After being sentenced to a 90 day jail term stemming from a conviction on a domestic violence charge where he beat the mother of his children in front of them, Floyd ‘Maynever’,Jr. was scheduled to begin serving that jail time January 6, 2012.
Having successfully manipulated the Nevada court system (that jail term being pushed back to begin sometime in June 2012) the Floyd ‘Maynever’, Jr. team of attorney’s argued their client had secured a date of May 5th for a fight asking the judge to ‘strongly consider the impact such a fight would mean to the Las Vegas, and Nevada economy’.
This argument was nonsense primarily because at that time, and to this date, no oppponent had been signed or serious negotiations begun with anyone that would validate that stance.
Criminals all across the country (as could be expected) began filing for their own dates of incarceration to be ‘pushed back’ as they concluded their reasons were just as legitimate as those of ‘Maynever’, Jr’.
Permission granted (so far only for ‘Maynever’, Jr.), and soon after the boxing world again began considering prospective opponents for the man all love to see…in the ring.
The names of Robert ‘The Ghost’ Guerrero and Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez immediately surfaced mainly because of May the 5th being part of Cinco de Mayo weekend’s celebration.
After Alvarez (Golden Boy Promotions) considered the ‘Maynever’, Jr. proposal and was removed as a potential opponent, the team of Robert Guerrero began stepping up their demands for a Guerrero vs ‘Maynever’, Jr. clash.
Such a fight would be good for Guerrero, but would in no way provide the promised ‘economic boom’ promised by the attorney’s representing ‘Maynever’, Jr.
The ‘Maynever’, Jr. verbal assault which usually begins after a fight has been signed, then targeted Bob Arum (Top Rank) and Manny Pacquiao, who before this had NEVER been named as a possible opponent for the date of May 5th, Cinco de Mayo weekend.
The man all ‘love to hate’ in boxing, Bob Arum then strangely decided to ignore the ‘calling-out’ strategy of ‘Maynever’, Jr. and proceeeded to announce his own fight date of ‘sometime in June 2012’ for his client and uninterested in any May 5th fight date citing numerous excuses mainly a minor cut over the right eye, sustained in Pacquiao’s fight against Juan Manuel Marquez, needing more time to heal.
Thanks to this age of technology, ‘Maynever’, Jr. then unleashed a twitter challenge to Pacquiao ending with words ‘STEP UP PUNK!’, and some lost their minds, alleging such words were definitely those demanding a fight be made.
Floyd was actually milder in tone when attempting to intimidate prospective opponents and his own family members as the word ‘faggot’ usually easily flows from his mouth, but this time (to his credit) he did show some reservation.
Bob Arum is undaunted by the ‘Maynever’, Jr. shenanigans and is doing his best to force a date and venue more to his liking that forces the hands of both ‘Maynever’, Jr. and Golden Boy Promotions, leaving fight fans to argue which side is more to blame.
Until such a fight between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd ‘Maynever’, Jr. is signed with a definite date and venue secured, ‘The Great Manipulators’ Bob Arum (Top Rank) and Floyd ‘Maynever’, Jr. (Golden Boy) continue to ‘thumb their nose’ at you the boxing fans, who have again been shown you remain nothing more than mere puppets on a string.
For Denver fight fans look for Steve Mestas (House of Pain/Airtight Boxing 303) , Henry Degado (Delgado Promotions) and Jim ‘Smitty’ Smith (Poor Boys Boxing) to provide quality, competitive fights here locally, without all the nonsense.
Stephen Johnson feature writes for INSIDE BOXING.com, BORICUA BOXING.com, UNTIL THE NEXT ROUND.com, and UNDISPUTED FIGHT MAGAZINE.com