Skeptics will argue that Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather will never agree to a super fight, and based on past history you can’t really blame their dubiousness. That being said, to simply dismiss the fact that circumstances are lining up perfectly for a bout between the two at some point within the next 16 months is almost as bad as ignoring their godforsaken past.
Pacquiao is currently coming off a two consecutive losses. Mayweather is riding a 44-fight winning streak. As it stands, from a distance at least, the two have no business being mentioned in the same sentence.
If you dig a little deeper, though, you’ll notice that one of Pacquiao’s two losses should have been a win (the Timothy Bradley bout). If all was right in the world, he’d be coming off just one loss right now. And would anyone really make the case that one loss disqualifies fighters from taking on Mayweather? Because if so, last weekend’s showdown shouldn’t have happened.
Mayweather is currently signed to a massive Showtime deal that mandates him to fight twice per year. If you list out all of the legitimate foes out there right now, there aren’t enough to fill four bouts. The popular rumor right now is that he’ll take on Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez in September. However, why would he risk a loss against the only person in the sport right now even moderately on his level when he can just take an easier match for the same money? Answer: He wouldn’t.
That’s where Pacquiao comes in. If the Filipino star can get past Brandon Rios, which is a big if, he would be a perfect high-profile opponent with whom Mayweather could tangle with en route to massive pay-per-view totals. The ideal plan of action for Mayweather would be: Delay the Alvarez fight by one, sort of like he did on this last go-round when he took the Guerrero fight. Then, early in 2014, take the Pacquiao fight.
Pacquiao would be coming off what would have to be a memorable victory over Rios, and the name value alone would turn it into the biggest event in boxing history.
The super fight myth is that Mayweather won’t fight Pacquiao because they’re not on the same level anymore. Right. If anything, that’s just an incentive for the undefeated star to make this thing happen.