If Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao do not fight this November, I'm going to be real heated. I won't be as upset as Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert was after Lebron James bolted for Miami last week. My angst will probably be closer to that of a New York Knicks fan (who also lost out on James) -- upset, but not "Dan Gilbert-upset."
Lebron's decision was televised and viewed by 10 million people. Mayweather's decision will probably not be televised and will not be viewed by millions. However, the decision will send similar shock-waves throughout the boxing world and broader sports world. Yes, this fight-in-the-making is that big.
The Top Five Reasons Why Mayweather-Pacquiao Needs To Happen This November
- Mayweather's reputation will take another major blow, should he walk away from this fight a second time.
- I do not want to see Pacquiao beat up Miguel Cotto again.
- It's been a very quiet summer in boxing, we need a rise in the fall.
- Antonio Margarito, another possible Mayweather substitute, does not deserve the payday.
- It should have happened last year. Period.
According to ESPN.COM's Dan Rafael, Mayweather has until week's end to agree to the terms of the fight. Now that the so-called "no comment" moratorium is obviously over, let's hope that Mayweather's comment by week's end is a resounding, Obama-like, "yes we can." If it's not, I'll be the disappointed Knick fan that I am, waiting until next year for better news.