Anyone who doubts that Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. may still fight before it’s all said and done simply isn’t paying attention. There is a huge difference between matches put together for boxing reasons and ones put together for hype reasons, but both still get put together. A bout which is great on the merits that nobody actually wants to see likely won’t get made. A bout that doesn’t make much sense, but that everyone is clamoring for, more often than not will get made at some point.
It goes without saying that a super fight between Pacquiao and Mayweather two years ago would have been every fan’s dream. It would have pitted conflicting styles, ideologies, attitudes and fan bases against one another in a battle for the ages. It would have settled the debate regarding who boxing’s true pound-for-pound king was, once and for all. Alas, it never actually materialized. And now, with both Mayweather and Pacquiao at varying levels of decline, it will never be what it once could have been.
That being said, there is still a very real chance that it might still happen at some point. When Mayweather feels like he needs a big draw, and when Pacquiao feels like he needs one more sizable pay day, these two will figure something out. Bank on it.
During a recent interview with ESPN, Mayweather once again found a way to take a little shot at his old rival. When pressed about a prospective match down the line, here is what the undefeated champ had to say: “First Manny Pacquiao has to get past Marquez, a guy that I beat with ease.
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“I mean, that was one of my easiest fights. Manny Pacquiao still has Timothy Bradley problems. He still has Marquez problems. First, Manny Pacquiao has to get past those guys, and then he can step into the lion’s den with Floyd Mayweather.”
“I don’t think the fight really holds that much weight anymore,” Mayweather added. “At one particular time, I wanted the fight to happen. In the past, I wanted to fight Many Pacquiao.”
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A simple ‘no’ to Jay Crawford’s inquiry would have done the trick, but there is a reason why Mayweather continued to twist the knife. He wanted people to discuss his response after the fact.
Pacquiao and Mayweather may never fight. The timing might be off. The money could be difficult to put together. Whatever other constraints exist – they might prevent this thing from going down. But the reason why both men keep mentioning it isn’t simply because they’re asked about it. It’s because they want to keep the door open.
Never say never.