The greatest fight to never happen may or may not go down at some point within the next 16 months. As numerous sources have mentioned on multiple occasions, the stars are lining up perfectly for a showdown between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. within the next year and change. However, despite the fact that this match-up makes all the sense in the world to put together, all involved are being very hush hush about the whole thing.
During a recent interview with the good folks at World Boxing News, Pacquiao’s advisor, Michael Koncz, explicitly stated that he does “not see the fight between Floyd and Manny happening.” To hear him say it, the camp is “focused on the November 24 fight with Rios and nothing else.”
While unwavering focus in the lead-up to a fight is an admirable trait, it’s doubtful that Pacquiao’s team isn’t looking past Rios at least a bit. They specifically chose him because they know that their guy needs a win, and odds makers responded immediately by installing the Filipino star as a 3-to-1 favorite. The short-term goal is beating Rios, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t an endgame in mind.
Mayweather, much to the shock of everyone, agreed to fight Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez this week. While the news caught everyone off guard, it doesn’t much change the fact that, win or lose, he’ll need more big name opponents after this. It’s very likely that the reason he chose Alvarez is because rumors of his bout against Robert Guerrero underperforming in PPV sales are true, and he needs to get back to selling out events the old fashion way – with good fights against legitimate, recognizable foes.
Because of how often talks have fallen apart, nobody will come right out and admit that Pacquiao-Mayweather is still a very realistic, very feasible bout. That doesn’t change the fact that it is, though. And the fact that folks are still asking Koncz to talk about it is exactly why this match-up will be a big deal right up until Pacquiao and Mayweather retire.