Today is the deadline when we will find out if the mega-fight we all have dreamed of and anxiously waited for will finally happen. Today is the day that Floyd Mayweather will decide if he will step in the ring to fight world champion Manny Pacquiao on November 13th at Cowboys Stadium.The undefeated Mayweather has balked at previous contracts to fight Pacquiao, including last January's agreement which fizzled over drug testing differences. Today, we will find out just what Mayweather is made of and if he is finally willing to put his undefeated record and his identity on the line.
Pacquiao was part of the reason why the March fight was put off after he would not agree to the drug testing terms, which included regular blood tests up to fight night. That has changed this time around as Pacquiao has agreed to both blood and urine drug tests.Famed promoter Bob Arum, who is headstronging the effort to get the match, says that he is willing to wait until the very last minute for Mayweather to put his name on the contract. The contract, however, must be signed before midnight tonight.
Now that Pacquiao has agreed to the drug testing terms, the only wait is on Mayweather. Mayweather, who is 40-0 in his career, is beginning to take heat for dodging a fight with Pacquiao because of that undefeated record.Mayweather's undefeated record is his identity and his legacy. He markets himself on his undefeated record and prides himself as the being the best because of it.Arum provided further insight. "We're waiting on Floyd," Arum told ESPN.com. "He might not want to fight again this year. If he wants to say, 'See you next year,' there's always next year. But I don't think we can't wait much longer for him to make up his mind, because if we do the fight, we want to make it as big as we can make it, and that takes time. I think Floyd will give us the courtesy of a response one way or the other. What that response will be, I really don't know.
At this point, it has to.Both boxers have dispatched of every possible opponent in their class and on their docket. There is no one left for either boxer to prove himself against.This will be the biggest blockbuster bout of all time both from a financial standpoint and the talent in the ring.Neither boxer's legacy will be completely affirmed without this fight. Nor will either boxer's legacy be whole, knowing this fight was out there and has never happened.
They are arguably two of the best fighters outside of the heavyweight division, but the Pacquiao-Mayweather Jr. fight would rank among the best fights off all-time, or so we could only hope. Ali-Frazier, Ali-Foreman, Tyson-Holyfield, and Ward-Gatti are currently looked upon as the best bouts of all-time.It is tough to weigh a Pacquiao-Mayweather match-up against an Ali-Foreman match-up from over 35 years ago, but this anticipated fight would rank right near the top of the list.
Pacquiao last entered the ring on March 13, when he defeated Joshua Clottey in a 12th round decision to retain his WBO World Welterweight title. Clottey was another notch of challengers, which Pacquiao dispatched of in his recent run. If Mayweather does not sign up for this next fight, Arum is looking at Miguel Cotto or Antonio Margarito to fill his shoes. There is some conflict with Margarito because of his current suspension to fight in the U.S. after he was busted for packing his hand wraps prior to a 2009 fight.
Mayweather (41-0) defeated 38-year-old Shane Mosley on May 1st in a 12th round unanimous decision.It was his second straight fight he recorded as a 12th round unanimous decision after defeating Juan Manuel Marquez last September.