Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao: The Ugly Truth

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Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao: The Ugly Truth
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As the clock keeps ticking and the promoters continue to make more money, I'm starting to realize the Mayweather-Pacquiao mega fight may never happen. 

We have heard several stories before about the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight almost being a done deal. This isn't old news at all. If it has failed before, trust me, it will most likely fail again.

Crazy theory, right? Well, nothing is crazy when it comes to the politics in the sport of boxing.

Only a few people can explain why Pacquiao fought Joshua Clottey instead of Yuri Foreman. Apparently, Yuri Foreman was too tall to fight the Pac-Man. Yes, I know, several of you are thinking, "Yuri Foreman? Really?! Pacquiao would destroy Foreman." That's very true.

However, if you have been following boxing for quite a few years, you would know that back then it was  a different story. Foreman wasn't going to be a punching bag for 12 straight rounds, and also, he was coming off an exciting victory against Daniel Santos.

I am not criticizing Pacquiao—he is a great fighter and has earned my respect. I have had Pacquiao ranked as the No. 1 pound-for-pound king before, but that doesn't really mean anything. Ranking Mayweather and Pacquiao as pound-for-pound kings is like flipping a quarter over and over again.

It's true that I was fully convinced Pacquiao was going to mix it up with Mayweather back in March, and just like the rest of the world, I still want to see Mayweather compete against Manny Pacquiao soon.

But sadly, I don't see it happening.

There's an old article on ESPN.Com titled, "Pacquiao-Mayweather likely for March" that was published on December 4, 2009. Just a month after Pacquiao defeated Miguel Cotto in Las Vegas.

Want to know how the article starts? It starts by asserting, "Manny Pacquiao likely will fight Floyd Mayweather Jr. on March 13 after agreeing to a proposal from promoter Bob Arum on Friday."Does that sound familiar? How many times have we heard this mega-fight is going to happen before?

Probably enough to get the fight fans angry.

Want to know the difference between a Mayweather-Pacquiao article that was published two years ago and an article that's published nowadays?

Articles from two years ago used the word likely and other strong positive words that showed the mega-fight was going to happen. The majority of Mayweather-Pacquiao articles that are published nowadays usually start with questions like, "Will the fight finally happen?" or "Who will Mayweather fight next?," and other overused questions that don't really have an answer.

If you think about it, and play with some of the words while reading old and new articles, you can clearly tell that the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight was closer than ever back in March than it is now.

So...do I think the fight is going to happen in May?

I would honestly rather hear it from Pinocchio's mouth rather than Top Rank's promoter Bob Arum. Let's be honest, anything that comes out of Bob Arum's mouth is...I'll leave it blank and let you fill it in.

I could tell you a million reasons why a Mayweather-Pacquiao fight may or may not happen in May. However, I'm not going to bother. I could write an article with more words than an old dictionary describing why this fight has failed before and will continue to follow the same pattern.Just to give you an idea, the fight hasn't happened because of money, pride and legacy.

Want to know why this fight needs to stop being on the fiction section? Because of money, pride and legacy. Isn't that ironic?! Not really, welcome to Bob Arum's world!

An interesting world where a promoter says Shane Mosley was over the hill when he fought Mayweather, but strangely, he wasn't too old to fight Manny Pacquiao.

Now, I'm not saying Shane Mosley was too old to fight Pacquiao or Mayweather. It's just funny when a promoter contradicts himself too many times.

If the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight does happen in May, I will give all the credit to Bob Arum and Mayweather's team for making the fight for the fans.

It's just hard to believe the fight of the century will ever become reality.

When I try to picture Mayweather and Pacquiao fighting, I usually picture Mayweather hitting a gray-haired Manny Pacquiao with a flashy diamond cane.

If Manny Pacquiao ever fights Floyd Mayweather, I want to see the highlights on ESPN and not in America's Funniest Home Videos.

For those of you who are still confused, here's a trick: Read some articles from oldest to newest, and it will be like watching a tree losing its leaves little by little.

The fight seems to look good and healthy. However, the history behind it tells me a different story.

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