I could make this slide read about the same length as a regular article just to tell y'all the deal behind the honorable Emmanuel D. Pacquiao of the Sarangani Province in The Philippines and his most talked about competition, "Pretty Boy Floyd Money Mayweather", the many who retired with an unbeaten 39-0 win streak only to come back and beat Juan Manuel Marquez and Shane Mosley.
I could run down how every boxing fan has been hungry for Mayweather-Pacquiao to happen, the way fans of the old school hungered to see Muhammad Ali face Joe Frazier back when the heavyweight division was the talk of the sport of boxing.
Instead, I'm going to be brutally honest.
The simple fact of the matter is that regardless of how many articles you read or how much you believe that Pacquiao-Mayweather will happen after Pacquiao's brutal and thorough destruction of Antonio Margarito and Mayweather's near-complete shutdown of Shane Mosley, there's one thing we all hae to live with:
Mayweather isn't fighting Pacquiao in 2011.
2012 or 2013, maybe, but it isn't happening next year.
I can already see how this whole situation plays out.
It's likely Pacquiao winds up fighting first, but I won't be surprised if Mayweather fights first.
Either way, they're not fighting each other, but alas, their respective managements will find reason upon reason to book fights against any fighter except each other.
The best part about it all?
Some people will buy into the belief that the fight makes sense and actually convince themselves that there's more logic behind the fight's occurrence than just "the fight is happening so that we can say it happened."
They'll throw out reason after reason why it makes sense that they'd fight these other guys and they'd point to every single time Manny or Floyd had ever been hit or knocked down.
Oh, and the fights themselves?
They'll land on the same night as a UFC event.
Now, I know it'll take a huge card to top a Pacquiao fight or a Mayweather fight on PPV buyrates, but as far as action goes, the UFC will provide the better product no matter what Bob Arum says.
Pacquiao and Mayweather may be involved in fight cards that see millions of people ordering their fights over a UFC card, but there's only so many times when you can be willing to overlook the fact that Boxing promoters are trying to avoid giving their own fans what they want, and what they want is to stop speculating about what would happen if Pacquiao and Mayweather fought.
They want to see the two go at it and they want to put the debate to rest.
Unless that exact fight happens in 2011, the buyrates may be the only thing that Boxing will have that the UFC doesn't.
They may have over 1.4 million plus people buying their product, and a Pacquiao fight or a Mayweather fight could equally be perceived as a bigger product than most sports.
Put either fight up against a UFC card, however, and ask yourself: Is the boxing card really better?
I personally don't think so.