Emanuel Steward's Take on Mayweather vs Pacquiao

By Keith Idec

Emanuel Steward seems about as sick of talking about the possibility of a Manny Pacquiao-Floyd Mayweather Jr. fight as everyone else interested in boxing.

He, too, hopes the fight finally happens. The HBO Sports commentator doesn’t necessarily think, though, that the fight is any closer to being made now than it was two years ago, despite hints from Mayweather’s adviser, Leonard Ellerbe, last week that indicated Mayweather might want to box Pacquiao in May 5 in Las Vegas.

“My thoughts on Mayweather and Pacquiao fighting is it’s still 50-50,” Steward told Tony Paige on WFAN-660AM in New York early Saturday morning. “I don’t even think about it anymore in my mind. Everyone wants to see the fight except, it looks like, the fighters and the promoters who have the two fighters. They seem to be very comfortable with each one of the fighters picking up in their own separate way these … $30 million purses regularly. And they don’t have get into making negotiations with people they don’t like.”

Steward is in Las Vegas to call the third bout between Pacquiao (53-3-2, 38 KOs) and Mexican nemesis Juan Manuel Marquez (53-5-1, 39 KOs), a 12-round fight for Pacquiao’s WBO welterweight title at MGM Grand. If the Filipino superstar is able to decisively defeat Marquez this time around, the veteran trainer realizes the HBO Sports broadcast team might spend more time at the end of the telecast talking about Pacquiao-Mayweather than Pacquiao-Marquez III.

“It’s a fight that we’re all looking forward to, if it would happen,” Steward said. “But it could end up being an ugly fight, also. So I put it out of my mind.”

Keith Idec covers boxing for the Record and Herald News, of Woodland Park, N.J., and

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by mrjoeblive on 11-13-2011

[QUOTE=boxingnewsflash;11408003]i wish floyd's fans would stop being dumb n*g*rs for just a day and help make the fight happen instead of discouraging their stupid chicken hero by constantly convincing her that she's still the best out there even though she…

Comment by Spoon23 on 11-13-2011

[QUOTE=BoxingFollower;11408056][QUOTE=yesir;11408046]amaazes me when you asshats have to be racist, must be a sad life[/QUOTE You know it, and Steward knows what type of fight it would be. Lol, boy Manny would be getting that ass whooped badly.[/QUOTE] lol learn to…

Comment by mrjoeblive on 11-13-2011

[QUOTE=The Devil;11406527]Everyone knows Manny Stewturd doesn't have a real opinion on any fight or fighter unless it's paid for. If tomorrow Floyd or Pac hire him as a "consultant" suddenly Stewturd will have all these reasons why Fighter A is…

Comment by Jedi Vader on 11-12-2011

This quote sums it all up to a T. [QUOTE=Emanuel Steward]I think that Floyd will be able to control him because of the size and skill that he has. The combination of both may be a little too much for…

Comment by Cyberspace on 11-12-2011

Steward has always been upset at Mayweather's continual unwillingness to meet any real challenges. He has been polite about it because HBO but he knows the truth!

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