News has once again surfaced that negotiations are underway for one of the most anticipated bouts of the past decade, Floyd Mayweather Jr. versus Manny Pacquiao. Unfortunately, for many boxing enthusiasts it might be too late to see two of the best pound for pound fighters in their prime.
There is no doubt that this would be a truly entertaining fight to watch and would be the most anticipated fight in 2015. The real question is, will it actually live up its expectations or will sports fans feel disappointed?
Manny Pacquiao Profile
It is not unreasonable for many critics to say that Pacquiao has lost some of the edge that he had during the first round of negotiations in 2009. Since talks of this epic fight had begun 5 years ago, he lost two major matches. Though it should be pointed out that the loss to Timothy Bradley was widely viewed as a controversial split decision. His KO loss to Juan Manuel Marquez was far from controversial and may have signaled a decline in Pacquiao’s prowess in the ring. This, compounded with his announcement of his plans to retire in 2016 to focus on politics in his native Philippines, has only given his critics more ammunition to believe that his skill level in the ring has diminished.
Floyd Mayweather Jr. Profile
Mayweather has begun to show signs of his age as well. The biggest indicator was in his highly contested victory over Marcos Maidana. The first couple rounds made it seem as though Mayweather was a shell of his former self with Maidana landing some decisive blows including one that caused Mayweather to be cut for one of the first times in his career. He rebounded well, but questions remain how much more does he have left in his engines. And even though Floyd is technically the best active fighter, he is simply not on the same level as he was in 2010.
Seeing an epic clash of two of the most talked about fighters in the world is something that would still be of high interest to boxing fans everywhere. It would be a classic, much anticipated match between two of the best pound for pound fighters in the world, who’s fighting styles are as different as their personalities.
There are many lingering doubts whether this match will actually happen. Especially after Mayweather stated that he would never do business with Bob Arum, founder and CEO of Top Rank, who represents Pacquiao. Money has always been an issue, but with a reported $300 million on the table, the two parties might find common ground.
For the sake of the sport and its loyal fans, I hope that they will be able to get past their egos and give sports fans everywhere, the fight that they deserve.