If judges awarded Timothy Bradley the decision vs. Manny Pacquiao on Saturday, hopes of a Pac-Man vs. Floyd Mayweather dream bout would've been dashed.
Some believe they've already been dashed. None would disagree if Pacquiao had lost his third fight in his last four matches. The 35-year-old Filipino would've no longer had the credibility to face the undefeated Mayweather.
However, Pacquiao's credibility remains intact after two straight unanimous decisions. After back-to-back losses in 2012, though, he'd still be a major underdog to Mayweather. Rightfully so, given that Mayweather's title hasn't been threatened in years.
This is why Pacquiao vs. Mayweather will happen. In fact, the only way it won't is if Mayweather is a coward.
And Mayweather isn't a coward.
The Los Angeles Times' Lance Pugmire reported Pacquiao wants to fight Mayweather. So does his promoter Bob Arum, who had bold words for reporters about the Money Team on Saturday night:
The Mayweather fight [against Marcos Maidana] is bad for the public, who are being talked to about spending good money on nonsense, and it’s bad for MGM, which continues to peddle non-competitive matches. If you think it’s not competitive, write it … about Mayweather. Don’t not write it because he’ll deny you access. The only people who can make Floyd Mayweather fight Manny is the public if they boycott the nonsense on May 3. … There’s not a downside to sitting down and trying to make it happen. Any excuse for it not happening is just posturing.
Arum's rant suggests the ball is in Mayweather's court.
The Daily Mail's Jeff Powell reported that Pacquiao's trainer, Freddie Roach, believes Mayweather will never fight Pacquiao for fear of potentially tarnishing his perfect record.
However, given how low Pacquiao stooped in 2012, he isn't head and shoulders above the rest of the competition Mayweather would face in the next two years.
With that said, the payday Pacquiao would offer Mayweather is unrivaled.
According to USA Today's Bob Velin, Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe gloated on Saturday afternoon about how much more money the Mayweather-Maidana fight will make than Pacquiao-Bradley. If the Money Team lives up to its name, it can't pass up this opportunity.
A Mayweather-Pacquiao payday has peaked again after two straight Pac-Man triumphs. This, while Mayweather has never had less risk of losing to him.
Ideally, the dream bout would've happened years ago, but that combination will create the perfect recipe that Mayweather can't refuse.
David Daniels is breaking news writer at Bleacher Report and news editor at Wade-O Radio.