For the past two years, the camps of Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr have been unable to reach a deal to fight. They are too busy fighting useless fights.
Mayweather fights the prosecutors and judges. Pacquiao fights fighters looking for a last big paycheck to add to their retirement funds. With these fighters showing no signs of fighting each other, younger and hungrier fighters should be given notice.
In comes Timothy Bradley and Devon Alexander. These fighters are lean, mean, fighting machines with a frame of mind that comes from an old school era of boxing. They fight the best and only the best, no matter the cost.
Bradley and Alexander currently fight in the 140 lb division. This division has been called the most "talent-rich" division in today's boxing world. And of those talented fighters, Bradley and Alexander rose to the top two rankings of their division.
I believe there are at LEAST FIVE reasons why Timothy Bradley Vs. Devon Alexander is FAR more interesting than Manny Pacquiao Vs. Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Mugshot from last September's altercation with his ex-girlfriend.
Floyd Mayweather has court cases stemming from his baby mother's claims of physical abuse and threats to his children as well as assault of a security guard.
Manny Pacquiao has signed a fight with Shane Mosley, who has a strong punch and arguably enough speed, but his reflexes have gotten slower over the past three years and his last two fights did not end favorably for him.
Timothy Bradley has been nothing but impressive the past couple years. Devon Alexander has been quite dominant. Outside of an off night against Andreas Kotelnik last year, Alexander has put everyone on notice of his immense talent.
Top Rank Promotions is going to force those interested in Manny Pacquiao Vs. Shane Mosley to pay $59.99 to witness a fight that will likely leak online the next day anyway.
HBO is airing Timothy Bradley Vs. Devon Alexander January 29th 2011 on its regular network. There's no need for those with an HBO subscription to pay a pay-per-view fee.
Even if you are interested and don't have HBO, you can always go over a friend's house who does have HBO. That means Timothy Bradley Vs. Devon Alexander is essentially a free fight.
Amir Khan holding his world title as well as his piece of boxing's future in his hands.
Timothy Bradley and Devon Alexander are rising stars. They are also both undefeated. When they clash, their fight will help determine who is the next rising star of boxing.
To truly answer who is the next rising star of boxing, the winner of Bradley vs. Alexander will likely go against the only other top rising star in their division, Amir Khan.
Amir Khan has a nice following in the U.K. that's only going to get bigger. The winner of Bradley/Alexander will likely gain many fans in the process of victory. Amir Khan and the winner will likely get the HBO marketing and pay-per-view headline treatment this summer if all goes well.
By the time Pacquiao and Mayweather get in the ring, they'll be able to collect social security. Mayweather turns 34 in February of 2011. Many said Oscar De La Hoya was washed up at 34 as he signed on to fight Mayweather. Pacquiao is currently 32.
The "Pacman" is also a politician. Ask anybody, nothing ages people more than politics. Much fuss was made over how much grey Bill Clinton grew in his hair over just two terms as President of the United States. Though Pacquiao hardly holds anywhere near the same amount of responsibility, the headache is sure to be there.
How long will it take before we, the viewers, see Pacquiao and Mayweather slipping? Mayweather hasn't been hit like how hard he was hit by Shane Mosley in a long while.
For a long time, Mayweather was nearly a ghost in the ring. No one saw him, no one touched him. Now Mosley has shown he can be touched. Will Pacquiao and Mayweather be worth the wait?
Devon Alexander is 23 years old. Timothy Bradley is 27 years old. That means they are much younger and ready to do battle for status. They don't have the critical acclaim, fan base, and money that often makes fighters choose less than thrilling fights to preserve their reputation.
These young men are trying to make their mark. It would be wise to watch them do so. Fireworks will spark brilliantly that night!
This fight, between two undefeated young world-class world champions is signed, sealed, and ready to be delivered on January 29th 2011 10pm ET/7pm PT.
Manny Pacquiao Vs. Floyd Mayweather Jr. is not only not signed, it's not even in talks anymore. Talks have failed twice for various reasons that have been publicized over and over again (drug testing, purse split, promoter rivalries, etc).
It's time for new blood, new topics, new fights to look forward to that will actually happen. This fight, Timothy Bradley Vs. Devon Alexander airing on HBO this Saturday night, is one of them.