While a hypothetical fight between Manny Pacquiao vs. Floyd Mayweather may no longer be the most important matchup in boxing—or even marketable as a showdown between the undisputed best fighters—it’s still a bout that every boxing fan would pay to see.
However, after Floyd Mayweather defeated Robert Guerrero on Saturday, the gap between Pac-Man and Money only widened.
Because Pacquiao is coming off two straight losses, including a controversial decision vs. Timothy Bradley and a career-altering knockout at the hands of Juan Manuel Marquez, he’s no longer a must-fight opponent negatively impacting Money’s career.
In fact, the Filipino desperately needs a marquee victory if he’s even going to be worth fighting by anyone of note.
If he wants to prove that the two defeats were flukes, Pac-Man would be wise to schedule against an easy opponent, quickly dispatch him and start preparing for Mayweather.
It’s likely the one and only way to truly repair his image in the public’s eye—as the lasting memory of Pacquiao is now the fighter laying facedown on the mat, out cold, with Marquez celebrating mere feet away.
Regardless of Pac-Man’s deteriorating status, a fight with Mayweather would still draw more attention than any boxing match in history.
Due to the immense hype over the years, the respect that both pugilists command and their far-reaching fanbases, any match between Mayweather and Pac-Man would be an instant sell-out and have a great chance of setting the pay-per-view record for sales.
Considering Mayweather is on board for six fights or 30 months with Showtime/CBS, it would be absurd of Money not to at least consider fighting Pacquiao and finally giving the people what they want.
Pac-Man would be wise to accept any terms and conditions that Mayweather’s camp may have, as he’s no longer in a position of power at the negotiating table. The former champion needs this fight—and possible victory—much more than the undefeated Money does.