A lot of people (including myself) doubted it would ever happen. But over the next two weeks, a Rube Goldberg-like series of events will combine to give fans the fight matchup they've been clamoring for... the big fight that the sport of boxing so desperately needs. "Pretty Boy" Floyd Mayweather will end up fighting Manny "Pac-Man" Pacquiao next fall. Here's why:
Sugar Shane Mosley shows the effects of a 16-month layoff at the age of 38, while Money May puts on a defensive clinic that puts the game, Mosley, and an HBO pay per view audience to sleep. After the fight, HBO announces that instead of rerunning the fight the following week, clips from the much more exciting pre-fight press conferences will be shown with Max Kellerman screaming over the top.
Golden Boy's Richard Schaefer explains that he actually meant to say Mayweather-Mosley would sell well over 300,000 pay-per-view sales, not three million, after HBO announces that the PBF-Sugar Shane showdown did a little less than one million in PPV sales.
Manny Pacquiao learns that it's a lot easier to walk through the Pound For Pound Top Ten than deal with the corrupt political landscape of his home country when he loses a close election in the Philippines.
After getting marching orders from both fighters, Bob Arum and Richard Schaefer announce that the fight is on. Floyd says he doesn't want testing, but Manny agrees to be tested anyway. Both fighters agree to a 40-40 split with the other 20 percent going to charity or the IRS, depending on who gets there first. Money says he always wanted the fight because he loves fighting the best, while Manny calls Floyd the greatest human being he's ever met. Followed by a group hug.
After a special six-part, 24/7 series on HBO featuring, among other things, a special senior boxing match between Freddie Roach and Floyd Mayweather, Sr. and special appearances by Mark Wahlberg, Sly Stallone, Sly Stone, Slylvester the Cat and many, many others, Money May and the Pac-Man finally climb into the ring. What follows is...