Manny Pacquiao vs. Floyd Mayweather: 5 Reasons the Public Doesn't Care Anymore
For almost two years now, Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather have been dodging a fight with one another more successfully than either of them have ever dodged punches. The question now isn't whether or not they can finally make a fight, but rather would anyone care if they did?
Quite frankly, I believe the answer is no. There has to be more to it than that though right? Exactly. That's why I present to you, the top five reasons the public no longer cares about Pacquiao vs. Mayweather.
5. They Both Have Come off as Wusses
Let's just be honest, if these guys really wanted to fight each other, they would have gotten a deal done by now. I don't care whose fault it is, this whole fiasco has made them both look like pansies.
First it was Manny Pacquiao refusing to adhere to the drug testing policy that Floyd Mayweather was insistent upon. Finally, after Pacquiao agreed to Mayweather's original terms, the Pretty Boy had changed his mind. Now it just feels like Mayweather doesn't want to jeopardize his perfect record against a worthy opponent.
Don't get me wrong, I get it. Neither of these two fighters really need this bout. They can both pull in huge paydays on their own without having another superstar on the marquee with them. The only reason there is to fight one another is to prove who is truly the best.
Clearly neither Pacquiao nor Mayweather has any interest in proving themselves; just on improving the size of their wallets.
4. Pacquiao and Mayweather Are Getting Old
Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather are 32 (33 this year) and 34 respectively. In other words, they are much closer to the end of their careers than to the beginning of them. This isn't to say that they don't have anything left in the tank, but before too long they'll both be running on empty and we'll be pleading with them to retire and quit embarrassing themselves.
Boxers are infamous for hanging on way too long despite aging about as gracefully as NFL running backs. I think as fans we have conditioned ourselves to stop paying attention to fighters when they reach a certain age so we don't witness anything like Ali vs. Holmes ever again.
I'm pretty sure Pacquiao and Mayweather are getting close to that age, which means no one wants to watch them fight anymore. Watching people beat each other up is fun, but watching guys give each other brain damage is not.
3. Mayweather Hasn't Fought in over a Year
Floyd Mayweather is quickly making himself irrelevant in the boxing world. No one cares about fighters who aren't fighting and Mayweather hasn't had a match in well over a year.
Sure, the guy has a fight scheduled for the middle of September, but I will believe it when I see it. Fight dates are about as reliable as a politician's campaign promises. They sound nice at the time, but take them with a grain of salt until you see some action.
I would not be surprised if a training injury or some other excuse pushes back Mayweather's next fight even further. The bottom line is, the longer Mayweather goes without fighting, the less people will care about the idea of a super fight between him and Pacquiao.
No matter how interesting Floyd Mayweather thinks he is, the general public couldn't care less about him unless he's throwing punches.
2. Boxing Is Dying
I hate to admit this, but boxing is dying. No matter how much I try and convince myself the sport will see a revival, that possibility becomes less and less likely as time goes by. People just don't care about boxing the way they did in the days of Muhammad Ali.
Even the two biggest names in the sport—Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather—would not be able to save the sport if they met. The problem is, those two names might be the only two boxers most sports fans could come up with off the top of their head.
Whether it is the fact that most of the best athletes in the world are involved in a sport other than boxing, or that the style of fighting seems to have become less interesting over the years (more clinching, less action), there is definitely reason to believe boxing's best days are behind it.
The bottom line is that most sports fans no longer care about boxing, even if the sports two biggest stars were to finally fight each other.
This reason kind of ties in with the last one. In 2011, if someone is interested in watching the highest form of legal pugilism, they don't watch boxing; they watch the UFC.
The emergence of mixed martial arts and particularly its most elite level, the UFC, has served as a reminder of what a combat sport has the potential to be. UFC matches are constantly action packed; boxing matches make you feel like you won the lottery if you find a fight with consistent aggression from both fighters.
At some point, boxing became about winning the match instead of beating your opponent. Boxers almost seem as though they're fighting for the approval of the judges, rather than to dominate the other fighter. If you watch just about any UFC fight for more than 30 seconds, it is abundantly clear they're fighting to beat the other guy in the ring, not to beat the guys keeping the scorecards.
Furthermore, UFC almost always gives fans the most elite matches possible without any of the dancing around and game-playing involved with trying to nail down a boxing match. At the end of the day, the UFC just gives boxing fans more of what they want to see than boxing does.