Pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather and—the one-time occupant of that throne—Manny Pacquiao have been locked in a cosmic dance for the better part of the past several years. Hundreds of jabs have been thrown on television, in social media and amongst the boxing press, but unfortunately for fans, none have actually been thrown or landed inside a ring.
At different times in the often complex, and sideshow-like, negotiations between the two fighters and their camps, both men have played a part in derailing what would've been possibly the biggest superfight in boxing history.
You can point to Mayweather's money demands, or Pacquiao's initial reluctance to agree to strict drug testing and ascribe as much blame as you wish depending on what side you come down on. And the odds are you do come down on one side. There is very little middle ground in this debate.
But what would happen if they do fight. What if, somehow, all the issues miraculously get solved and both men actually place their names on the dotted line?
The fight would be a diminished product at this point and would've been a much bigger attraction a few years back, but here we fully break down the hypothetical.
Here is what would happen, round by round, if Mayweather and Pacquiao were to fight today.