It may finally become a reality. It is what Filipinos and the whole boxing world has been waiting for. Will Floyd Mayweather finally overcome his obvious fear of 8-division world champion Filipino fighter?
With his recent victory over previously-undefeated Chris Algieri in Macau, Manny Pacquiao has once again proven that he is still a master in the ring.
To this day, Mayweather has remained undefeated. He fears that the fighter from Saranggani might smear that record and that appears to be his greatest fear.
Boxing promoter Bob Arum said that the fight could gross $200 million and Mayweather is asking$100 million from it. The purse for Pacquiao may be less and has yet to be determined but it shouldn’t be far from what Arum plans to offer Mayweather.
But if Mayweather really wanted to fight Pacquiao he would have done so anytime in the past five years. So far, he has had so many excuses which were mere alibi to dodge the fight — from drug allegations to weight of boxing gloves.
Freddie Roach, Pacquiao’s trainer said that Mayweather’s sticking point is a rematch clause, which shouldn’t be a problem for Pacquiao. That’s an indication that he is considering a possible loss to Pacman. In a way, it is a plus factor for Pacquiao in case he losses the fight.
USA Today Sports wrote — “Arum says the fight must happen “if we want to be considered a major sport.” And he’s right. Can you imagine Nadal never playing Federer? Can you imagine how low the level of interest will be for any fight involving Pacquiao or Mayweather vs. Someone Else?