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 Last update:  4/3/2012       Read more by Boxing Clever         
   
Ray Leonard: Mayweather, Pacquiao are Hurting Legacies
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Boxing legend Sugar Ray Leonard appeared on BBC Radio 5 live, and discussed the damage being done because welterweight champions Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao, the two biggest stars in the sport, are unable to reach an agreement for the biggest fight in boxing. The two sides have been unable to reach an agreement for several years.

"More than damaging to boxing, it's damaging to their legacy. This is for history, for people to say 'I remember when'. It's beyond money. From the 1990s back to the 1960s, there were great fighters, there was an abundance of talent. Now you just hear about Pacquiao and Mayweather. They are amazing guys who could have dealt with the guys in our era, but they've got to do what's best for themselves, and I don't mean financially," Leonard said.

"When someone comes up to you and says, 'you know what, I was with my grandfather when you fought Tommy Hearns' or 'when you lost that fight to Duran, my dad cried', those are special moments."

Tags: Manny Pacquiao , Floyd Mayweather Jr. , Mayweather-Pacquiao , Mayweather vs Pacquiao


 

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comment by richardt, on 04-05-2012
The point I'm making is that Manny left himself open to a low ball by saying he would take less and as I mentioned, Mayweather had no business offering him that. At that point it would be partially up to Pac to define "less". It doesn't matter if it was to the media or during negotiations, Pac sh...

comment by Stop, on 04-04-2012
The only one hurting his legacy is Mayweather. The entire world knows he's the one ducking and it doesn't help his case at all after his recent interviews basically saying he's too scared to fight Pacquiao. I guess you gotta "self preserve" when you have a "0" to maintain.

comment by sdcluser, on 04-04-2012
Sugar Ray... you mean when you waited Hagler to slow down. Yeah, that does damage the sports at all.

comment by Fighting Pride, on 04-04-2012
[quote]Yes Floyd is a duck too. But why the HELL would Pac say he would take less and then not be willing to do it? He said he would take less, Mayweather offered him less and he declined. Mayweather had no business offering less than 50-50 but Pac baited the offer! Like I said, both are Prima Do...

comment by khargoosh, on 04-04-2012
[QUOTE=BIGPOPPAPUMP]Boxing legend Sugar Ray Leonard appeared on BBC Radio 5 live, and discussed the damage being done because welterweight champions Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao, the two biggest stars in the sport, are unable to reach an agreement for the biggest fight in boxing. The t...

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