Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. don’t want to fight each other in 2013. In fact, there is a reasonable case to be made for them not wanting to fight each other ever. Despite being given ample opportunity to put a bout together over the past three years, this dynamic duo has consistently found a way not to do it.
At this point, it’s all but a proven scientific fact that Pacquiao and Mayweather will attempt to duck each other -- while shirking blame for doing so -- until the end of times. Fortunately, fate may intervene.
Earlier this week Juan Manuel Marquez stunned the boxing community when he announced that he wouldn’t fight Pacquiao in September 2013 like everyone figured he would. A few days later Mayweather announced on Twitter that Devon Alexander, not Robert Guerrero, would likely be his next foe. What do those two developments mean? They mean that neither Mayweather nor Pacquiao will participate in the big money matches folks originally expected to see them in this year. And it means that both will have to find a way to compensate for that lost income as 2013 progresses.
What would be the most logical way for all involved to hit the jackpot in light of the Marquez and Alexander news?
A super fight, obviously.
Of course, there are a lot of variables at work here. It could very well be that Mayweather is just leveraging the threat of fighting Alexander in an effort to get better terms for a Guerrero fight. Moreover, neither Bob Arum nor Freddie Roach seem to believe that Marquez is really going to refuse to take on Pacquiao when it’s all said and done.
“His (Marquez) idea of negotiations,” Arum told Boxing Scene recently, regarding Marquez’s latest comments.
Freddie Roach echoed that sentiment.
"What other fight for him is out there? Is he going to fight Mayweather again? Can he beat Mayweather? He got killed by Mayweather.Sso what's the biggest fight out there? Can he fight the young guys coming up? He'll negotiate when it gets closer, I'm not worried about that. He really doesn't have anything else. Bradley and all of those other guys out there, he's not going to make the money that he would for Pacquiao
"The thing is, he won the fight so he's going to get more money. I think that this fight, because the fourth one was so exciting, this is bigger than Mayweather-Pacquiao right now. The third fight was boring, so not that many people were interested in the fourth. But the fourth fight may been the best one [in the series], both ways. It was back and forth, both guys were on the deck. In this one, both of them will make a lot of money. I'm not worried about negotiations, Bob Arum will do his job."
If Marquez and Mayweather are just playing games right now, then it is what it is. Both Pacquiao-Marquez and Mayweather-Guerrero will come together, and Pacquiao-Mayweather will not. If Marquez is serious, though, and if Mayweather is really going to fight Alexander next, then the idea of a dream match in late 2013 isn’t as crazy as it sounds.