Manny Pacquiao might find himself soon as the one man soldier in a fight to keep the UFC specifically and MMA in general from taking all fight fans from boxing.
If Mayweather loses his case and has to serve time in prison, Pacquiao will be the only top line draw left.
How many people even knew that Wladimir Klitschko defended his title against Samuel Peter a few days ago, (he won, by the way)?
So if boxing is a sinking ship (which I hope it isn't), here are some reasons why Manny should jump over to passing cruise ship, SS UFC.
No one knows who really runs boxing. It is the sketchiest of all the sports. There are several different belts, a handful of promoters and rankings that most people have questioned throughout the years.
In the UFC, you have Dana White, and he rules with an iron fist. If the people want to see a fight, White makes that fight. Even if you get a guy like James Toney getting beat down in a matter of seconds.
White would steer Manny in the right direction if he went over to the UFC.
During a press conference not too long ago, a couple of writers from Boxing.com asked Manny for his thoughts on MMA.
Pacquiao responded that he definitely watches it and if promoter Bob Arum and his adviser Michael Koncz said it was okay, he would consider entering the cage.
I am sure if Mayweather leaves and Pacquiao can't find anyone else to beat up next year, this topic will come up again.
Pacquiao is so popular right now that he wins political office without even being in his country half the time. People know him all over the world.
And even other athletes make time to come see him fight.
Partnering up with the UFC would help both parties get to another level.
I know there are a few worthy opponents out there and up and comers. But if Pacquiao beats Antonio Margarito, like most experts think he will, who can Manny fight that will make people want to buy a pay-per-view package?
I'm sure the man doesn't enjoy getting punched in the face. Who would? Boxing is his profession and if he can't get paid well to do it, why do it at all?
What fight out there will the public pay to see after this November 13th bout?
Unlike Mayweather who is more proud of his undefeated record than of his belts, Manny has lost in the past, so other than the same bodily injury that he risks boxing, there probably isn't more risk.
The reward could be a whole new group of fans.
Obviously he would have to train for probably more than a year, but even the most hardcore MMA fans (who will probably scoff at even the idea of Pacquiao going over to the UFC) would pay to see him fight in the cage.
Manny Pacquiao is seen as a warrior because he has inflicted and been subjected to some beatings. That is what the UFC offers.
So if he were able to avoid submission holds, he would probably be much better suited for MMA than James Toney was.
Would he be a champion over there? Probably not. But it would definitely be a challenge for someone who likes to find challenges.
If Pacquiao were to make a successful transition to UFC he would find some of the most loyal and passionate fans out there.
Does he already have those fans in boxing? Yes, some. But again with the lack of great fights, the boxing fan is a loyal but dying breed.
If Manny went to the UFC his boxing fans would probably go with him.
Because of Dana White, UFC makes each one of their fight nights an event. They pack the night with as many great fights as possible so that the undercard is worth watching.
When was the last time you heard anyone talk about watching a night of great boxing fights?
Unlike the Toney fight which was a bit farcical, everyone knows the type of fighter is. He isn't past his prime like Toney, he is actually at the peak of the mountain right now.
And no one doubts that Pacquiao would train correctly and start off with a fighter who he matched up well against.
So if Pacquiao made the move it would be a well thought out and serious attempt at making the transition.
And when he was ready to fight it would be the biggest fight in the history of the UFC.
Whether it's because he needs time off. Or because he is waiting for his uncle and trainer to come back.
Or if it is because of his legal problems. If Floyd Mayweather Jr. doesn't fight Manny Pacquiao in 2011, Manny is going to have to look for other ways to make money.
Or retire and go full time into politics.