If you thought a Manny Pacquiao versus Floyd Mayweather fight was unlikely before Timothy Bradley's controversial split-decision victory, you can forget about a super fight now.
It isn't happening.
For one, there is the fact that Mayweather will simply not budge from his demand he receive the greater portion of the split, and may desire even more than before due to the Pacquiao loss. If Bob Arum and Pac-Man didn't like Mayweather's demands before, they may find him even more unreasonable now.
And when exactly would the fight take place? With Pacquiao scheduled to rematch Bradley in November—and the likelihood of a third fight if Pac-Man wins—Pacquiao may be booked solid for the next year.
Besides, how much longer will Pacquiao fight?
I can't imagine he'll stay in the fighting game for much longer. He's got a political career to think about, and it's apparent to anyone that watches him that, while he's still one of the elite fighters in the world, he's no longer a dominant, fight-ending force.
He's lost a step. It happens.
With Mayweather off his training regimen and Pacquiao tied up with Bradley, it's hard to imagine this fight even being possible for another year or so.
And we haven't even considered what remains a probable scenario: What happens if Bradley wins again, and this time people outside of two judges actually believed he did?
Suddenly, doesn't a match between two undefeated fighters in Bradley and Mayweather seem awfully appealing?
As much as it saddens me, I simply don't see Mayweather and Pacquiao ever squaring off. I think it will go down as one of the most disappointing moments in boxing when one of them steps away having never fought the other, but it is bound to happen.
And the final straw was two judges remarkably giving decision to Bradley. Given the current state of boxing, it only seems appropriate that a controversial, head-scratching ruling would ultimately help to prevent the one fight fans actually want to see.
Hit me up on Twitter—my tweets really wanted to have another.
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