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Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao: Setting Odds the Pair Will Fight in 2013

NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 28:  Floyd Mayweather attends a press conference to promote his upcoming fight with Miguel Cotto on May 5 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas at the The Apollo Theater on February 28, 2012 in New York City.  (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
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Donald WoodFeatured ColumnistNovember 22, 2012

It is clear that boxing legends Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather are getting near the twilight of their careers, and the hope of a superfight between these two stars that fans have been clamoring for continues to dwindle.

While all hope may look bleak, 2013 has the chance of being the year this fight takes place.

As long as Pacquiao avenges his loss against Timothy Bradley Dec. 8 by beating Juan Manuel Marquez and answering all doubt about his talent and skill—everyone already knows Pac-Man really beat Bradley in their meeting—the superfight will likely happen.

Mayweather has nothing planned for the spring yet, but his love for fighting in May is well documented (three of his last six fights happened in early May).

Add in the fact that it would be five months from Pacquiao’s bout with JMM, and there is a good chance that there could at least be discussions between the sides about finally making this happen.

Besides the money Mayweather earns by fighting in Las Vegas on the weekend of Cinco De Mayo, the fact that both sides feel comfortable fighting in that city makes the discussions that much easier.

No matter what people say about drug testing, the reason this fight hasn’t happened yet is because of money, plain and simple. Pac-Man told Dan Rafael of ESPN:

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.

I spoke to Floyd ... and he offered me an amount. He didn't talk about the pay-per-views here and that's it. I can't agree with that. I told him I agree with 55 and 45 (split).

Mayweather is not used to sharing that much of the earnings of a fight with anyone, let alone a man that he has verbally jousted for the better part of five years. With time running out on both men’s careers, each must realize that this could be the last chance at the biggest payday of their lives.

Pacquiao has a political career and family that he will retire to when his career is over, and Mayweather hasn’t looked quite as indestructible as he once did over his last few fights.

That shows that age and desire are starting to become factors.

While this isn’t the two fighters in their prime, both can still fight at a high level. The hope now is that each is ready to make this superfight happen.

 

Odds of Floyd Mayweather fighting Manny Pacquiao May 4, 2013: 70 percent.

 

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