason Shane Mosley didn’t ask for a drug test prior to the fight — all he cared about was cashing in on a huge payday; what happened in the ring was inconsequential.

You may recall that in May, Manny Pacquiao had to issue a denial statement after Shane Mosley and Floyd Mayweather Jr. publicized a “story” that said Pacquiao was using performance-enhancing drugs. Knowing that, it’s no surprise Mosley made the suggestion to Floyd.

Demanding Pacquiao take Olympic-style drug testing is nothing new for Floyd. The talks for their potential fight stalled in 2009 when Pacquiao would not agree to Mayweather’s testing demands. As I said then and as I’ll repeat now, if Pacquiao doesn’t have anything to hide then drug testing should not be a problem. But the last person who should get involved with these conversations is Shane Mosley. Not only is he a cheater, but he also didn’t care about drug testing as long as he was making millions.

Boxing Has Lost the Magic it Once Had, It’s Been Passed by MMA

Do you happen to remember a sage truism given to you by a parent, trusted loved one, or fortune cookie that came along with a restaurant check? A penny saved is a penny earned. Either I was sick on one of the many days my mom was dispensing clichés or was too weak from overfeeding on Kung Pao to muster the strength to crack open that V-shaped bearer of wisdom/empty calories to take in that luminous advice. Between holey pockets, incline benches at the gym (yes, I workout), and the random, shifty valet attendant, I have lost more pennies than I can count. The most recent example of money lost was what I spent to bear witness to the spectacle that was the Manny Pacquiao-Shane Mosley fight.

In fact, for the pleasure of watching that fight in public, I failed to save 2000 pennies. I should have taken Andrew Jackson’s accusing stare from the $20 bill I handed over to get in as a sign that maybe the money would have been best served being invested in soybeans, or at least a contentious game of bingo. Instead, for the first time in years, I gave boxing another shot. Lured by the prospect of seeing one of the quickest, most athletic politicians the Philippines’ Congress has ever known — I’ve heard of a punch card ballot, but this is ridiculous — against 39-year-old Shane Mosley, who was trying for another shot at glory against the WBO welterweight champion. To Pacquiao’s credit, they say politics is not a spectator sport … and they’re right.

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Manny Pacquiao Leads Anti-Condom Fight in Philippines

When Manny Pacquiao’s not destroying fools in the ring, he’s working as a congressman in his home country. Pac Man decided to chime in on a hot issue in the Philippines this week, expressing his opposition to a bill that encourages the use of contraceptives and family planning.

“God said, ‘Go out and multiply.’ He did not say, just have two or three kids,” Pacquiao preached.

In another interview, Pacquiao said “It’s sinful to use condoms and commit abortion. My parents were poor… they had four children, it was very difficult but we persevered.”

Pacquiao’s stance was viewed favorably by the Catholic church which is a powerful institution in the country; over 80% of Filipinos are Catholic. When Pacquiao says his parents were poor, he’s not joking. Manny literally turned to boxing after his dad killed the family’s dog for food. Given what Pac Man had to go through, I’m surprised he opposes the bill, but it’s clear he wants the support of the country.

It’s a good thing Pacquiao’s no longer has amateur status as a boxer because he sure wouldn’t fit in well at the Olympics. He also probably wouldn’t get along too well with Chad Ochocinco who once had a plan to market his own brand of condoms. Ultimately, Pacquiao’s stance is a curious one considering he’s admitted he and his wife have used birth control.

Daniel Tosh Takes a Punch from Manny Pacquiao (Video)

If you happened to think Daniel Tosh, star of the hit Comedy Central show Tosh.0, is nothing more than a witty comedian who digs up funny videos on YouTube, his season premiere on Tuesday night may have changed your mind a bit. Perhaps Tosh never had the chance to see what Manny Pacquiao did to Antonio Margarito’s eye last year.  Otherwise, he probably would never have agreed to let the welterweight champion punch him in the face on national television.  Have a look at the Daniel Tosh-Manny Pacquiao punch video:

I don’t care who you are or how much you’re getting paid, that takes balls.  I’m curious if Tosh agreed to this before or after the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world was accused of using steroids.  Whatever the case, you’ve got to love the call out of Floyd Mayweather at the end.  If I were Tosh I’d feel pretty good about the fact that I can now officially say I have taken more Pacquiao punches than Mayweather.