Tonight, Floyd Mayweather will battle Miguel Cotto. Next month, Manny Pacquiao faces off with Timothy Bradley. But when push comes to shove, all boxing fans want to see is Mayweather vs. Pacquiao, and that will just lead to a lot of disappointment.
It seems like the two camps have been in constant negotiations for more than two years, but a deal never gets done and it's frustrating to die-hard fans of the sport. Even though a super fight would provide an enormous boost to boxing, it doesn't seem like either side has serious interest in making it happen.
The entire situation makes it seem like both Mayweather and Pacquiao are simply using each other to stay in the headlines between fights before ultimately choosing a different opponent. Fans are just pawns in their public relations games.
Making matters worse is the lack of suspense in the second-tier fights. Everybody knows Mayweather and Pacquiao can beat fighters like Cotto, Bradley and the next wave of contenders. They are on a different level and prove it every time out.
So it's tough to make a case why fans should spend their hard-earned money on a fight that won't live up to the hype. Everybody has seen enough “B” bouts to know what to expect. A super fight would at least provide some intrigue.
Mayweather has an undefeated 42-0 record and Pacquiao hasn't lost since 2005. Something would have to give and fans of both fighters are confident their guy would come out on top. It would be a rare fight in which the massive buildup would be well worth it.
It's also the only fight that would attract a mainstream audience. Since the media has been talking about Mayweather and Pacquiao for so long, it would become a must-see event if a deal eventually got done.
Unfortunately, it seems like each passing month provides less hope of such a fight ever happening. Both guys have insisted they are focused solely on their current opponents and redirect blame toward the other camp when it comes to why the fight hasn't happened.
They are more interested in pointing fingers than pounding out the details, which should tell fans everything they need to know about how sincere Mayweather and Pacquiao are when they keep talking about wanting to make the fight happen.
More importantly, the window for the super fight continues to close. Both boxers are in their middle-30s and won't be at their peak for much longer. And waiting until they are both at the end of the line and no longer in top form would be worse than not doing it at all.
All told, once Pacquiao finishes up with Bradley in June the camps will probably get everybody's hopes up again by talking about finally getting a deal done. But those who have been following the entire ordeal know not to hold their breath.
It'll just be another letdown like every time before.
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