The "will they? wont they?" talk about Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao fighting has been one of sports' biggest teases over the past few years, but it's safe to say it wont ever happen now thanks to Timothy Bradley.
The controversial decision between "Pac-Man" and "Desert Storm" can't ever be erased from history, and now Money has the perfect excuse to duck Pacquiao until the 33-year-old retires.
The Filipino politician/fighter even told Boxing Channel before his bout with Bradley about the Mayweather fight, stating: "[Mayweather] told me: 'no pay-per-view guarantee'...I don't think he really wants to fight."
Money is coming off a victory over previously undefeated Miguel Cotto and is now serving jail time while Pacquiao is gearing up for his November rematch with Bradley.
The issue is that as Pac-Man told Boxing Channel, his family is begging him to retire. He also has political duties and endorsements, among a million other things on his plate.
These out-of-the-ring factors mean that Pacquiao's career is ticking close to the end. All Money has to do is duck and hide for a little longer before his would-be opponent walks away.
Mayweather knows that he can use Pac-Man's loss as a reason to say the three-time BWAA Fighter of the Year doesn't deserve to step in the ring with himself and use that as his excuse for the rest of Manny's career.
As you can see from the last 15 seconds of this interview with Seconds Out before his fight with Cotto, Money didn't even say he'd fight Pacquiao in the man's last career match:
Mayweather has told reporters in the past that he "doesn't need Manny Pacquiao," while accusing his fellow competitor of being "on something."
The man who likes to to think of himself as the poster boy of boxing is refusing to do what many of the greats did over their career: take on all comers.
Money must realize that if he never fights Pac-Man that his career will always have "the mega fight that never was" attached to it, but he doesn't care.
With Bradley handing Pacquiao his first loss in seven years and both locked into a November rematch, all Mayweather has to do is say Pac-Man doesn't deserve the fight and wait until the Filipino legend retires.