Manny Pacquiao will step into the ring to fight Timothy Bradley in Las Vegas, and while millions of people across the world will tune in to watch "Pacman" most likely tune up Bradley, it's not the fight that everyone wants to see.
Unfortunately, the fight that everyone wants to see is probably never going to happen, as with each passing day, it appears more and more that the only time we'll ever see Pacquiao (54-3-2) and Floyd Mayweather Jr. (43-0) in a ring together is if they're jawing back and forth at one another about a bout that will never happen.
There have been any number of accusations lobbied by both sides in regards to why the megafight, which has been talked about for years, hasn't come to pass.
Mayweather's camp has been claiming since this 2009 ESPN report that Pacquiao refuses to take a pre-fight blood test, with the fighter's father pointing to this as proof of his accusations that Pacman uses performance enhancing drugs. Pacquiao, of course, denies using PEDs, but Mayweather has continued the accusations, hurling even more just prior to his victory over Miguel Cotto earlier this month according to Boxing Scene.
"Go back and look at the pictures. His head is small and then all of a sudden his head just grew? Come on man, stop this. Ray Charles can see this [expletive]. Go back and look at the pictures and tell me this man's head didn't get bigger. You're going to tell me this [expletive] is all natural. Come on man, stop,"
Pacquiao's camp has insisted that Mayweather has been completely unreasonable regarding his demands concerning the split of the fight's proceeds. Pacquiao's camp had asked for a 50/50 split of the purse, although Pacquiao's promoter, Bob Arum, recently also proposed a 45/45 split, with the remaining 10 percent going to the fight's winner.
Mayweather feels he is entitled to a larger share of the purse, and wasn't shy at all (like he ever is) about telling USA Today's Bob Velin both why he feels he deserves a bigger cut and why he doesn't think the fight is ever going to happen as things stand today.
"I'm just really tired of the media and the people being fooled," he said. "The truth is, (Pacquiao's promoter) Bob Arum is not going to let the fight happen. It's not on me. I went to Pacquiao and offered him $40 million, and told him I would wire him $20 million within 48 hours. He turned me down and said he wanted a 50-50 split. I'm like, how can you ask for 50-50 and you're not doing the same numbers that I'm doing
"So once he's free from Bob Arum, will the fight happen? Absolutely. But as of now, he's with Bob Arum so the fight isn't going to happen."
Arum fired back at Mayweather in that same report stating that "He [Mayweather] does not want to fight Pacquiao.There will always be an excuse." It's this constant and very public sniping back and forth between the arrogant Arum and the volatile Mayweather that may actually be the biggest roadblock to a Pacquiao vs. Mayweather superfight, and it's rooted in the simple fact that the two men hate one another's guts.
Arum promoted Mayweather from 1996-2006, but their split was far from amicable. Mayweather accused Arum of "underpaying and exploiting" him while Arum was his promoter, claiming according to this Yahoo! Sports report from 2007 that Arum had bilked Mayweather out of millions of dollars.
"You're basically saying that you should be a middle man and you shouldn't be cut out," Mayweather said. "Instead of a bank investing the money, you want to move the bank out of the way and invest (our) money yourself. That's what it is."
Mayweather then said he made more money in two fights without Arum as his promoter than he did in his previous 30 fights working for Arum.
"That's the middle man," he said. "Cut the middle man out and see what you can get. You were talking about paying me $2 or $3 million when it really should have been $6 million. And once I cut the middle man out, it became $15 or $30 million."
Arum, who rival promoter Don King once referred to as a "rat fink" (per that same Yahoo! report) not surprisingly didn't take kindly to Mayweather's accusations. In the intervening years, Arum has taken public potshots at Mayweather with every opportunity, including telling The Sweet Science last year that "Mayweather has no chin and Manny will knock him out." and recently comparing Mayweather to a notorious Nazi according to The Huffington Post.
"You see Mayweather is from the school of propaganda that Joseph Goebbels, who was [Adolf] Hitler’s publicist, adopted," said Arum, who has said several times that Mayweather won't fight for fear of losing. "The more you say things over and over again the more people believe them. The fact is clear that Pacquiao has agreed to unlimited drug testing so that is not an issue and for two years everybody agreed that the proceeds would be split 50/50."
Maybe Arum thinks he can goad his former client into a fight with Pacquiao, or it could well be that Arum has just as much trouble as Mayweather apparently does when it comes to his brain stopping stupid statements from leaving his mouth.
Whatever the reason, it doesn't appear that so long as Bob Arum is Pacquaio's promoter a fight with Floyd Mayweather is going to happen. So instead of being treated to two great fighters hurling punches at one another in the ring, we have to listen to a gaggle of idiots hurling insults in the media.
Granted that's entertaining in its' own way, but as not as entertaining as actually watching Pacquiao and Mayweather fight.
Who knows, maybe Jimmy Kimmel will save the day. After all, this is boxing, so anything's possible.