Manny Pacquiao vs. Floyd Mayweather: 5 Reasons We're Better off Without It
It’s time to face facts, ladies and gentlemen: There is a good possibility that Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao is never going to happen.
With all the controversy surrounding Floyd’s allegations that Pacquiao is using PEDs and Floyd’s own troubles with the law, it seems this fight is only getting less and less likely.
But, is that such a bad thing?
Let us explore five reasons why the world is better off without Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao.
Manny Pacquiao Can Concentrate on the Philippines
Besides being a boxer, singer and actor, Manny Pacquiao is also a full-time politician. With so much going on in his life, you have to wonder how he can manage to do it all.
The fact of the matter is, he probably can’t, and it’s likely that some things are slipping through the cracks.
Manny could retire tomorrow and still be considered one of the best to ever do it. If this were the case, he could fully concentrate on his life’s other endeavors, not least of which include being a House Representative in his native Philippines. He would be all the more beloved for it.
Manny and Floyd Will Continue Fighting
Both Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather are two very smart, very savvy individuals. They don’t seem like the types to continue boxing after they lose, fighting past their primes and pushing their bodies for diminishing returns and deflating paychecks. Even when winning, retirement is not inconceivable; Floyd originally retired in 2007 with a perfect 39-0 record.
The question is, with the incredible importance built into this legacy-defining matchup, would either man still want to fight even after winning or losing?
It is not far-fetched to say that Manny and Floyd can quit boxing altogether once they’ve fought each other. Truthfully, they would have nothing left to prove in the sport, and most boxing fans would be hard-pressed to disagree.
And that would be a shame, really, because there are plenty of interesting fights out there for either individual. Amir Khan is a capable fighter who is already calling out Mayweather. After the Marquez fight (provided he wins), Manny can fight the 28-1 Andre Berto, or even Sergio Martinez. And why did Cotto vs. Mayweather never happen?
Both Manny and Floyd seem to have more that a few “prime” fights left in their careers. It would be a shame to not see every ounce of magic they could have offered.
Manny Pacquiao Fails His PED Tests
An unlikely, but very possible scenario.
By now, we are all familiar with Floyd Mayweather’s main reason for not fighting Manny Pacquiao, and that's because he believes the Pacman is juicin'. For the most part, Manny has agreed to Mayweather’s demands for PED testing, save for getting his blood drawn within 14 days of the fight.
Well, let’s say that Manny agrees to Floyd’s every whim in terms of testing, the contract is signed and the fight gets underway.
And then Pacquiao actually fails his PED testing.
The backlash would be enormous. The entire country of the Philippines would be devastated emotionally, possibly even economically due to the news that their hero cheated. All of Manny’s achievements in the sport would be tainted. Worst of all, Mayweather would never shut up about how right he was all along.
All told, this is undoubtedly one of the most disheartening outcomes possible with a Pacquiao/Mayweather super-fight.
It Could Never Live Up to the Hype
Does anyone remember David Haye vs. Wladimir Klitschko. I mean, besides how terribly boring it was? Does anyone also remember the incredible amount of buildup done by both fighters?
Well, that’s nothing to the amount of hype Pacquiao vs. Mayweather has, and is, generating. Floyd is no stranger to trash talk, and his accusations of Manny’s alleged drug use are overshadowed only by his amazing boxing ability.
Manny is one of the most humble boxers to ever grace the sport, yet even he can’t wait to take on Money.
So let us fast-forward to the future. Imagine paying your $50-plus to purchase a pay-per-view tentatively titled “Mayweather vs. Pacquiao: The Greatest Fight of All Time.” You and your friends are sitting close to the television, waiting through all the insignificant preliminaries to finally get what you paid for.
And then the fight begins, and…it sucks. Nothing is happening. Both fighters are backpedaling, hesitant to engage. The crowd boos. And another proverbial nail is put in the coffin for boxing.
This is what you asked for, right?
Keeping Their Legacies Intact
If Mayweather vs. Pacquiao ever happened, it would be one of the biggest fights ever in the history of boxing. Although the sport’s popularity has waned in recent memory, the pay-per-views and advertising for the bout would be enormous. Two of the best fighters of our time, in peak condition, would square off inside the ring, and then…
One would have to lose.
As it stands, if the two never fought, you could easily argue why Mayweather is the best fighter of this generation, perhaps even of all time if you're really feeling zealous. The exact same could be said for Pacquiao. Legions of boxing fans would forever speculate who was the better fighter, as they both defeated the same competition but with differing results.
Mayweather handily beat Marquez, but Pacquiao fought tooth and nail for a draw and a split decision over the same man.
Mayweather was rocked and nearly dropped by Mosley, while Pacquiao ended up dropping Sugar Shane for only the third time in his career.
This we can be sure of: If the two fought, one would win and one would lose. No matter which fighter you prefer today, when the bell rings for the end of the 12th round and a winner is announced, you might have to acknowledge that there was always someone better.