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Who's kicking himself today, Vol. I

Somewhere today Floyd Mayweather Jr. looked in the mirror, and a big dope looked back at him.

The guy's been making up reasons for a couple of years not to fight Manny Pacquiao, even though a Mayweather-Pacquiao bout would have filled both their pockets. And now the chance is gone for good.

The lights went out on it at precisely the moment the lights went out on Pacquiao in the sixth round Saturday, when Juan Manuel Marquez caught him with a straight right and knocked him cold to end the fourth fight between the two.

And so the lesson: Posturing and delaying and game-playing might be the macho thing to do in boxing, but all it does in the end is cost you dough.

Ben Smith's blog.