After drug-testing disputes and money disagreements, it seemed there could be nothing else standing in the way of a Floyd Mayweather Jr. versus Manny Pacquiao fight, but the sport of boxing managed to wedge something else in between.
That wedge is Timothy Bradley.
The new, undefeated welterweight champ now finds himself with a rematch he doesn't deserve. Although it isn't official yet, these two figure to fight again thanks to a decision that never should have been.
Had Pacquiao took the decision like he deserved to, Bradley would have been the next fighter crossed off the list. The dominance Pacquiao displayed over Bradley didn't leave any doubt about who the better fighter was.
So instead of a straight path to the dream fight we all want to see, there will be a detour.
Boxing fans have waited long enough for this fight and the wait was thought to be almost over once Money May finished serving his brief jail sentence. However, at the very least, this fight won't take place until at least the middle of 2013, and that's being optimistic.
The longer this fight takes to happen, the worse the quality of the fighters will be. Age will start to become a factor and could ruin what would have been a great fight when both boxers were in the prime of their respective careers.
There was never even a guarantee that Mayweather-Pacquiao would actually ever happen. But this latest roadblock makes it even less probable the sport will ever produce the fight of the century.
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