Al Haymon is no idiot. He is like a successful businessman who treats the fighters he controls, like assets. He does everything in his power to appreciate the value of those assets, regardless of how it affects the integrity of the sport.
Al Haymon knows Floyd Mayweather can’t beat Manny Pacquiao.
Al Haymon knew Floyd Mayweather would lose to Miguel Cotto, Antonio Margarito and Paul Williams and this is why he would never match Floyd Mayweather against them.
It’s a fact Al Haymon was worried about making the Paul Williams-Sergio Martinez rematch and did not want to do it. He was reluctant to risk depreciating the value of Williams with a brutal KO loss. But HBO forced that fight to be made and we all saw Al Haymon’s worries and business sense about Martinez wrecking one of his primary assets were completely justified.
Now, because he has no confidence in Berto, Taylor, Tarver, Dirrell and Arreola, Haymon is left with just one big asset in Floyd Mayweather. Haymon is desperate to prevent this asset to be destroyed or depreciated. It would be devastating for the asset itself and also for his own business and ego.
The last time HBO tried to force Haymon to risk his asset against Manny Pacquiao, Haymon pretended to participate in negotiations with Ross Greenberg. Then when it came time to sign deals, Haymon used an underling (Ellerbe) to say that no negotiations ever took place.
Haymon does not want any negotiations to take place because he does not want this fight for his asset Floyd Mayweather to ever happen. This is why he feigned negotiations with Greenberg.
According to my sources, Alvin Haymon doesn’t need the money so the big payoff from what a Floyd-Pacquiao fight would bring to him is not the paramount motivation. What’s most important for Alvin Haymon is to stay in business, stay relevant, to feel important and continue controling his assets like Floyd Mayweather. Alvin Haymon wants to be a boxing big shot, not some small-time hustler hanging around ESPN 2 cards in small ballrooms in places like Oklahoma or upstate New York.
To lose the asset of Floyd Mayweather would destroy all leverage and likely mean the bitter end of business for Al Haymon. Haymon fears being knocked out and beaten by the business of boxing because he wants to rule like Don King and Bob Arum – for decades. This is why Alvin Haymon so desperately fears witnessing Floyd Mayweather being brutally knocked out by Manny Pacquiao.
So it’s reasonable to believe that Al Haymon would try to do anything – absolutely anything to save Floyd Mayweather from Manny Pacquiao, such as helping to create a smear campaign to ruin Pacquiao’s public image by falsely accusing him of using illegal drugs. Or by manipulating a rift in the relations between HBO and Manny Pacquiao’s promoter.
All is fair in love and war, and this is war. It’s not personal, it’s business, business without much integrity, morality, ethics or concerns about the long-term future of the sport itself.
Subterfuge, deception, lies, fraud, smear campaigns – anything and everything will be used to save Floyd Mayweather who is the final and most important component of Alvin Haymon’s depreciating boxing empire.
But Alvin Haymon needs a lot of help because while there is massive interest and consumption of the product of Manny Pacquiao, there is little interest or demand for his fraudulent, depreciating product of Floyd Mayweather – unless, of course, he fights Manny Pacquiao, the superstar king of boxing.