Boxing

Pacquiao-Mayweather Needs To Happen This Year

LAS VEGAS - MAY 01:  (R-L) Floyd Mayweather Jr. throws a right to the head of Shane Mosley during the welterweight fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 1, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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Alex SmithContributor IMay 2, 2010

Boxing's Heart Transplant is in the cooler, now we need to ship and operate immediately. Saturday night, Floyd "Money" Mayweather Jr. defeated "Sugar" Shane Mosley handily in a unanimous decision in Las Vegas. Now the only true test left for the 41-0 Mayweather is to take on the Current Best Boxer in The World, Manny Pacquiao.

 

Pac-Man and Money was supposed to be taking place sometime around now, if it wasn't for Mayweather calling for a ridiculous Olympic-style blood test to check for doping (hmm, did Mosley have to do that for this last fight? I'm pretty sure he didn't). As a result, Pacquiao fought and beat Joshua Clottey and Mayweather settled for Mosley, who at 38, has probably fought his last big card of his respectable career.

 

Everyone knows why Mayweather is ducking Pacquiao. He doesn't want to lose. Which is understandable, but in my book, a physical loss isn't as bad as a mental loss, and "Money" is losing mentally every day this matchup doesn't go announced. Pacquiao is without question the best in the game now and with his complete domination of all that stood to battle in front of him, His only challenge left is Mayweather.

 

Not only will this fight complete the career sheet for both boxers, but it will be the biggest fight in Boxing not involving a crazy Heavyweight from Catskills, New York in the last 20, maybe 25 years.

Pacquiao's battle with Clottey on March 14 drew 700,000 buys on Pay-Per-View, totaling over $35 million. The Mayweather-Mosley fight is reported to have drawn only 300,000 buys, even with aggressive advertising and viewing parties in movie theaters nationwide. (something I can't remember being done in awhile).

However, Mayweather has generated 5.5 million buys and $292 million in six other PPV fights. I strongly believe that a Pac-Man vs. Pretty Boy matchup would crush the 2.4 Million buy mark and could easily draw $75-80 million. Combine that with the money at the Gate. You could have this fight in say, Yankee Stadium or Antarctica; this will be one of the highest drawing gates in boxing history.

 

This matchup will create enough buzz to keep boxing in people's minds for a little bit longer..,At least until Kimbo Slice fights Brock Lesnar for the UFC Heavyweight Title.

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