By Michael Marley
I can't speak for you or your Uncle Hermie, but I've already packed my bags, checked the validity on my passport and made a visa inquiry to go to South Africa for the highly anticipated Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Manny Pacquiao Super Bout.
It's what the word, Johannesburg or maybe Cape Town, right? If not there, then Sun City or some other casino venue, correct?
I certainly don't think another uncle, Uncle Jeff Mayweather, has bad intentions but this is just horsefeathers.
Percy Crawford wrote the story for Fighthype. No mercy required for Mr. Percy under the heading of don't shoot the media messenger.
"Steps are being taken to try and get Floyd Mayweather Jnr and Manny Pacquiao into the ring later this year, according to Mayweather's uncle Jeff. "Relations between the camps appeared to be permanently soured following the acrimonious breakdown of negotiations last year, with neither side able to find a resolution to a blood-testing dispute.
"The waters were further muddied by the string of charges hanging above Mayweather Junior's head, which could leave him facing a maximum of 34 years in jail. But now it seems that the Mayweather camp are willing to reopen discussions over one of the most hotly-anticipated fights in boxing history, which could be set to take place in South Africa. I know that he [Floyd Mayweather] is talking to Nelson Mandela's daughter because they are trying to put together something for his 93rd birthday.
"In the midst of that, they're also trying to make the fight between Floyd and Manny. Right now they are working to basically get a letter of intent for the fight to possibly take place. I'm negotiating with both sides and it's just a matter now of sending a letter of intent to Manny and one to Floyd through me and see where it can go."
First, Jeff is a trainer and not a promoter.
Second, Mandela's health is said to be poor and the economy in South Africa is ailing badly.
Third, SA boxing insiders and ex-promotional partners Cedric Kushner and Rodney Berman, longtime partners who have just broken bread after a 10 year business spat, know nothing about this.
Certainly, Kusher, with his connections in his homeland, and Berman, who has been the a promoter on the level of King plus Arum there for decades, would have heard some rumblings.
"Sounds like absolute balderdash to me," Kushner said from his midtown Manhattan office.
"Rodney and I just broke bread and he never mentioned it. I have heard nothing. Historically, the only Super Fights that have gone out of the United States have been the Rumble In The Jungle and the Thrilla in Manila, both bankrolled by dictators.
"In a way, something this might taint the great Mr. Mandela because the poor and disenfranchised are sure to say, "You can putup these many millions for a fight but you can't feed us. And the economy is particulary troubled."
Kushner grew up in apartheid South Africa and, despite having promoted huge rock concerts and countless world title bouts, counts a dinner meeting he had with Mandela, Robero Duran and Marvelous Marvin Hagler as his life's greatest thrill.
I guess I will unpack now.
"I saw this icon of the 20th century, meaning Mr. Mandela, and he was so interested, listened so intently to the stories of Hagler and Duran, that I found that aspect fascinating. It's very rare you get a close-up look of how your hero, and Mr. Mandela is mine, could have his own heroes."
Mandela had a boxing career in his youth, before going to prison for so long and then becoming president from 1994-1999.
In one New York City visit, Mandela also posed with Sugar Ray Leonard, Mike Tyson and Smokin' Joe Frazier.Tags: Manny Pacquiao , Floyd Mayweather Jr. , Mayweather-Pacquiao , Mayweather vs Pacquiao