Although negotiations between the two sides have failed twice previously to agree to terms on a fight, here are five reasons that they'll finally strike a deal and meet May 5, 2012 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas .
If you turn on any sports show where boxing is being discussed, it is inevitable that the subject of Mayweather-Pacquiao will come up. Almost every time, Floyd Mayweather will be the fighter who is blamed for the fight not coming to fruition.
The general consensus is that Floyd has been either dodging or putting off the fight as long as he possibly can. He undoubtedly pays attention to everyone talking about this, and he knows that the criticisms will only grow the longer the fight fails to occur.
Many view Floyd as making excuses to avoid the fight, such as the whole random Olympic-style drug testing fiasco. I think that Floyd realizes that he can no longer put the fight off and it's time to step into the ring against Manny.
Freddie Roach and Roger Mayweather both seem to really want their guys to take this fight and are both highly confident of victory. Freddie believes that he sees holes in Mayweather's seemingly impenetrable defense that Manny can exploit.
Based off of the past six years, I think Freddie has earned the right to be highly respected as a strategist. He has gone on record multiple times saying that Manny will stop Floyd inside the distance, which would truly be shocking.
Likewise, Roger Mayweather has almost no respect for Manny Pacquiao. I've seen him calling Pacquiao numerous names that I can't put into this article. Roger thinks Pacquiao is just some little guy who has no real boxing skills and would get picked apart by Floyd with little difficulty. He's obviously wrong, but he oozes with confidence and badly wants the fight to take place.
On a side note that will be addressed later, I'm sure both trainers also wouldn't mind seeing a couple million bucks deposited into their bank accounts after the fight is over.
The demand for this fight is unbelievably high. Mayweather recently scored a controversial knockout over Victor Ortiz that was in the news being debated for weeks after the fact. Pacquiao has a fight coming up against longtime nemesis Juan Manuel Marquez that will do over one million PPV buys and should be a great fight while it lasts.
After Floyd's questionable knockout of Ortiz, more fans than ever will want to see this fight just to see Floyd get his first loss, as he is now perceived by many as somewhat of a dirty fighter. If he's able to stay active and get in the ring with Pacquiao in May, the bad taste of his victory over Ortiz will still linger in people's minds enough to keep interest at an all-time high.
On the other side, Manny will be in a tough fight that should be very exciting, as Pacquiao fights almost always are. People always want to see Pacquiao, but if he is able to score (and he should) a big time knockout victory over the great Marquez, demand to see him fight again will be through the roof.
This goes along with the high demand from the public. There is simply far too much money to be made for this fight not to happen. This fight would shatter the all time PPV record of 2.45 million buys set by Oscar De La Hoya and Floyd in May of 2007. Both Manny and Floyd could conceivably make $65 million or more each.
Yes, both are rich, but Pacquiao has shown to be one of the more generous and philanthropic athletes in recent history. Couple that with his status as a congressman in the Philippines, and it'll be hard for him to not push Bob Arum hard to make this deal with that type of money on the line. He'll see it as an opportunity to help his fellow countrymen.
As far as Floyd goes, he changed his nickname from "Pretty Boy" to "Money" in 2007. Enough said.
Both Pacquiao and Mayweather will go down as first ballot Hall of Famers whenever they choose to hang up the gloves, whether they fight one another or not.
However, for the winner of this fight, their status in the history of boxing will be catapulted to perhaps the top 10 of all time, as well as unquestionably going down as the greatest fighter of this era. As for the loser, they'll at least be able to get the credit of having faced one of the all time best.
I really think that both of their legacies will either stay the same or improve if they meet each other in the ring. There is no shame in losing in the sport of boxing. As a fan of both Mayweather and Pacquiao, I wouldn't lose any respect whatsoever for the loser of the fight. Floyd and Manny have both fought great fighters, but adding one another to their records is the final step both need to add to their already illustrious careers.