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Why It Would Be a Great Fight: This is pretty obvious right?
Fight fans have wanted to see Mayweather Jr. take on Pacquiao for over five years now. They have both been at the top or near the top of the pound-for-pound list for many years and are without a doubt the two biggest stars in the sport.
Both fighters possess elite hand and foot speed that would make the fight mesmerizing on television.
They're the most skilled, the most accomplished and biggest celebrities in the fight game today. A fight between the two would shatter pay-per-view records and be a huge mainstream crossover event that would grab the attention of even the most casual fan.
This fight would be like watching Nolan Ryan pitch against Babe Ruth. Like watching Michael Jordan play a game of one-on-one against LeBron James. Nothing is bigger than this fight.
Why the Fight Will Never Happen: You all know this by now as well. Disagreements on blood tests, purse split and the usual promoter issues have kept this the fight from happening so far.
While the issue over blood tests doesn't appear to be a problem anymore, the other two factors are just as big as an issue now as they were in 2009.
Bottom line is this: As long as Mayweather remains with Haymon/Showtime and Pacquiao remains with Top Rank/HBO, this fight has no chance of ever being made. Both fighters are exclusive to different networks, and Top Rank has refused to work with Haymon fighters.
That's the cold, unfortunate reality of boxing today. With the two fighters currently at the ages of 37 and 35, respectively, we're quickly approaching a time when this fight would no longer be relevant as their skills start to deteriorate.
My Prediction if the Fight Did Happen: It seems Pacquiao has lost a step, while Mayweather looks as dominant as ever outside of the first half of his fight against Marcos Maidana. Against most opponents Pacquiao has a tremendous advantage in terms of foot and hand speed; that would not be the case against Mayweather.
Mayweather would have the clear advantage in terms of defense, and with Pacquiao's power fading, that skill would likely be even. After a few cautious rounds, Mayweather would figure out Pacquiao's rhythm and start to time him with counterpunches like he does against every opponent.
Mayweather wins by unanimous decision 116-112.
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