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Hagler: Floyd Jr. scared of fighting Pacquiao

August 26, 2010 8:46pm

Look who's labeling Floyd Mayweather Jr. scared of fighting Manny Pacquiao?

Marvelous Marvin Hagler, one of the greatest middleweight fighters of all-time, branded Floyd Jr. as such in the aftermath of the two botched negotiations that put on hold the fight everybody wants to see.

"With the Pacquiao and Mayweather fight, I think that Mayweather might be a little scared," said Hagler in a rare interview aired by On The Ropes boxing radio show.

Now based in Italy, where he has become a big movie star shortly upon his retirement from the ring, Hagler compared Floyd Jr. to the great Sugar Ray Leonard, who wouldn't agree to fight a champion like him unless he gets all the conditions he wants.

"He's (Floyd Jr) almost looking like a Sugar Ray Leonard in the type of sense where he is dictating all of the time," said Hagler of his multi-titled rival, who defeated him in a disputed split decision in the biggest fight of 1987 that proved to be Hagler's last.

Mayweather's insistence for him and Pacquiao to undergo random drug testing derailed the initial negotiations for a possible bout many believe would end up as the richest in the history of the sports.

Likewise, the refusal of the Mayweather camp to agree to the supposed terms negotiated by Pacquiao promoter Bob Arum, Mayweather representative Al Haymon and HBO executive Ross Greenburg put on hold the second round of talks for the bout being eyed to be held on November 13 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Hagler said if Mayweather really wants to take on Pacquiao, no amount of disagreements in the negotiating table could stop them from making the fight.

"If you're going to fight, let’s fight. Let's stop all this stuff. Let's just get it on. I mean that is what boxing is about," said the 56-year old former undisputed world middleweight champion.

"So he (Mayweather) is trying to gain more money or whatever. I mean you already made enough money. Do you want to fight the guy? Yes or no?"

Hagler believes Pacquiao is more than ready to take on Mayweather, stressing, "I think Pacquiao is saying, "Come on! Let’s do it today."

The native of Newark, New Jersey said Pacquiao should just move on if and when Floyd Jr. really showed signs he's not willing to fight the Filipino congressman from the lone district of Sarangani province.

"I wouldn't wait around for Mayweather. I would take another fight and still make as much money as I can and then leave the game while I’m still on top," Hagler said.

Exactly what Pacquiao has been doing as he's now eyeing controversial Mexican fighter Antonio Margarito as his probable next opponent in his ring return three months from now. - RCJ, GMANews.TV
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