Manny Pacquiao: Why He Must Fight Floyd Mayweather Jr. Next To Stay Popular

Todd KaufmannSenior Writer INovember 13, 2010

Manny Pacquiao: Why He Must Fight Floyd Mayweather Jr. Next To Stay Popular

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    Pacquiao-Margarito is not the fight that boxing fans wanted see. They were hoping to see Manny Pacquiao versus Floyd Mayweather Jr. That is what they wanted.

    However, the two sides couldn't come to an agreement, which led to a change from Mayweather to Antonio Margarito. It's not that this fight isn't going to be a good one for the WBC, or the fans for that matter. It's just not the one that a lot of us wanted to see.

    This was supposed to be a time where Pacquiao and Mayweather could prove just how good they were as fights. It was to prove, once and for all, who was the best pound-for-pound fighter in the industry.

    While Margarito is something, Pacquiao needs a fight with Mayweather to make sure he stays in the forefront of boxing. He needs to be able to make this fight happen to make sure he stays relevant.

    One time, one match, one winner. It has to happen or we'll just see boring fight after boring fight. The two best fighters need to face off, and soon.

    Here are 10 reasons Manny Pacquiao needs a fight with Floyd Mayweather to stay popular.

10. Even Ricky Hatton Couldn't Match Up

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    This was supposed to be a good matchup for Manny Pacquiao. Ricky Hatton was excited to get his chance for one of the best fighters the sport had seen in quite some time.

    That was until Pacquiao knocked him out in just the second round.

    There went that idea.

9. The Dance Is Getting Old

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    For the last year and change, the big news that surrounded a fight between Mayweather and Pacquiao got everyone excited.

    We all thought that we'd finally see this long dance around each other would come to an end.

    Then, a few months later, news would break that the fight was off because one wouldn't agree to something and neither would another.

    Whatever the problem is, this dance needs to come to an end for Pacquiao. He doesn't look good dancing around getting this fight done.

8. Beating Up a Weak Opponent Impresses No One

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    Pacquiao and Mayweather tried to get this fight done once before. It fell through, and Pacquiao was matched up against Joshua Clottey.

    Not to say Clottey isn't a good fighter, but we all know he's nowhere near Pacquiao's class. This wasn't fair from the start and not a fight any fans wanted to see.

7. Boxing Fans Losing Interest

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    Tell me the above picture doesn't look like something straight out of the WWE.

    That aside, fans are becoming bored with the kind of fights that are being put in front of them. Oh sure, true fans and fans that love the sport will keep coming back because they like to watch a good fight.

    But let's be honest, they're done watching a hyped up fight not living up to anything at all. What happened to anticipation?

6. Manny Pacquiao Becoming Just Another Name In The Hat

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    Manny Pacquiao is a name we all know. He's a name that is synonymous with why boxing is still alive today.

    However, isn't he becoming just another name? Isn't he becoming just another boxer?

    I know there are fans who would disagree, but to those of us who really don't watch the sport as much as you do, his name doesn't seem to be that big of a deal anymore.

    How does he keep his name relevant? There's only one way to do that.

5. The Sport Needs This Fight

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    Boxing used to have the biggest fights every month without fail. The Mike Tyson's, the Vladimir Klitschko's, the Buster Douglas'. What happened to those days?

    Now, they count on guys like Pacquiao and Mayweather to keep this sport relevant. However, it's becoming less and less relevant to those of us that want to get into it.

    The sport needs these two guys to finally get this thing done. If they don't, boxing might be in trouble.

4. Pacquiao's Popularity Could Go Through The Roof

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    The media attention surrounding a Pacquiao and Mayweather fight could bring a big time boost in popularity.

    Both have their corners of the boxing community that appreciate both fighters. But Pacquiao could bring in even more fans if he were to have his next fight be against the other big fighter.

    He needs this more than he imagines at this point.

3. Can't Keep Beating On Scrubs

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    Manny Pacquiao can keep beating on fighters they throw in front of him just to appease the boxing world.

    He can keep knocking out or winning unanimous decisions until he's blue in the face, but what good is it really doing him? It's not proving any more than he already has.

    It's getting boring watching him knock out Oscar De La Hoya and Ricky Hatton, but they don't say anything about how good this guy really is.

2. To Be The Best, You Have To Beat The Best

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    There are plenty of fans that love Manny Pacquiao and even more that love Floyd Mayweather.

    Here's the problem for Pacquiao. Until he fights, and beats, Mayweather, he won't be looked at as the top dog.

    Make no mistake about it, one of these guys wants to be none as "the best" without ifs, ands or buts. Until these two guys step in the ring, Pacquiao will be talked about as "maybe one of the best."

1. Pacquiao Can Stop The Doubters Once and For All

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    There are those that would doubt just how good Manny Pacquiao is, no matter how good the rest of us know he is.

    There are those that doubt that he can beat a fighter like Floyd Mayweather.

    He needs to make this fight happen. No more dancing around it, no more throwing out stipulations that aren't met.

    If he can't fight Mayweather in his next fight, then the doubts will continue, the questions will continue and we may never see an answer.

    Either way you slice it, it doesn't bode well for Manny Pacquiao.