Boxing

Manny Pacquiao: Fans Should Cheer Pac-Man's Desire to Fight Floyd Mayweather Jr

Jun. 9, 2012; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Manny Pacquiao smiles in the fourth round against Timothy Bradley Jr (not pictured) during a welterweight championship bout at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE
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Patrick ClarkeCorrespondent ISeptember 24, 2012

Boxing fans should be cheering for Manny Pacquiao from the mountain tops this fall.

The boxing superstar has expressed a clear desire to set up a megafight between him and undefeated Floyd Mayweather Jr.

This was Pacquiao on the subject of a potential bout with Mayweather (via ESPN.com's Dan Rafael):

I'm waiting for that fight to happen, I don't know what's the reason why that fight has not happened. ... It's OK for me if he gets a higher percentage than me.

All along it has been Mayweather making the excuses, and rightfully so. He's the one with the flawless record and everything to lose. But still, how can you call yourself the best without having beaten the best?

It's a question that Mayweather has dodged for some time now, and one that will have to be answered if a fight between him and Pacquiao doesn't happen soon.

The ball has been in Mayweather's court forever it seems, and Pac-Man has just ensured that it will remain there until the terms of a megafight are agreed on, or the much-anticipated showdown is written off altogether.

It would be outrageous for anyone to blame Pacquiao for getting in the way of a historic matchup. Instead, he should be cheered for his courage and desire to give fans exactly what they want.

Even after suffering a stinging and extremely controversial loss to another undefeated boxer in Timothy Bradley Jr. last June, Pac-Man is still bold enough to put his reputation as one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the sport on the line.

Pacquiao knows that he'll make a boatload of money regardless of how much Mayweather makes, and allowing his ego to keep the fight from happening is the only way to fail in this case. After all, would losing to the undefeated Mayweather really be the worst loss of Pacquiao's career? 

Of course not, and that's why Pacquiao is in a winning position. He's made it clear that he wants to take on Mayweather, and he won't let percentages prevent that from happening. 

For that reason alone, fans should be cheering on Pac-Man. 

 

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