Boxing

I'm Gonna Be Real Mad If Mayweather And Pacquiao Don't Meet In November

LAS VEGAS - MAY 01:  Floyd Mayweather Jr. looks on from his corner against Shane Mosley during their welterweight fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 1, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Mayweather Jr. defeated Mosley by unanimous decison.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
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Ja DawsonCorrespondent IJuly 14, 2010

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

  1. Mayweather's reputation will take another major blow, should he walk away from this fight a second time.
  2. I do not want to see Pacquiao beat up Miguel Cotto again.
  3. It's been a very quiet summer in boxing, we need a rise in the fall.
  4. Antonio Margarito, another possible Mayweather substitute, does not deserve the payday.
  5. 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.

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