5 Reasons No One Cares About Potential Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao Fight Anymore
Mayweather vs. Pacquiao: 5 Reasons No One Cares About it Anymore
It has been years now that the boxing world has been hoping for a Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Manny Pacquiao fight. The two camps have gone back and forth in negotiations since 2009, and still nothing has happened. The Mayweather-Pacquiao soap-opera has gone on for so long now that, quite frankly, the world has lost interest in the bout.
In their prime, Mayweather and Pacquiao were the two greatest fighters in recent history. Mayweather moved around the ring in a way that made him seemingly impossible to hit; his undefeated record is a testament to this. He would move in for a strike and be gone before the opposing fighter could react. It was truly incredible to watch.
However, Pacquiao had the combination of quickness and power that Mayweather had never seen before. If there was anybody who could tarnish that undefeated record, it was Manny. Pacquiao seemed to have all the tangibles as well as the intangibles to go with it. This could have been the fight of the century.
Instead, here we are five years later still discussing what could happen and what the fight would be like. Each camp denies that they are the reason the fight won’t happen. Pacquiao’s people say Mayweather wants too much money. Mayweather’s people say Pacquiao won’t take a blood test. The bickering is never ending. Yet with each exchange, the fight is looking increasingly less likely to happen.
At this point, the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight is mere speculation. Mayweather is still going strong, but he's only going to be around for another year or so before he retires for good. Pacquiao is also contemplating retirement but for different reasons. The Filipino star has lost two of his last three fights and looks like a shell of the dominant boxer he once was.
Here is a list of reasons why no one really cares at this point if the Mayweather-Pacquiao showdown ever happens at all.
5. Manny Pacquiao's Diminishing Ability
Pacquiao has lost two of his last three fights. Although the outcome of the Timothy Bradley fight was controversial, that fight wouldn’t have even been close if Manny was in his prime. He is still a good fighter but nowhere near the superstar that he was a few years ago.
4. Both Fighters are Too Old Now
Mayweather is 36-years-old and Pacquiao is 35. Mayweather has yet to be defeated, but he doesn’t have the ability that he once possessed. On the other hand, Pacquiao is stumbling to the finish line of his career. If this fight were to happen it wouldn’t be the fight that the world once hoped to see.
3. The Mystique is Gone
People wanted to see this fight when it was first being negotiated after Pacquiao had first burst onto the international scene and Mayweather came out of retirement to face him. Now that both fighters are nearing the end of their careers, this fight doesn’t hold the mystique it once did.
2. Back and Forth Bickering Gets Old
At the beginning, the constant back and forth between the camps was entertaining. It made us feel as if the fighters really hated each other and couldn’t wait to take it out in the ring. Now it just seems like whining and stalling. If the two really want to fight, stop talking and make it happen.
1. It's Time to Focus on the Future
It seems so evident that this match is never going to happen that boxing fans have turned their attention to the future of boxing. Instead of focusing on great boxers of the past (Mayweather and Pacquiao), the world is now turning their attention to future stars like Tyson Fury and Javier Fortuna.