Pacquiao vs Mayweather -- The Ultimate Boxing Match
Manny Pacquiao vs. Floyd Mayweather -- Will This Fight Happen?
Unless you've been hiding under a rock, you've likely heard that this on again/off again match between Pacquiao and Mayweather, the top 2 pound for pound fighters in the world, is being hailed as the "Fight of the Century." The problem is the fight hasn't happened yet. In fact, it was canceled two months before it was scheduled to occur in March 2010.
These two warriors both stand to make millions on this fight, the public is screaming for Pacquiao vs Mayweather to happen, and the sport of boxing needs it.
So what gives?
Pacquiao vs Mayweather -- The Dispute
What went wrong?
The crux of the issue here revolves around an off the cuff remark made publicly by Mayweather Jr's former trainer and father, Floyd Mayweather Sr, several months ago. The former welterweight boxer accused Pacquiao of taking steroids based on the fact that he has bulked up considerably over the last few years. Pacquiao retaliated by filing a defamation of character lawsuit against Mayweather.
Lawsuit aside, the fight negotations were initially still progressing. Mayweather and crew demanded a blood test 14 days prior to the fight. Bear in mind it is unprecedented for a fighter to create his own regulations surrounding a match. That's what the state athletic commissions are for. Pacquiao was willing to compromise and allow additional testing up to 24 days prior to the fight but no closer, based on a concern (which may be more psychological in nature than anything) that he may lose some "steam" as a result.
With neither side willing to concede, a mediator was called in. A few days later the fight was canceled.
Pacquiao vs Mayweather -- Will They Fight?
What needs to happen
In my personal opinion, this is more of a Mayweather issue rather than a problem with the Pacquiao camp. Mayweather is scared of tarnishing his perfect record and is creating obstacles to try to make it seem as though Pacquiao is the bad guy in the situation. It sets a very dangerous precedent if fighters begin arbitrarily creating their own rules. Let the athletic commissions play their role. Fighters fight.
I know this is a foreign concept to Mayweather, but THIS FIGHT IS BIGGER THAN YOU. The sport of boxing has suffered tremendously of late from crooked promoters, poor judges, and self-serving champs who care little for the sport that got them to where they are. Boxing needs this fight. It is disheartening to see a fighter of Mayweather's stature behave in such an immature, selfish fashion. But I suppose that ultimately if enough cash is thrown on the table, "Money" Mayweather will figure out a way to make it happen.
This fight will likely happen before the end of the year. It's simply too big and the fans are clamoring for it. Far too much money and prestige surround this match, and the drama and notoriety increase with each passing day. Allow some time to pass and tempers to cool and the folks involved will eventually come to their senses.
Like Sylvester Stallone says in the movie "Rocky Balboa,' "it ain't over 'till it's over."
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Manny Pacquiao vs. Joshua Clottey - March 13, 2010
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With the Pacquiao versus Mayweather fight having fallen through (or more likely postponed), Manny Pacquiao will now be facing a solid opponent in Joshua Clottey. The 33 year old has a record of 35-3 with 20 knockouts. Clottey is a tough, physical fighter who will no doubt keep the pressure on Pacquiao. Like Manny, Clottey is quick-fisted and able to land accurate counterpunches. He also brings a formidable defense that Manny may have some difficulty breaking through.
With two physical fighters in the ring, this should be an entertaining fight for boxing fans. While not quite on the scale of Pacquiao versus Mayweather, we still have the more stellar matchup of Mosley versus Mayweather looming just over the horizon.
Floyd Mayweather vs. "Sugar" Shane Mosley - May 1, 2010
The 2nd Biggest Fight Possible in Boxing
With the collapse of Mayweather versus Pacquiao, the second biggest fight in boxing is now a reality--Floyd Mayweather versus Shane Mosley. The welterweight megafight is scheduled for Saturday May 1st, 2010 at the MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas, NV.
Mosley is very much a contender in this match, often regarded as the number three pound for pound fighter alive. According to many, Mayweather has ducked Mosley for years as he tends to cherry pick his opponents. This should prove to be a very competitive and entertaining fight for boxing fans.
Let's hope this amazing bout will serve as a lead-in to Mayweather versus Pacquiao sometime in 2010.
Manny Pacquiao vs Antonio Margarito - Nov 13, 2010
Pacquiao vs Margarito
The Pacquiao vs Margarito bout is scheduled to be in the junior middleweight division which means both of them must register a minimum weight of 150 pounds at the time of the weigh in.
This is the first time that Pacquiao is entering this division. He has never gone past the 148 pound weight range prior to this match. If either boxer exceeds the weight requirements, he would be fined half a million dollars for each pound by which he exceeds the maximum weight limit for the Junior Middleweight division.
The Junior Middleweight Championship is up for grabs during this match which presently is not owned by any boxer. Manny has already won 7 championships in the WBC in 7 separate divisions, ranging from 105 pounds to a maximum of 148 pounds (prior to this fight). Saturday's fight will be a record 8 division titles held if the Pac-Man defeats Margarito.
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