Mayweather vs. Pacquiao: Why a Money Win Will Make Superfight Impossible

Ryan PhillipsContributor IIIMay 4, 2012

HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 01:  Floyd Mayweather and Miguel Cotto pose at a press conference to promote their upcoming fight on May 5 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas at Grauman's Chinese Theatre on March 1, 2012 in Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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If Floyd Mayweather beats Miguel Cotto in Las Vegas this weekend, it will make a superfight with Manny Pacquiao even less likely to happen. 

Mayweather has been all over the press this week. According to ESPN, he's said that facing Pacquiao is a health risk because he thinks the Filipino southpaw has taken performance-enhancing drugs. When you combine that stance with the fact that Mayweather refuses to give Pacquiao a 50-50 split of the money that such a fight would generate, it's not difficult to see "Money May" being the reason the matchup will never happen. 

With a win over Cotto, there really wouldn't be anyone left for Mayweather to fight. He currently carries a record of 42-0, with 26 wins by knockout. He is 35 years old and will be headed to prison for a thee-month stretch after the Cotto fight for allegedly assaulting former girlfriend Josie Harris and threatening to hurt two of their children. 

The simple fact is that Mayweather doesn't feel like he needs to fight Pacquiao to prove his legacy. He seems to think his resume and undefeated record speak for themselves and that he is undoubtedly the best of all time.

I beg to differ, but that's not the point of this article.

While Mayweather's camp claims that Pacquiao's team is the problem, the Top Rank fighter has agreed to unlimited drug testing. However, his handlers still believe he deserves an even split of the money. 

Unless Mayweather comes to his senses, this weekend's fight against Cotto (37-2, 30 KOs) could be the last time he enters a boxing ring.