Steve Farhood: “There is no doubt that Manny Pacquiao still would be Mayweather’s biggest payday”

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Boxing commentator, Steve Farhood, was recently announced as being part of the 2017 Hall of Fame class. Farhood has worked in the sport for over 30 years and is going into the Hall in June with his long time broadcast partner, Barry Tompkins. Farhood and Tompkins recently celebrated Showtime boxing’s “ShoBox” 200th edition.

In my “On The Ropes” boxing radio with Steve Farhood, I discuss with him his HOF induction and to get his thoughts on the 2017 class. Steve also shares his thoughts on the potential for a Golovkin vs. Canelo fight in 2017, and his views on Joshua-Klitschko. Additionally, Farhood talks about a Mayweather vs. Pacquiao rematch and if he thinks we will ever see Mayweather in the ring again. Here is what Steve Farhood had to say.

Jenna J: You are named as part of the 2017 Hall of Fame class, how do you feel about that recognition?

Steve Farhood: It’s fantastic, I never dreamed that it could happen. It means everything to me and what makes it really special is to go in with my broadcast partner at ShoBox, Barry Tompkins, who is a good friend as well. You combine the personal recognition with the fact that I’ll be doing it with Barry, I just can’t wait, I wish June was tomorrow.

Jenna J: What do you think of the rest of the Hall of Fame class? Evander Holyfield, Marco Antonio Barrera and Johnny Tapia are also going in.

Steve Farhood: I think that this was an unusual year in that those three names, three modern day fighters, were all first time on the ballot. I think everybody kind of knew that these were slam dunks, these are first ballot Hall of Famers. I kind of feel bad for the other fighters who are outstanding and are on the list because everybody kind of knew that it was going to be Tapia, Barrera and Holyfield, it’s kind of hard to deny those guys.

It’s pretty cool to go in, I just wish Johnny was still with us, he was a good friend of all of us at Showtime because he fought in the network so often. Unfortunately he’s not with us anymore, but to go in with Barrera and Holyfield, it’s going to add a lot to it. Lets face it, nobody there is going to be coming to see Steve Farhood or Barry Tompkins, everybody is going to to be there to see Evander and Barrera, so it kind of makes it exciting.

Jenna J: I want to talk about some possible upcoming fights. People are hoping that Saul Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin fight in the fall of 2017, do you believe that the fight will happen?

Steve Farhood: I’m optimistic, and the reason is because they need each other. There aren’t a lot of guys for Golovkin to fight, he’s an amazing fighter but if you look at the victims on his list, there aren’t that many names that you say, “Oh that guy was special.” Golovkin just doesn’t have the quality of opposition.

Who is Canelo going to fight because of the politics? A lot of the better 154lb fighters are on the Showtime side of the street and Canelo is on the Goldenboy and HBO side of the street. I don’t know that there’s a lot of guys at 154lbs for Canelo to fight. I think they need each other and they’re going to make way more money fighting each other than anyone else, and it’s a fight the public wants to see, it’s probably the number one fight the public wants to see.

I’m optimistic it’s going to happen, but by waiting so long they run the risk of it never happening at all, and we’ve seen that happen with a lot of big fights. I hope it happens in 2017.

Jenna J: Anthony Joshua is set to fight Wladimir Klitschko. What do you think of Joshua as a fighter and what do you think of him taking such a big step up in competition?

Steve Farhood: You’re right, it’s a huge step up to fight Klitschko, I don’t care if Klitschko hasn’t fought in five years, it’s the best fighter he’s ever fought. There’s a tendency to think that Klitschko is either over the hill or close to done, but lets face it, Tyson Fury fought a very ugly fight but the right fight to beat Klitschko, that doesn’t mean that Klitschko is going to have the same result if he fights Joshua. What happens if Joshua gets hit on the chin? We want to see that.

I give Joshua a lot of credit for fighting Klitschko. Lets face it, 2016 wasn’t the hottest year in boxing, but the heavyweight division could carry the sport in the next two or three years because Wilder will be back and if injuries aren’t a problem, he will fight often. Things will hopefully build to a Joshua-Wilder fight, maybe with Fury thrown into the mix.

Lets get Joshua vs. Klitschko, it’s a huge fight and if Joshua beats Klitschko, I’d like to see Joshua get a little bit of exposure in the United States so that when he fights Wilder, it would be a gigantic fight.

Jenna J: There’s still talk of Floyd Mayweather having a rematch with Manny Pacquiao. Do you think that fight will happen and do you want to see it happen after the way the first fight played out?

Steve Farhood: I think Floyd Mayweather is not only a great fighter but he’s a very smart businessman. I think that he looks at Manny and his pay-per-view numbers for the last fight — they weren’t very good — and he says to himself, “If I come back, I have to come back for a huge payday.”

There is no doubt that Manny would be his biggest payday, even though a lot of people who bought the fight the first time won’t buy it the second time because it wasn’t a very good fight. Based on Manny’s name, it would still be the biggest fight for Floyd, and if he doesn’t think he can make a ton of money, because lets face it, he’s been a little spoiled with the money he’s made, I don’t think he’s going to come back.

When you’re Floyd’s age, every day you don’t fight makes it a little less likely that you’re going to come back. Would he fight Conor McGregor? Of course, who wouldn’t? Everybody wants McGregor because he’s not a boxer. But as far as Manny Pacquiao, I don’t think he sees Manny as the economic windfall that he would hope it would be, and that’s the only thing that would bring him back at this point. I’m leaning towards thinking that fight will not happen.

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16 Responses to "Steve Farhood: “There is no doubt that Manny Pacquiao still would be Mayweather’s biggest payday”"
  1. enrique says:


    • Jerry Lynch says:

      Let me guess…you are Filipino? Only a Flip would say “scared to” when the language dictates that at least the sentence would be “scared of”. Only a blind person (or a Flip) would ever say Pacman won that fight. I’m an American Pacman fan and I not only was disappointed in the fight, but lost a bity of money.

      Watch the fight again and find more than (possibly) 3 rounds Pacman could even be suspected of winning. He got his ass beat like a red headed stepchild and I choose to think it was because of his injury. Still, only an idiot, or a Filipino would ever say Pacman was even competitive in that fight.

      • Kevin-Ian Canono says:

        Only a Flip would say “scared to” when the language dictates that at least the sentence would be “scared of”. >>> You may have your point regarding the fight BUT this comment is unfair and racist for Filipinos.

        You awe FILIPINOS an apology, Sir.

        • Jerry Lynch says:

          I am not in “awe” of anyone and I do not OWE Filipinos anything, so I’ll answer another post at the same time. “Filipino” is a nationality, not a race, so I said nothing racist. Also, I reiterate, “only someone stupid,or a Filipino would think Pacman was even competitive in the fight” with Mayweather.

          As for tRump, I didn’t vote for that idiot, but Filipinos vote for the same senators, governors, congresspeople, mayors etc. over and over even while they KNOW those people are stealing from them and NOT doing their jobs…Marcos, Villar, Tolentino, Zubiri, Moreno, Aquino and many other clans come to mind.

          • bob says:

            I honestly believe you dont know boxing or just an idiot American who think they are the superior race.and maybe you are both!!! Lol

          • Flipino says:

            congresspeople? WTF are you talking about? That idiot Trump is a billionaire. What about you mister wise guy what do you for a living?

          • Kov says:

            Like floyd, like this man, they are both racist!!!

      • edel says:

        Mr.Lynch, Stereotyping the Filipinos and being a racist is not acceptable to any nationality.Filipinos will never go down to your level. More power to you SIR!!! lol

      • Arnold Dizon says:

        God bless you Mr. Jerry Lynch!

      • Tim says:

        Your president elect is going to have a tough time making “America” great again with people like you living there.

  2. Jim says:

    @Jerry Lynch,

    Fuck you ! Bitch. Lol

  3. Reynaldo R Lansangan says:

    Enrique is not only a pinoy but maybe a visaya. Paquiao is good for fighter who comes in but not for a pure boxer. He lost 100% to Floyd and he surely lost again i ever they fight again. And Jerry Lynch fyi im a Pinoy too.

  4. Reynaldo R Lansangan says:

    Btw Jerry Lynch i agree with you that Paquiao lost to Floyd but “Fuck You” for calling us a Flip “

  5. Rasec says:

    oh, we have a grammar police in our midst. fyi, mr. lynch, there’s no shame when “flips” commit the grave crime of wrong grammar since it’s not their native language. can you speak their language? of course not. and you shouldn’t be criticized for it since it’s not your language. so why don’t you get off your high horse and tuck that grammatical arrogance away. this is a boxing site after all so let’s just talk boxing.

    as far as the fight is concerned, only biased americans will say “only an idiot, or a Filipino would ever say Pacman was even competitive in that fight.” did you know the entire spanish panel covering the fight felt that pac not only won but was also robbed? brazil was another country that had many thinking manny won. several asian and european countries had articles claiming the wrong hand was raised. mosley, holyfield, lomachenko are some of the accomplished boxers who felt pac did enough to win.

    been analyzing fights since ali’s era, did some boxing myself and have studied judging for a long time. i believe floyd won. but it was close and competitive. the only rounds that floyd clearly won were 1, 5 and 11. pac dominated him in 4 and 6. rds 2, 3, 7, 8, 9 and 10 were very close. the 12th is a problem. floyd was clearly winning the round until he literally ran the last 45 seconds. personally, i don’t think that should be credited to floyd. regardless, 6 rounds were very close and competitive. and i get why the countries outside of the US felt pac won. they judged these close rounds with damage over ring generalship. these 6 rounds had floyd connecting a little more but had pac delivering harder punches. others view this as an advantage for pac. but i do know and understand american judging. ring generalship (especially floyd’s style) trumps fewer, even if more damaging, punches. add to that a bit of bias and you’ll get a ridiculous conclusion that floyd dominated pac. which is not the case. truth is, IT WAS close and competitive, but the right hand was raised.

    btw, it’s not “lost a bity of money.” yeah, yeah. you’ll say it’s a typo. but coming from a grammar police? hmmm. just saying lol

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