Boxing: Will Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. Ever Fight?

First LastCorrespondent IFebruary 2, 2011

LAS VEGAS - MAY 01:  Floyd Mayweather Jr. looks on from his corner against Shane Mosley during their welterweight fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 1, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Mayweather Jr. defeated Mosley by unanimous decison.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
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If one was anticipating a fight between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr., they may not want to wake up anytime soon.

The real question now isn't whether they will or will not ever fight, but it's will Mayweather ever fight again?

In a recent interview with OnTheRopesBoxingRadio, Zab Judah said Mayweather told him he's finished and going to take a two-year break from the sport. Mayweather, who has a perfect record of 40-0, isn't a stranger to letting down his fans this way, and this just adds to his selfishness that kept the mega-fight from happening.

The best chance of the biggest fight in the history of boxing was last year in March, but arguments over Olympic style drug testing turned the fight to dust. Dust doesn't change, and it looks as if it's going to stay that way if Judah's comments reflect Mayweather's absolute decision.

Teddy Atlas made a comment on the season premiere of Friday Night Fights about Mayweather returning to the ring because his recent problems with the law may force him to fill the holes that may begin to form in his bank account.

The only chance he comes back would be for that reason, and with his new movie production company with 50 Cent starting, even that could keep him retired from boxing for good. If he does decide to come back, it probably won't be against Pacquiao, the pound-for-pound greatest boxer in the world.

Pacquiao is scheduled to face Shane Mosley in May in what should be a competitive fight for a couple rounds before Pacquiao takes over and dominates down the stretch. He should have no problems getting past the 39-year-old.

If Mayweather is really retiring from the sport again, it will be a question of who's next for Pacquiao? Juan Manuel Marquez is the most likely choice, but that could never live up to the super-fight between Pacquiao and Mayweather. Nothing ever could, and that's why Pacquiao is taking on these types of opponents.

It's probably a good time to stop asking yourself when they will fight and start asking why they never did.