Hypothetically, let's say that Manny Pacquiao defeats Juan Manuel Marquez tonight and goes on to face Floyd Mayweather Jr next.
The Pacquiao vs. Mayweather "Dream Fight" will finally have arrived. What could be better.
Well, in terms of intrigue, nothing would be better. We'd get a much better sense as to who the better fighter really is, which would be great, right?
Well, yes, that would be a great fight. I would certainly be watching it. But from an in-ring perspective, that fight would in no way match what we've seen from Pacquiao vs. Marquez.
Honestly, if one man comes out tonight and knocks the other out in the first round, that logic still applies. Now, I don't see that happening, but the first two fights have been so incredibly entertaining that they will be very hard for Pacquiao and Mayweather to top.
For whatever reason, Pacquiao and Marquez just have a style that meshes, which means that their fights are absolute must-see TV. Think about this for a second.
In neither of their first two fights was the winner clear until the result was actually announced. Heck, in the first fight, there was no winner. What more can you really ask?
Now, tonight's fight may not quite hit the level of the first two, but you can absolutely believe that will be action packed. Even if it doesn't last long, we'll see plenty of back-and-forth action between these two guys.
Would Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao give us a better in ring product than Juan Manuel Marquez and Pacquiao have?
Frankly, it's just hard to imagine Mayweather and Pacquiao giving us that.
Now, does that mean that I don't want that fight to happen? Absolutely not. I truly want to see boxing's two biggest names step in the ring against each other to see whose style works best.
But that fight would be more like watching a chess match. It would be interesting, but I doubt there would be a ton of action. It would more be about the two fighters trying to implement their strategies, and I don't think those strategies would bring the best fight.
If tonight's fight is anything like the first two, it will be about two men coming out swinging, without ever giving an inch of ground. As a fan, what more can you really ask for?