While there are millions of people speculating on the issue of Mayweather Jr. vs. Manny Pacquiao, most are fan-based accusations. Pacquiao fans blame Floyd for being afraid of fighting Manny, thus coming up with every possible excuse to stall this fight or even prevent it from ever happening.
I have heard and read Pacquiao fans saying things like: “Floyd is just scared because he knows he will get knocked out,” “Manny is too much for Floyd, so he is just waiting for Manny to retire,” “Why would Floyd fight Pacquiao and ruin his perfect record,” “There is no chance for Floyd to beat Pacman, Manny is simply too fast and too strong for him.”
Mayweather Jr. fans come back with accusations, trying to prove that their fighter is far from scared, and simply wants a fair steroid-free fight from an ‘obviously overrated and drugged’ fighter.
Floyd fans tend to blame Manny for the more popular reasons: “If he wanted to fight in the first place, he should have agreed to the drug testing right away, and not months after it was proposed, giving the drugs time to eliminate from his body,” “If Manny is so great, why is he fighting opponents that simply give the fight away, I mean look at the Clottey fight,” “Wins against either extremely weight drained opponents or ones beaten by Floyd previously, does not say much about Pacquiao.” Personally, I don’t buy any of that.
Fans always find a negative light to shine on some fighters. When Floyd made Juan Manuel Marquez come up in weight and then beat him, Pac-fans called him a coward for making a smaller fighter come down in weight. What many don’t know is that most of the time, it’s the coming down in weight that takes the biggest toll on a boxer’s body and attributes. Pacquiao and Roach are doing that right now, they are asking bigger fighters to come down in weight to face the legendary Pacman, and only a fraction of people recognize it as an advantage for Manny.
There are a million different opinions that you could find on this chewed-up topic, but I would like to propose another one. Maybe what I will discuss here has already been talked about, but I have not read or heard much about it yet.
Putting the blame game aside, there is another very possible scenario that could be developing here. It may sound absurd to some, but make decent sense to others. I have talked about this hypothesis with boxing fans on forums and in person at various boxing events, and some seem to agree and promote this idea as well.
Every boxing superstar, or any sport superstar for that matter, dreams for a mega-event for their last performance. In boxing, fighters want to leave the sport with a big bang in all glory. It’s the mind blowing payday/profit that this event produces for them, and for the history of the sport. Maybe, just maybe, there is something else going on between the Pacquiao and Mayweather camps. Maybe all this overwhelming drama is an ingenious build-up to the last fight for both superstars.
Some may ask: “They have been making millions of dollars for the past decade, and even more lately. How much more could they possibly get for this fight if it is ever realized?” Much more! I have no way of proving this, but I bet that if their fight happened five years ago, before any of this drama ever occurred, their payday as well as the significance of the fight itself would have been a fraction of what it already is today.
Their wild accusations, with the help of their fans and the strong voice of the media, created a whole new level of importance. The fight would break all records, financial as well as the number of public views. As a matter of fact, I spoke with Bert Sugar after the Hopkins vs. Jones II fight, and he mentioned that their latest offer to face each other was much larger then a year ago. I expressed this theory to Bert, and while he wasn’t able to discuss it in detail for whatever reason, he did say that it cannot be dismissed and that it could be much simpler then any of us believe it to be.
Both boxers are nearing their career finale: if not in 2011, then soon after. Younger and hungrier fighters pop up every day, and sooner or later age along with physiology will make a difference. This fight is a very big ‘cow’, and everyone (promoters, fighters, and us) are trying to milk it dry. We always see fighters throwing verbal and sometimes real punches at their opponents during the press conferences, but they all hug it out after the fight, congratulating each other and wishing each other luck. Is it possible that the Pacquiao and Mayweather Jr. drama has been artificially manufactured with the same intentions?
I don’t know, and I hardly think so. But could there possibly be a fraction of truth in that?
Of course now the rules may have changed, as Mayweather Jr. is expected in court. Could it be that Floyd ruined his chance of fighting Pacquiao? We'll find out soon!