A superfight between Floyd "Money" Mayweather and Manny "Pac-Man" Pacquiao has been the talk of the boxing world for years, and with the career of Money likely drawing to a close, there isn't much time left to make the fight happen.
Promoter Bob Arum thinks he knows how to make the fight happen, as he yelled something a bit nonsensical at the press conference following Pacquiao's defeat of Timothy Bradley:
The only people that can make Floyd Mayweather fight Manny is the public, if they boycott the nonsense on May 3. That's what the public should do. [If the media] want that fight, tell the public not to buy pay-per-view and not to buy tickets. There is no other [strategy]. We are prepared tomorrow to sit down at a table with his people … to work out the conditions for the fight.
This is a bit ridiculous on Arum's part. Something like this would likely have more negative consequences than good ones, and Arum would be criticized by inciting such a campaign to boycott Mayweather until he fights Pacquiao.
To be fair, it's probably Mayweather's fault that this fight hasn't happened yet. Pac-Man has repeatedly conceded to heavier drug-testing and a higher profit share in order to fight Money, but still no agreement has been reached.
Regardless, there is still time to make the superfight happen. Here's what needs to go down for it to become a reality.
Mayweather Must Defeat Marcos "El Chino" Maidana on May 3
The allure of a superfight might not be there any longer if Mayweather is unable to defeat Marcos "El Chino" Maidana on May 3. Maidana has a history of knocking out his opponents, and despite being an underdog he has a puncher's chance.
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Mayweather must not alter his strategy against Maidana. Even though El Chino is the far more powerful fighter, Mayweather has the advantage in speed and accuracy. While Maidana is swinging for the fences in hopes of a knockout, Mayweather will sit back and land strike after strike.
Losing on May 3 would effectively end any realistic hopes of a superfight for Mayweather. Pacquiao likely would feel no need to fight him with a loss on his resume. The real draw for Pacquiao would be the opportunity to ruin Money's perfect record.
Now, Mayweather would certainly have something to prove following the loss. But instead of prolonging his career to simply fight Pacquiao, he could just choose to hang it up after his deal with Showtime ends.
You can pretty much throw the idea of a superfight out the window if Mayweather falls to Maidana.
Money Must Back Off on Financial Demands
Back in February 2012, much was made of the financial dispute between Mayweather and Pacquiao over the potential fight. This is what Pacquiao told Kevin Iole of Yahoo! Sports at the time:
He offered me $40 million, and no pay-per-view [money]. No pay-per-view. Can you believe that? Would you do that? Come on. What would he say if I offered him $50 million – not $40 million, $50 million – and said 'No pay-per-view. Take this money and be happy, but no pay-per-view.' He wouldn't do it, either. ...
I told him, 'OK, 50-50 [with the money] and I'll agree to everything else.' I told him I would agree to all of the other things he was demanding. Everything. Even the blood testing he wanted, I would do it. But it had to be 50-50.
Needless to say, financial terms were never reached.
If Mayweather and his camp really want this fight to happen, he must back off on his financial demands. A superfight like this is a two-way street, even if Mayweather happens to be undefeated at the time of negotiations.
Pacquiao is also in a position to demand what he wants financially. This isn't a fight he needs to commit to. He would be doing this for the public (and for the payday, if all goes correctly). Many have said that the boxers need to prove themselves against each other, but Pacquiao has taken down superb competition over his successful career.
Money needs to be realistic with the payouts if he wants this fight to happen.
Bob Arum Must Be Out of the Picture
The infamous feud between Mayweather and Arum is no secret to anyone even semi-familiar with boxing at this point, but the repercussions of the poor relationship are still making themselves felt.
For one, we still haven't had the superfight.
Will the fight happen?
In my opinion, this fight will not happen until Arum is out of the picture. Mayweather doesn't get Arum, and Arum just so happens to promote Pacquiao. Arum will continue to make controversial statements about Mayweather while at the same time demanding that the fight happen.
Insulting the guy whom you want to commit to a fight with your athlete probably isn't the best way to get things done.
It doesn't appear as if retirement is an option for him at this point in time, so there are some serious obstacles that need to be worked around for this to happen.