Nothing in life is a sure-fire bet, and the same applies to boxing. Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao, two of the sweet science's most distinguished fighters and pound-for-pound greats, were on course (rocky though it has been) to determine once and for all who deserved the accolade of No. 1 pugilist in the realm of blood, sweat and tears.
However, circumstances both inside and outside the ring have turned things on its head for the meantime.
For several years now, the most anticipated fight in boxing history has been on the lips of both fistic savants and casual fans alike.
But time and time again, said followers of the sport have been left with egg on their faces due to broken promises, failed negotiations and inflated egos on both parts.
Presently, “The Fight of the Century” is almost in tatters.
26 days following Mayweather’s triumphant championship victory over Miguel Cotto, he was subsequently sentenced to a 90-day stint in Las Vegas Clark County Detention Center for a domestic violence charge. He’s due for release on August 29.
Conversely, on June 9, Pacquiao suffered a controversial defeat at the hands of Timothy Bradley along with the loss of his WBO welterweight title and his 15-fight unbeaten streak.
The “Pac-Man” is in dire need of redemption and “Money May” has to get back in the mix. Once that happens, it’s a prerequisite the super fight goes down.
The fans deserve it more than ever now—they’ve waited with high expectation and bated breath for it long enough, far too long in most people opinions, and that from a boxing fan's point of view is absolutely unseemly.
If Mayweather and Pacquiao have an iota of respect for the fans, this super fight for the ages has to transpire, and the sooner the better, because they owe it to the boxing contingent.