What an exciting weekend for the boxing world! After months of wild speculation (and marinating disgust on the part of yours truly), we finally were able to witness the "Dream Match" between Oscar De La Hoya and Manny Pacquiao.
This match would go on to be a one-sided massacre as the much smaller, but very game Manny Pacquiao proceeded to beat the fire out of De La Hoya over the course of eight rounds.
This merciless pummeling only stopped when De La Hoya refused to come out of his corner for the ninth round. One can only hope that this is the last time that we ever see "The Golden Boy" in the ring in any role other than that of the promoter.
As for Manny Pacquiao, with another future Hall of Famer being placed underneath his belt of impressive victories, it would seem as if the river of opportunity has broken through yet another dam for this passionate pugilist as he continues to pave his way to the ocean of success that his career is destined for.
One can only wonder as to what direction this warrior will take his career. The compass for his career must be spinning in many different directions at this moment. One direction that could be very prominent is that which points to the monumental match that could very well be made, be extremely credible and possibly one of the hugest fights(competitively as well as financially) to be made in Boxing History. That is the direction that points toward Floyd "Money" Mayweather.
A match of this magnitude would be exactly what boxing needs right now. We have two boxers of whom are still young and in their primes. Both also have the proper distinction of being named the P4P best fighters in the world.
In fact, Manny Pacquiao was the successor to Floyd Mayweather's throne after Mayweather retired over the summer this year. This is one of the rare moments where a match up of this caliber goes far beyond namesake and actually circles around the very real talent that is still fresh within both of these fighters. There is no way that this match would be ignored by the general public.
Manny Pacquiao has already stated that he would definitely be interested in a match-up of this caliber. Every single aspect of this fight makes sense.
The only thing that we are waiting on is the nod from Mayweather, who(unfortunately for us fans) seems to clearly be enjoying the retired life of a successful boxer. He has not hesitated to flaunt his vast riches on Youtube and other viral videos posted on the Internet where he will brag about his various cars and jewelry, while at the same time pulling no punches in dissing fallen opponents.
However, this is the one megafight that just might be able to bring this man out of retirement for possibly one last go at it. It has been proven over and over again that most professional fighters cannot resist the call of the squared circle. Who is willing to say that Floyd Mayweather will be able to resist doing the same?
We all know that Floyd loved the limelight. No matter what, so long as the cameras were on him, Floyd was willing to put on his show for the viewing public. However, much more than the limelight, Floyd Mayweather loved THE MONEY! He loved the money and has always been very upfront about his motivation being the money.
This fight at this point in time could truly be one of the most lucrative matches ever made. While there is no belt at stake, the thought of two popular, Hall of Fame fighters whom are still in their primes meeting in the ring has money written all over it.
Money is Mayweather's middle name, right? One sniff of that green stuff could possibly turn Mayweather into Scrooge McDuck and have him chasing those dollars into the ring for one last go at it.
We all know that this REAL dream match makes sense, figuratively and financially. We also know for certain that one of the particulars involved, Pacquiao, is willing to throw his name into the hat as far as being willing to make it happen. The only thing left is for Mayweather to decide whether or not he wishes to join the party. This writer certainly hopes he does.
At the same time, however, I understand if he wishes to remain retired. He certainly earned it over the years, plus he had the satisfaction of going out on top. We can only wait and see. The ball is in his court now. All we can do is Hope that he takes it, and Dream of the outcome if he does.