Manny Pacquiao: Potential Fight with Floyd Mayweather Has Lost Its Appeal

Timothy RappFeatured ColumnistOctober 11, 2012

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - SEPTEMBER 17:  Boxer Manny Pacquiao laughs during the Manny Pacquiao v Juan Manuel Marquez - Press Conference at Beverly Hills Hotel on September 17, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California.  (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)
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At some point, Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather are probably going to fight. The question that remains, however, is will anyone really care?

According to Ben Thompson of Fight Hype, a source has reported that Pacquiao has just signed a contract extension with Top Rank. A large part of that extension—and Pacquiao's delay in signing it—revolved around a potential fight with Mayweather:

Evidently, the real reason why it took Pacquiao so long to "choose" his next opponent is because he initially disagreed with the terms of the contract extension. In fact, according to our source, the main issue with the extension was the lack of a potential showdown with undefeated pound-­for-­pound champion Floyd Mayweather, the only fight left that Pacquiao is truly interested in. "50 came in and closed it. They brought 50 in, had a private meeting in some room, and the next thing you know, Pacquiao contacted his lawyer and signed the contract," our source continued, referring to 50 Cent's appearance at the press conference that was held in Los Angeles on September 17.

There's no guarantee that the two will ever fight, of course—Thompson's source said "that fight isn't ever going to happen," an ominous splash of cold water for fans—but this latest news is a step in the right direction for a fight that has been more myth than inevitability despite fans clamoring for it to happen.

And that's why a lot of people will care if the fight finally goes down. They've wanted it for so long, it's like finally reaching that pot of gold at the end of the rainbow that was once assumed to be nothing but a fairy tale.

Besides, what other fight in boxing is going to draw more hype than this one?

But you'll have to excuse me, because I just don't care anymore. I'm over the whole thing. I don't care if these two fight or not, I really don't. Here's why:

  • Both fighters are past their prime, even if they remain two of the finest in the world.
  • Unjustified as it might have been, Timothy Bradley's "win" over Pacquiao took some of the shine off a superfight with Mayweather.
  • They've kept this fight from fans for so long, I don't want to give them the satisfaction of caring like a sad puppy waiting for breakfast any longer. I'm over it.

But this is the state of boxing, at least through the eyes of the casual fan. The heavyweight division is boring and the most exciting thing in the sport is waiting around for a fight that may or may not ever happen. I can't get behind that any longer.

I know that hardcore fans of boxing don't see it the same way, but it's not hardcore fans that boxing promoters worry about. Hardcore fans are going to watch fights one way or another. It's folks that only show up for the big fights that really matter in the grand scheme of things.

Well, as one of those fans I'm over the hype. Pacquiao and Mayweather had a chance to put on one of the biggest, most relevant and exciting fights in history. That opportunity has passed them by.

And with it, so has my interest in the entire ordeal. I bid them both adieu.


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