If Pacquiao Doesn’t Fight Mayweather Next Will Boxing Die?
Well, that wasn’t too shocking was it? Manny Pacquiao (54-3-2, decimated Shane Mosley (46-7-1) to cruise to an easy unanimous decision victory on Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Pacquiao made Mosley taste his power with a third round knockdown and Mosley wanted no parts of Pacquiao from that point on. It was ugly, one-sided and something fight fans were upset that they paid to watch. Not because of Pacquiao, but because Mosley ran like a scalded dog for the entire fight.
“Nobody can really perform against him,” Pacquiao’s promoter Bob Arum said. “Some of these guys are pretty good fighters, but nobody in their whole experience has ever faced somebody like (Pacquiao). Everybody is going to look the same way.”
Everybody except possibly one fighter: Floyd Mayweather Jr. For all that it has taken to get these two fighters in the ring, both owe it to the boxing community to set their egos aside and step into the ring to settle the burning question, “Who is the best pound for pound fighter in the world today?”
At this point, it appears the ball is in Mayweather’s court. Pacquiao has said time and time again he wants to give fans what they want. He’s also said that he doesn’t know why Mayweather won’t get into the ring with him. If you recall, this discussion has been ongoing for the past couple of years. A proposed March 2010 fight fell apart when the two sides couldn’t agree on the type of drug testing needed to make the fight happen.
Mayweather would go on to defeat Mosley in a one-sided affair while Pacquiao easily got beat by Joshua Clottey. The two sides began to negotiate again, and once again talks fell apart as Mayweather opted not to answer the call of Pacquiao and the Pac Man opting to beat down Antonio Margarito to become the first eight division world champion in the history of the sport. With Pacquiao’s drubbing of Mosley, the fact of the matter is that boxing fans cannot continue to watch the two best fighters in the world dance around each other for the rest of their careers. The fight needs to happen and it needs to happen sooner than later. Public interest is still buzzing and there is no doubt that this would be the biggest fight in perhaps the history of the sport. Aside from that, you are looking at a purse of roughly $50 million for each fighter. It makes absolutely no sense why these two won’t fight, unless one party is truly scared of losing.
Ultimately, this fight needs to happen for the fans that have been asking for it. There’s truly nobody else that the fans want to see Pacquiao beat up. The same can be said for Floyd Mayweather. They hold the future of the sport in their hands. If they don’t make the fight happen, boxing should have its life support plug pulled and rest in peace. They owe it to fight fans, they owe it to the legendary fighters like Ali, Frazier, Hagler, Hearns, Leonard, Tyson, Robinson, Louis and all the greats that fought the best possible fighters around.