A potential superfight between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao has been long in the making, but at this point, it would be foolish for Money to even entertain the idea of fighting Pac-Man.
Mayweather's 12-round unanimous decision victory against Robert Guerrero pushed his record to 44-0 and further proved any doubters wrong that Money's layoff from the sport would affect him when he returned to the ring against a fierce competitor in The Ghost.
Mayweather spent two months in prison last summer after pleading guilty to domestic abuse charges against the mother of his two children, Josie Harris (h/t Dan Rafael of ESPN).
While fans didn't see a Money knockout on Saturday night, they did watch as Mayweather proved that he's still the cream of the crop when it comes to the top fighters in the game. His speed and defensive skills are tops, and his strategic mindset enables him to wear down opponents.
So what would Mayweather gain by fighting Pacquiao?
When you actually stop and think about it, aside from monetary gains, Mayweather really has no reason to fight Pac-Man at this point in Pacquiao's career.
Pac-Man has lost his past two fights and is seeing his boxing career reeling. In his last match against Juan Manuel Marquez—an opponent Mayweather already beat—Pacquiao was knocked out in the sixth round and looked nothing like the boxing great we're accustomed to seeing.
If Pacquiao and Mayweather step into the ring, there's nothing to gain for Money while Pac-Man has nothing to lose. If anything, Mayweather could accept this fight to prove once and for all that he's the superior fighter over Pacquiao, but I think Money is too smart for that.
Ramona Shelburne @ramonashelburne
Alas, no Mayweather-Pacquiao fight soon. Not only are promoters refusing to work w/ each other, but they're on competing networks now.5/5/2013, 4:59:05 AM
I'm not saying that I personally don't want to see this fight. I think watching the two biggest names in the sport clash would give the sport of boxing a huge boost, but I think it's obvious that there's not much for Mayweather to gain against Pac-Man.
He's already proven that he's the best fighter in the game while Pacquiao's career appears to be on the decline.
Money is already at the top while Pac-Man is looking to climb back into the good graces of boxing fans.
With no word of a fight in the making and these two heading in opposite directions, don't expect a superfight anytime soon.
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