Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao Fans: Can't We All Just Get Along?

Bill CodyCorrespondent IIIJune 23, 2009

LAS VEGAS - MAY 01:  A sign for Floyd Mayweather Jr. is held as boxing fans wait for the official weigh-in for the junior welterweight title fight between Ricky Hatton of England and Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines at the MGM Grand Garden Arena May 1, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada. It was reported that on May 2 Mayweather will announce the end of his retirement to fight Juan Manuel Marquez.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

After a morning of responding to other members of the Bleacher Report about an article I wrote regarding the difficulties in putting together a Manny Pacquiao-Floyd Mayweather, Jr. fight any time in the near future, I started to ponder the nature of our dilemma.

We are fighting each other when we all want the same thing. I mean, there are folks on here that believe that PBF is still the best pound-for-pound, while others think the Pac-Man has taken his place in the ring and in the hearts of boxing fans.

But we all want to see the issue settled in the ring.

If you are a boxing fan, you know how frustrating the sport can be at times. Great fighters rarely overlap each other's careers in a perfect fashion.

Sometimes a great one will fight another great one a little bit too soon, and get schooled by a more savvy fighter. (The recent Diaz-Marquez fight might have been an example, but the jury is still out on Diaz at this point.)

Other times, a great fighter gets to fight another Hall of Famer one fight too late and we watch the unpleasant spectacle of one of the greats getting batted around the ring by a man he could have, quite possibly, beaten in his prime. (Any number of fights from Joe Louis and Rocky Marciano to the recent De La Hoya-Pacquiao fight.)

That's why two great fighters who are in the same size range, in the same age range, and in their prime in terms of boxing skills get our blood stirring.

And that's also why it is so annoying when that fight does not happen—because the politics of boxing are so complex, byzantine, and sometimes, downright silly.

Imagine if you went through the whole football season with two top teams making it all the way the end, only to have the Pittsburgh Steelers demand a bigger piece of the pie.

Suppose the Arizona Cardinals pulled out because Bill Bidwell didn't like the Rooney family, or one of the teams thought that waiting a year might make it easier to win the game, and decided to postpone it.

It wouldn't happen. You know why? Because Fox, CBS, NBC, ESPN, and Direct TV would go to the owners and straighten them right out. Toot sweet, as they say.

What I think we as boxing fans need to do is quit squabbling (for now anyway) and start complaining to the Supreme Leader. We need our votes counted!

In this case, that Supreme Leader isn't an Ayatollah, it's the network. And that Network is HBO.

I suggest we all send in a quick e-mail to HBO to let them know how we feel—maybe once a day.

And to make it easier for you, here's a link to e-mail HBO boxing.


Who knows, maybe we can start our own Revolution.