Count down to Money May
The HBO 24/7 Countdown special notwithstanding, the return to the ring of Floyd 'Please Call Me Money" Mayweather has been anything short of routine even by his bizarre reputation.
Since it was announced several months ago that Mayweather would return to the ring after nearly a two-year retirement the anticipation has not been met with people holding their collective breath.
That Mayweather would retire after his most impressive victory against Ricky Hatton and then turn down another multi-million dollar payday to fight Oscar de la Hoya before walking into the sunset defied all economical logic.
His bankroll has tilted in to hundreds of millions, his popularity still questioned by his media critics, and despite his undefeated 39-0 records his legacy in the sport as brittle as his tender fist.
Some may get flash backs of Mike Tyson at the mere mention of Mayweather because of his candid outspokenness, but the fact that Mayweather doesn't drink or womanize put him in his own unique category.
Rumors of a debt to the IRS, a flirtation with Don King becoming his promoter, allegations of his bank account shrinking, a drive by shooting linking his Rolls Royce to the crime scene and guns and ammunition seized from his estate are just a peak into the world of 'Money May.'
The original date of his up coming fight with Juan Manual Marquez had to be postponed from July 18 to September 19 when he suffered a rib injury in training. Critics question if he was really injured and cited lagging ticket sales, but not only was he really injured he initially refused to go to the hospital and train with the injury.
Lately, the only person in America more criticized than Floyd Mayweather Jr. is President Barack Obama.
Love him or hate him, his fight with the undersized Mexican warrior Marquez will make folks forget about football for a minute and once again the bright lights of Las Vegas will beam on its most famous citizen.
Whether or not people will fork over $1,000 for a ring side ticket is another thing, but as long as 'Money May" get his $18 million it's all good.
During the most recent segment of HBO 24/7 episode, which has been lacking buzz of other Mayweather episodes, it was revealed that Marquez drinks his own urine after training a regime that he has been repeating for the past five years.
Marquez says that he is replenishing his body with the nutrients and vitamins that are flushed out by drinking his urine.
It is a taste test that will be on display when he moves up to the catch weight of 144 pounds to meet Mayweather in the most difficult challenge of his career.
His promoter, the Golden Boy himself feels that Marquez will be the best man, citing his loss to Pacquaio as an example that the bigger man does not always win.
It's a nice pitch, but few are actually buying it. As good a fight as Marquez is for a long time he wasn't event the best fighter in his own family.
He struggled with Juan Diaz before knocking him out and Diaz was clearly a loser in his last fight with Paul Malignaggi.
Mayweather really wanted the red hot Pacquaio, but settled for the chili pepper in Marquez. A victory will do very little for a legacy that really should not be questioned.
Marquez is just too small and does not have the skill set to make this much of a fight.
Mayweather will make it look easy, may even carry Marquez for a few rounds and the critics will come complaining again.
If you are 'Money May' you can't win for losing, but for $18 mill what can you say...