Pacquiao vs. Mayweather: Why Boxing Needs One Governing Body

Dan JesselContributor IJanuary 6, 2010

LAS VEGAS - NOVEMBER 13:  Manny Pacquiao weighs in for his upcoming bout against WBO welterweight champion Miguel Cotto at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on November 13, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Pacquiao and Cotto will meet in a WBO welterweight title fight at the MGM Grand on November 14.  Pacquiao weighed in at 144 pounds and Cotto weighed in at 145 pounds.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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Boxers in all weight classes have been accused of ducking fights.

Most recently, the fighter that has been accused the most is Floyd Mayweather.

In the current boxing system, who can blame him. If you were running an NFL franchise, and you could pick your opponent, there wouldn't be much of a line to play the Colts, would there?

I am not going to do what a lot of fight fans do, and say "Boxing is a dead sport," and "UFC is much better."


In the UFC, you have Dana White running the show.

Only Dana White.

And he puts fighters against someone to make the best fight.

With boxing, you have too many hands in the pot.

Bob Arum, GoldenBoy, and Don King, all not wanting their fighters to lose.

They are the ones responsible for the best fights not happening.

A perfect example of this is the hopeful mega-fight between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao.

Everyone thought Mayweather would duck Pacquiao, but he didn't.

And it seems to me that once again the promoters might keep a great fight from happening.

They agree to the fight, the money, the venue, but the one thing they can't agree on...drug testing?

If a fight will be called off by Pacquiao over drug testing, it appears he has something to hide. There is only one reason someone would throw away that much money over blood testing...

They know they can not pass the blood tests.

And the boxing "powers that be," the promoters, who in this case, are Bob Arum and GoldenBoy, are doing nothing about it.

The Tuesday before Christmas, Arum actually told reporters that the fight was off.

There needs to be a single governing body in boxing, as there is in the UFC.

You fight the person that THE FANS want to see you fight, and there is one person in charge.

In boxing there are too many state athletic commissions, with far too many different sets of rules. 

Boxing fans deserve a little bit better than this.