If you were one of the millions of witnesses of the one sided Pacquiao vs Clottey affair which occurred several hours ago, then you must be thinking the same thing that boxing fans everywhere are probably thinking. Bring on Floyd Mayweather Jr. It’s the only fight that makes sense for both men to anyone who enjoys the sport.
The fans crave it, the promoters want it; even casual observers are interested. The only ones who don’t seem to want it badly enough are Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather.
However, it’s a fight that can’t help but happen despite the reluctance of the two fighters to reach a compromise, and here’s why.
The same thing that prevents those two from making the match in question a done deal is the very thing that will help to bring them together and that thing is ego.
This particular element resides in both camps but more so in camp Mayweather than it does camp Pacquiao. Floyd wants random drug testing. Manny agrees but only up to a certain point, ergo, no deal.
The other side of the same coin though, says ego will eventually become a catalyst that will eventually bring the two sides together. You see, the only chance Floyd has of proving to anyone other than himself, that he is indeed the best fighter of his era is to defeat the man who has earned that label in the ring. That man is none other than Manny Pacquiao.
Then there’s pound for pound status. Floyd had the top spot, Manny has it and Floyd wants it back. Again, no matter how loudly he lays claim to it with his voice, the only way for Floyd to convince anyone else is to reclaim it in the ring. A guy like Floyd with an ego the size of Mount Rushmore is not going into permanent retirement as second best, especially when he knows that he is capable of collecting first prize.
Pacquiao knows from his perspective that the perfect conclusion to his storied career would be to beat Mayweather while testing clean in the face of allegations that he got to where he currently is by doping. In one stroke He will have beaten out his closest competitor for the most coveted legacy of his era and proved that the accusations are indeed false. There’d be no doubts, no what ifs, and even Floyd's most devoted fans would have to come around to the reality of it. Pac Man couldn’t ride off into the sunset on a more perfect note.
There’s something else too. If this fight makes sense only to the fans, then it makes dollars, lots of ‘em, to the fighters themselves. It’s been said that either participant stands to earn as much as forty million dollars, maybe more. No one can ignore that kind of potential forever, especially a fellow who calls himself “Money” and publicly stated that he wants to be a billionaire. Place your pinkie to the corner of your mouth and say it back to yourself Doctor Evil style… Forty-Million-Dollars! That should be sufficient to eat away at both men long enough to get them out of bed in the middle of some fateful night and bring them salivating to the bargaining table. If and when both sides agree to not disagree then indeed all of boxingdom will finally have what it’s been craving.
Where Clottey and Pacquiao obviously like and respect one another, there'd be bad blood between Pacquiao and Mayweather because of Mayweather's accusations. This fight would be good guy vs bad guy, no hype needed on that front. Even if the fight doesn't turn out to be terribly exciting, there are lots of people out there who would still come away feeling rewarded if Mayweather were to lose. Many viewers would tune in just to see the villain get his Comeuppance by way of his first pro loss. If Shane Mosley doesn't throw a wrench in the works when he and Mayweather fight in May, then that leaves Pacquiao as their next and possibly last hope.
Would Mayweather’s defensive skills be able to stunt Pacquiao’s aggression? Will Pacquiao’s offensive prowess overwhelm Mayweather’s defense? I’ll be happy to give my humble opinion by way of analysis in a future article.
Hopefully the two sides will soon recognize why this fight has to happen. Until the day comes when we hear Michael Buffer say “LET’S GET READY TO RUMBLE!” with Floyd in one corner and Manny in the other, in the same ring, on the same night, on the same card and in the same fight, let’s hope they come to their senses and beat each other senseless before we all get too old.