Pacquiao vs. Mayweather: Why a November Fight Date Makes More Sense

Mick AkersAnalyst IJanuary 27, 2012

HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 20:  Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines (C) poses with his coach Teddy Roach (L) and promoter Bob Arum (R) during a media workout at the Wild Card Boxing Club on April 20, 2011 in Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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With all the hoopla over getting Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao in the ring for a proposed May date, there's no doubt that pushing the fight back to November is a win-win overall for all involved.

Getting a May date set up now will mean it will be slightly rushed, and the promotion—all though the fight doesn't need too much hype, as it is a bout three years on the making—will benefit the bout the most.

Even when Mayweather is serving his up to 90-day jail sentence starting on June 1, the megafight can be hyped keeping the momentum building leading up to the November date.

The added time before the fight will allow the proposed 45,000 seat, temporary stadium to be built on the Las Vegas strip to be built well in time for the fight.

The fighters will benefit from the extra time as well, as they won't have to go right into a training camp as they would if the May date was to be signed.

This will give Pacquiao time to rest after his proposed June fight and get his head right heading into training camp for the biggest fight of his lengthy career.

While a November date will allow Mayweather to focus his mind on Pacquiao while he serves his jail sentence and then put his all into his training camp after sitting in a jail cell thinking about ways to go about the fight—instead of worrying about his lingering jail sentence leading up to a May fight date.

Top Rank president Bob Arum, had this to say to the Manilla Standard about a November date:

“What we are trying to accomplish assuming he [Mayweather] is going to fight in May and Manny is going to fight in June, is that we are pressing to see if we can get a contract signed between the two fighters for November.”

In all, getting a November date set up before the two welterweight greats have their separate fights in May and June will allow both Mayweather and Pacquiao to be fully prepared to give the boxing world the best show they possibly can after over three years of hype for the bout.