Manny Pacquiao vs. Floyd Mayweather: Emanuel Steward Says Saga Is Hurting Boxing
Steward, like most fans of boxing, thinks that the two best fighters of the last decade not meeting each other in the ring is bad for boxing—a sport that is losing popularity year after year to the UFC and needs all the help it can get exposure-wise.
In an interview with BBC Sport, Steward said:
Today it's more of a business now and it's hurting boxing. Based on what's happening today, there's one fight with major demanded interest, and that's not good at all.
You look at boxing being an international, world-famous sport, right up there next with soccer, and there's only two fighters the people want to see fight. Two little fellows, Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather.
The legendary trainer went on to say that there is no second or third big fight that the fans want to see, which is debatable depending on if we're talking about casual or hardcore boxing fans, but a true statement among the average sports fan.
Steward went on to say:
The whole boxing business is based on two little fighters, to me, who I think will most likely never fight, because all these other intangibles and egos and things in the background.
The fighters' egos have been the biggest roadblock to the megafight coming to fruition, and I feel there is a chance the two fighters will meet in late 2013, as Pacquiao is slated to retire around that time.
How could Mayweather pass up the chance to send his longtime nemesis into retirement with a loss at his hands, or Pacquiao going out after the biggest win of his career, cementing each other's legacy, win or lose?
Boxing on a worldwide scale needs the Pacquiao-Mayweather fight to happen before the two greats retire, to help stir up interest on the biggest stage and remind everyone who may have forgotten that boxing is still here.
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