At midnight tonight, the agreement that EVERYONE wants to see happen, will probably not happen. Manny Pacquiao’s camp set a deadline for Floyd Mayweather Jr. to agree to a fight that would probably be the biggest event in boxing, and they have until 12AM this evening.
If anyone is unfamiliar, Floyd Mayweather Jr. is the undefeated Welterweight/Lightweight/Featherweight Champion of the WBO, and had one of the most viewed PPV fights of all time (Mayweather/De La Hoya.)
Manny Pacquiao is an amazing boxer (and now politician) holding Lightweight and Featherweight titles as well, with a (51-3-2) record, 38 knockouts. He’s basically the only guy that Mayweather would be scared of, and he is scared.
Last year, when Pacquiao was still on the rise and moving up in weight classes, people were throwing around the idea of him fighting Mayweather, and that’s when this whole debacle began. Mayweather first started ducking the idea with false claims that Pacquiao was using steroids and demanded blood tests. Floyd put off the fight so much that people began questioning his motives so he quickly ‘retired’ to do WWE Wrestling skits. Good job.
Later in 09′ talks started of Mayweather coming out of retirement to fight again. Immediately the questions began again of who the fighter would be, and many speculated Manny Pacquiao. Who was it? SUGA’ Shane Mosley. The much older, past his prime punching bag that no one thought was even in the same calibur as Mayweather. The fight happened earlier this year, and who won? Mayweather. Big fucking surprise.
Ok, so the fight was over. The big “money-making” spectacle was over, and now the people who legitimatly cared about boxing started hounding Mayweather once again to fight Pacquiao. This leads us to today, where Pacquiao’s camp gave a deadline to Mayweather and his entourage to sign a contract for a fight meant to take place November 13th at Cowboys Stadium.
Not only could this be the largest event in recent boxing history, most likely out-selling the hugely successful Mayweather/De La Hoya fight, but it would actually deliver and somewhat revive interest in boxing. You have the two best pound for pound boxers in the sport fighting in the prime of their careers. People have been hyping this fight for over two years now and Mayweather is not even acknowledging the fact that the two fighter’s are even negotiating a fight!
Floyd… you’re hurting an already dying sport, you’re hurting your reputation as a fighter, and you’re denying us all the luxury of finally watching you lose a fight that we all know your scared of. This is why the MMA is surpassing boxing in leaps and bounds. Dana White, the commissioner of the UFC would never allow this cake boy shit to happen in the public eye, so who is the commissioner of boxing? Where’s that guy? Get him to do something about saving this already tainted situation and sport.
A lot of us like to speculate about the “what-ifs” in sports. What if Mike Tyson fought Muhammad Ali? What if Rocky Bolboa fought Mason Dixon? (see Rocky 6) Sadly, this is probably going to fade into the obscurity of speculation, and boxing will forever be damaged from this. We all know boxing is in the decline, and this could be the last hurrah before the sport fully dies.
The countdown to midnight begins, and most likely nothing is going to happen or even be heard. Sure Mayweather will end his career being undefeated, but his legacy will be ruined. Your a cake boy Floyd. A bonified, Streisand listenin’, dough packing cake boy.