Good News Boxing Fans: Pacquiao vs. Mayweather Might Happen After All

Lorne ScogginsCorrespondent IJanuary 2, 2010

Good News Boxing Fans: Pacquiao vs. Mayweather Might Happen After All

-Lorne Scoggins


Just when boxing fans had all but given up on a March face-off between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr., hope has been revived.

It appears that the impending lawsuit combined with the possibility of missing out on a $40 million paycheck has resulted in new-found hope that Money Mayweather might be willing to soften up on his unprecedented random blood testing demands.

Michael Marley of New York Boxing Examiner made the revelation this afternoon.

After a few days of eerie silence – eerie in the sense that Mayweather is almost never silent - something’s cooking in the Mayweather camp and this time it just might be palatable. According to Marley, Arum said “something could be bubbling”, and alluded to the possibility of an apology from Mayweather, although he wouldn’t go into any further detail.  

The indications are that the Mayweather camp wants to talk again. At present, all the talking between the two parties is being handled by Pacquiao lawyer, Daniel Petrocelli and De La Hoya’s lawyers.

Freddie Roach has stated that training will begin next week in Los Angeles. Pacquiao will be flying in from Manila. Bob Arum said that Pacquiao will be fighting someone in March.

If the Mayweather fight does indeed fall through, Pacquiao could face WBA Super-Welterweight champion, Yuri Foreman.  

Freddie Roach has also mentioned WBA and WBO Lightweight champion, Juan Manuel Marquez as a possible candidate for the March fight. Marquez is a brilliant counter puncher with whom Pacquiao has already engaged in 2 brutal wars.  Both fights ended with highly controversial decisions – the first being a draw, the latter a win by Pacquiao.

That said; if Floyd Mayweather Jr. is willing to issue a public apology to Pacquiao for unfounded accusations of illegal PED use, the fight of the century just might happen.

It’s amazing that a self-proclaimed genius like Floyd Mayweather Jr. could have gotten himself into an embarrassing predicament like this isn’t it? After all the trash-talking he’s done over the years, the little Filipino called his bluff.

Let’s hope that Floyd does the best possible thing in light of all of the wrong he’s done, even if it’s only to save himself from a high profile court case and fill his pockets with fresh cash.  After all, to Floyd it’s all about the money, right?

His motives will always be questionable but if he apologizes to Manny, drops all the drug nonsense, and agrees to fight Manny, frankly, who cares?

His motives, comments, accusations, trash-talk, and even his apologies won’t help him one bit when he steps into the ring with “The Destroyer”.

Hey Floyd, apologize, sign the contract, keep your mouth shut, and get in the ring.


-Lorne Scoggins

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