Floyd Mayweather certainly knows how to make sure he is still the center of attention. You only have to look at the various sports sites on the Web to know that a small statement has made a large amount of noise.
Golden Boy and the Mayweather team say they have booked the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas for May 5th, 2012. The speculation flying around seems to suggest that Manny Pacquiao is to be the opponent.
Unfortunately, there are still many obstacles to overcome before the fight can be confirmed for next spring.
Pacquiao has to get past Juan Manuel Marquez on November 12th, 2011. The fight is a tricky one for Pacquiao, and the Filipino star will want to ensure that he beats Marquez well in order to put to rest all of the demons from their last two fights.
Will the drug testing issue raise its ugly head again? Mayweather and company have been very persistent on this issue, and it's unlikely that they will let the matter drop without some sort of compromise.
The revenues which will be raised from a Mayweather-Pacquiao fight will obviously be a sticking point. The fight is likely to be the largest grossing pay-per-view event in the history of the sport. Are both Mayweather and Pacquiao going to be happy with a 50/50 split?
But the major issue is the overall ability and competitiveness of the two fighters.
Mayweather and Pacquiao are not getting any younger. If the two fighters fail to agree to terms in the next few years, they will not be in prime condition as they are now to sell a major spectacle.
The second fight between Bernard Hopkins and Roy Jones, Jr. is a good example. If the two had fought in a rematch straight after their battle in 1993, then it would not have been viewed as the out-of-date fight it was.
Having said this, Mayweather has taken on big-name opponents when it is clear they are past their prime or heading that way. Shane Mosley and Oscar De La Hoya come to mind.
Mayweather is without a doubt one of the greatest boxers of the last two decades, but he appears to carefully select his opponents to preserve his unbeaten record.
Pacquiao did look slightly out of sorts in his fight against Shane Mosley and appeared to tire towards the end of the fight. He admitted afterwards that he was suffering leg cramps in the last few rounds.
If Pacquiao struggles with Marquez or does not look convincing, then expect the fight with Mayweather to be made quickly. Mayweather will see a deteriorating Pacquiao as his best chance to beat him and secure his boxing legacy.
If Pacquiao knocks out Marquez or gives him a good beating, then expect Mayweather to come up with several excuses in the next few weeks and announce he is fighting another major Welterweight contender like Timothy Bradley or Andre Berto.
In any case, try not to expect a decision on what the future holds for Floyd Mayweather until after November 12th, 2011.