For a long time now, both Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao have been floating on the surface of every boxing related media report and update.
Their names have taken over the front pages of boxing magazines and websites, and the drama that surrounds both athletes is becoming so popular, that it perfectly blends into the default or norm of their personas.
An unbelievable amount of resources has been put forth to make the two men fight, but no matter what happens and what is offered in compensation, the fight never materializes.
Now, after all this time, the potential is back to new heights, with Mayweather Jr. saying that if Pacquiao agrees to the blood testing, he will face the Filipino sensation in the ring.
Pacquiao, despite claiming that he initially agreed to what Mayweather Jr. requested, has since been all over the place with his own stories and explanations. His potential usage of PEDs has been chewed over for years now, and this topic seems to stick.
Both fighters have to face a formidable challengers in the ring in the near future: Mayweather Jr. will be facing a recently rejuvenated Victor Ortiz, while Pacquiao will be waiting for his former foe Juan Manual Marquez to close their drama-filled history with a trilogy.
But what happened if both Pacquiao and Mayweather Jr. lose their fights? Will their losses make their potential fight less significant? Will interest be lost due to their downfall? Would the fact that Mayweather Jr. no longer carried an unblemished record make him less of a name?
Personally I don’t think so, but truthfully, I don’t know. I know that my interest in their fight will never be lost, and the significance will remain the same in my eyes, but what about you?
Being where they are right now, their fight would undeniably be one of the greatest (if not the greatest), highest grossing boxing event since boxing’s birth.
But as records get damaged, untouched names acquire numerous question marks, and people’s opinions and views become slightly skewed. With this, doubts arise as the fighters lose credibility and popularity.
Of course I am not hinting that the fight would not get instantly sold out, or that it would not break the financial record, but what I am asking here, is whether it’s historical worth and impact will remain the same if either or both fighters lost their next fight?