Manny Pacquiao vs. Floyd Mayweather Jr.: 5 Reasons This Fight MUST Happen
The sport of boxing needs a Manny Pacquiao vs. Floyd Mayweather Jr. fight, period.
In sports and especially in boxing, it is all about the matchups. You have to beat the best there is.
Louis had to beat Schmeling, Ali had to beat Frazier, Holyfield had to beat Tyson—Pacquiao and Mayweather have to beat each other.
The following five reasons show why this fight has to happen sooner rather than later.
5. Both Boxers Are in Their Prime
Floyd Mayweather Jr. is 34 and Manny Pacquiao is 32 years of age. If they wait another two or three years, it might be too late.
An example for this is 39-year-old “Sugar” Shane Mosley. The former champion was not what he used to be and therefore no match for Pacquiao during their fight in May 2011.
Fans want to see Pacquiao and Mayweather Jr. fight against each other in their prime. Nobody wants to see two old fighters, who missed the opportunity to have the fight of the decade five years ago.
4. The Last Two Great Fighters
It is sad to say, but Pacquiao and Mayweather Jr. are the last two great fighters left in boxing.
There is nobody else, not even in another weight class, that would come close to the excitement those two boxers create.
A fight between the two could bring back much publicity for the industry and settle the debate about who is the greatest, Pretty Boy Floyd or the Pacman.
3. To End the Debate
For far too long have boxing fans around the world been debating about who is the best. The only way to bring this to an end will be Pacquiao and Mayweather Jr. in the same ring at the same time.
I’m favoring Pacquiao, who tries to attack his opponents from the get-go and continues to do so throughout the fight.
Mayweather Jr. on the other hand, seems to me almost arrogant as he tries to play with his opponents. This type of arrogance could hurt him in the end.
Whatever your view may be, the only way to silence their doubters is by fighting one another.
2. Money, Money, Money
Thanks to new media outlets and all the hype surrounding a possible Pacquiao vs. Mayweather Jr. fight, everybody will get their fair share of profit—from your local sports bar to HBO.
I can only guess, but I think it is not too deceptive to say that a fight in the next couple of years will produce TV ratings comparable to the Super Bowl.
Pacquiao and Mayweather Jr. will become the cash cows of boxing and the media will turn the whole thing into a series of fights with No. II and III following in the years after.
1. To Save Boxing
A fight between Pacquiao and Mayweather Jr. would be bigger than the two themselves. Not only do they need the fight for personal reasons, but also the entire sport of boxing needs them to fight.
Mixed martial arts (MMA) has become increasingly popular, especially around a younger age group, turning boxing into a sport for old people like horse racing.
As I mentioned at the beginning, the reason why boxing used to be great was because of matchups like Louis vs. Schmeling, Ali vs. Frazier and Holyfield vs. Tyson. People are still talking about those fights.
Pacquiao vs. Mayweather Jr. could become even bigger because of what is at stake for the whole boxing industry.
I cannot wait for Pacquiao vs. Mayweather Jr. II and III.