Manny Pacquiao Must Re-Ignite Floyd Mayweather Buzz After Win

Rory MarsdenFeatured ColumnistApril 13, 2014

LAS VEGAS, NV - APRIL 12:  Timothy Bradley (L) and Manny Pacquiao battle it out during their WBO world welterweight championship boxing match at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 12, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Pacquiao won by unanimous decision.  (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images)
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Manny Pacquiao's win over Timothy Bradley on Saturday night will have sparked a great deal of chatter about the potential for a super fight between the new WBO welterweight champion and Floyd Mayweather Jr.

And Pacquiao should take advantage of the win to push for a fight with the American.

The Filipino, who controversially lost to the same opponent two years ago, overcame Bradley at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas in the hugely anticipated rematch.

All three judges had it for Pacquiao, 118-110, 116-112 and 116-112 per ESPN, and with Mayweather fighting less than a month after the 35-year-old there has never been a better opportunity for a potential bout between the two men. 

The undefeated American will face underdog Marcos Maidana in Las Vegas on May 3 in what many see as a rather underwhelming matchup for the 37-year-old. 

In 2012, Pacquiao was downed by Bradley in a highly controversial split decision per BBC Sport, but showed his quality on Saturday and impressed former world heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis:

With many predicting the end for Pacquiao if he lost, his unanimous win must surely get the ball rolling for a fight between two of the world's most high-profile boxers.

It's what all boxing fans want to see, but it may not be what Mayweather wants as he could be unwilling to put his undefeated status on the line.

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And there is certainly a valid argument in suggesting that the time may have passed years ago for this fight and continued negotiations would fail as they have in the past.

However, with Pacquiao's win over Bradley re-affirming his status after two losses back in 2012, talks about the two coming up against each other will certainly not go away.

And Pac-Man is reportedly keen to start negotiations, according to sports columnist Mitch Kunzler:

Lewis seems to be excited about the prospect, suggesting that the two should finish their careers with a fight:

And at Mayweather's upcoming fight there will surely be enormous speculation about the potential for the mega bout which would bring in huge sums for both boxers.

Mayweather needs to prove his worth against Pacquiao, he needs to go up against the only other man who has defined world boxing as he has in his generation.

The absence of a fight between the two is a blot on recent boxing history which needs to be wiped out. Certainly ESPN's Myron Medcalf wants to see it happen: 

The records of the two men is extraordinary. Undefeated Mayweather against Pacquiao, boxing's only world champion in history over eight weight divisions per The Ring magazine, is a fight boxing fans deserve to see.

If there are not plans afoot to see these great champions face off against each other then boxing could miss out on one of the great fights of all time.