Is Time Running Out on Mayweather Versus Pacquiao?

Nov 04, 2011 8 Comments


Manny Pacquiao will defend his WBO Welterweight title next Saturday versus Juan Manuel Marquez. Photo by: Roger Alcantara

It’s a natural reaction to want see the best of the best compete against each other.  If two teams, or individuals in this case, are superior to their competition then they should always be on a collision course to square off.  Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao have dominated the sport of boxing for more than 15 years.  The two have a combined record of 95-3-2, and each have been considered the pound for pound champion in the world of boxing.  Yet, with Pacquiao set to turn 33 in December, and Mayweather set to hit 35 shortly thereafter (February 24th), is time quickly running out on this mega-fight?

Floyd Mayweather will reportedly enter the ring again on May 5th of next year. Photo by: Bryan Horowitz

Earlier this week, Leonard Ellerbe (a Mayweather adviser) came out publicly about Mayweather’s intentions to fight on May 5th of next year.  Ellerbe was quoted as saying “we’re looking to make the biggest fight possible and everyone knows what that fight is, the little fella,” (the “little fella” of course being Pacquiao).  Obviously, with his November 12th title fight against Juan Manuel Marquez less than a week away, the Pacquiao camp isn’t going to waste their breath on pure speculation.  Furthermore, who really cares what Leonard Ellerbe has to say anyway? Certainly not Manny Pacquaio, and probably not even Floyd Mayweather.  The truth of the matter is that we’ve been down this road before.  Ever since Floyd Mayweather came out of retirement back in early 2009, there has been on again off again negotiations between both sides.  Unfortunately, those who have followed these negotiations closely (yours truly) know that unconventional requests by both sides (especially the Mayweather camp) have derailed any potential fight.  Thus, instead of already being witness to the greatest boxing spectacle  of our generation (with the potential of multiple rematches) we have instead witnessed the obvious.  Mayweather has defeated everyone he has faced (Marquez, Mosley, Oritz) and Pacquiao has done the same (Hatton, Cotto, Clottey, Margarito, Mosley).

Next Saturday, Manny Pacquiao is going to defeat Juan Manuel Marquez to retain his WBO Welterweight title, it’s going to happen.  Immediately following that bout, fight fans are going to once again be waiting in angst for a Mayweather vs. Pacquiao showdown.  At this point in their careers, I think it’s pretty safe to say that both Mayweather and Pacquiao are superior to any other fighters within their weight class.  Don’t get me wrong, I don’t fault either fighter for continuing to schedule fights against opponents that the general public knows they will defeat.  However, the fact of the matter remains that these two fighters will always be linked to each other, especially if they never fight one another.  It makes no difference if you are a Mayweather supporter or aligned with the Pacquiao camp.  Both parties can unquestionably agree on one simple premise; a Pacquiao versus Mayweather fight has to happen.  It may be the last great fight the sport of boxing sees for a very long time.

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8 Responses to “Is Time Running Out on Mayweather Versus Pacquiao?”

  1. Bluejellybeans says:

    I really don’t follow boxing. But when I was little and live in Panama, we did follow it, because of Roberto mano de piedra duran. How old am I!

  2. sportsglutton says:

    I agree that this is a fight which needs to happen for the sport of boxing…which is slowly making its way to the graveyard. Unfortunately, I’m still skeptical on whether or not it will really happen, as it does seem that Mayweather simply doesn’t want to fight Pacquiao.

    I did hear and interesting interview with Pacquiao on Jimmy Kimmel live though, where Pacquiao said that he would agree to a winner-take-all fight with Mayweather. Can you imagine the ratings that fight would draw if it happened? It would easily be the biggest boxing event ever and one of the biggest in sporting history.

  3. sportsattitudes says:

    I believe someone placed the prospect of a PPV charge at $70-$75 a pop. That may be too low. Indeed, this could be the last great fight boxing ever sees…if it ever actually SEES it. If it hasn’t happened by now…

  4. rsmacaalay says:

    At last you showcased a sport for me, not that I dont enjoy American Football but its just not available here, in New Zealand its all about rubgy (I hoped you watched it as we won the world cup).

    Anyways Go Pacman! Go Pinoys!
    Manny is Philippines sport hero and one good fact I learned from my friends in the Philippines is that during his fights Philippine crime rate drops down to zero as everybody is watching him from all walks of life.

  5. Sportsgrinder says:


    I definitely believe that. It is well documented that Pacquiao has given so much back to his people. He is widely considered a hero in the Philippines for his actions outside the boxing ring.

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