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Mayweather vs. Pacquiao: Absence of Dream Bout Is Destroying Boxing

LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 07:  A fan holds up a sign referring to boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. before the WBO welterweight title fight between Manny Pacquiao and Shane Mosley at the MGM Grand Garden Arena May 7, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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Josh SchochAnalyst IIIJune 2, 2016

Manny Pacquiao vs. Floyd Mayweather.

It's every boxing fan's dream, but the superfight that was supposed to happen in 2010 fell apart.

This has haunted boxing ever since, destroying the sport.

Every time Pac-Man fights, we ask when he will fight Mayweather. And it doesn't help that Mayweather is making a comeback in 2013.

Because we have gone more than two-and-a-half years without the fight, every fight since then has been a letdown...and now we're in the position where we would rather watch two guys fight for a fourth time than anything else.

Pacquiao's fight with Juan Manuel Marquez epitomized the plight of the sport. According to WBC President Don Jose Sulaiman, this fight had no importance whatsoever.

The fourth version of Manny Pacquiao vs Marquez is a fight without any importance, because there is no championship at stake.

It is a fight that only interests those in Mexico and the Philippines, and the match is not drawing attention anywhere else in the world,” he added.

It is a fight with only a single purpose – to fill the date and nothing more.

Honestly, I have to agree with Sulaiman.

The fourth fight between these two, while intriguing, was nearly completely pointless.

While it did settle the dispute over who won the rivalry, there was no title on the line to pique interest. You can also still make a case that since Pacquiao won two of the first three fights, he is still better.

Boxing fans are becoming fed up with the superfight not happening, and it's hurting the sport.

On Friday night, one of my friends told me that he just wanted the superfight to go down, and that he was tired of waiting.

This seems to be the general consensus in the boxing world, as any fight pales in comparison to Pacquiao-Mayweather.

Unfortunately, while both sides appear to be willing to fight, they're both all talk. Both fighters are to blame for the failed fight, and the resulting decay of boxing.

Pacquiao and Mayweather will be forever connected. Not because they fought, but because they didn't.

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