Following Manny Pacquiao’s dominant win over Timothy Bradley in a rematch of their first bogus bout from 2012, the attention of the boxing world now turns to the hypothetical, greatest-of-the-modern-era fight between Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather. This is the match the entire world wants to see and should, but never will.
At 35 and 37, the clock is ticking for Pacquiao and Mayweather to get a fight scheduled and actuating step into the ring to make all the casual boxing fans come out of their shells and show that the perceived “outdated” sport is still alive. Plus, the latter boxer only has three fights left open on his Showtime deal after his May 3 bout against Marcos Maidana. Even though that leaves plenty of time for a fight to be scheduled against Pacquiao, it’s even more unlikely the two fighters’ rival promoters, Top Rand and Golden Boy Promotions, will reach a deal to make the world happy.
Why it’s so hard to just put the two boxers in the ring to settle a longstanding, hypothetical debate is very hard for the reasonable mind to comprehend, but that common opinion doesn’t have money and reputation tied up in the possibility. Neither fighter wants to lose that bout, which would make the winner the unquestioned greatest boxer of the modern era. That’s a really big deal, and that’s why it will never happen: Nowadays, the best of the best don’t want to face each other because they’re afraid to lose. That’s not to say that Pacquiao and Mayweather themselves are afraid, but their promoters are, and that’s why the fans are losing out.
Oh well, it’s not like the fans are the most important factors here, anyway. Oh, wait…