Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao: The Business of Boxing

PrimeTyme KobyContributor ISeptember 21, 2011

LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 06:  Floyd Mayweather hits the pads in the ring during his workout training session at his gym on September 6, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Getty Images)
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In the aftermath of the Floyd Mayweather-Victor Ortiz fight on Sept. 17, the chess board that is the politics of boxing lost another pawn in Ortiz, by way of a fourth round KO.

It is clear to see that Ortiz was destined to be a king in the public's eye if he found a way to checkmate Mayweather in Las Vegas.  The scenario of the next Mexican-American champion with marketability had people thinking Oscar De La Hoya all over again.

However, the savvy Mayweather put an end to the dream with a scathing execution. 

This display had Manny Pacquiao fans screaming that Mayweather is avoiding him.

I respectfully differ.

Boxing is a business, and has been so since the days of Jack Johnson. The difference is the fighters never had control of their business, which is why Mayweather has been a threat to the model. The reality is that Mayweather-Pacquiao would be the most lucrative fight of all time, but there are no budding stars to carry on tradition.

Mixed Martial Arts is gaining popularity by the day. Pacquiao-Mayweather, unless it is a close fight, will open up the doors to MMA to take control.  Jon Jones versus Quentin "Rampage" Jackson is set for Sept. 24, which is a week after Mayweather-Ortiz. 

Coincidence? I think not.

A man who has starred in the A-Team movie—Rampage—is on the card, against one of the sports budding stars—Jones.

Mayweather is the star than can make other people stars. Pacquiao is fighting Juan Manuel Marquez for the third time. 

Mayweather fought Marquez in 2009, and won a lopsided decision. Let's see if the Pay Per View numbers of this fight comes close to Mayweather-Marquez.

I don't think they will.

Everything that we have witnessed in the Mayweather-Pacquiao saga has been full of tact on both sides. Mayweather has fought people, and Pacquiao fights them after.  Although it would be interesting to see if Pacquiao fights Ortiz, which I believe would be a tough fight for him.  One would have to think the Mayweather camp acknowledges it too, which why they switched the pattern of fighting older fighters out of their prime like Shane Mosley and De La Hoya.

Mayweather nicknamed himself "Money" for a reason.  He knows anyone he fights would generate a great payday. People who are angered by the fact that he does things on his terms, and approaches boxing as a business need counseling.  Roy Jones Jr. gave Antonio Tarver a rematch, and he hit him with a lottery punch, which changed his bank account and his life.

If you give the business enough chances, it is going to beat you. 

As a fan, something inside of me wanted to see Ortiz become a king against Mayweather because of the state of boxing. 

But I must admit, Mayweather's moves on the chess board are masterful.