Manny Pacquiao Plays Up Floyd Mayweather Rivalry for Attention
Manny Pacquiao has fought a lot more often than Floyd Mayweather Jr. in recent times. Because the latter has been taking one fight per year since 2009 and the former has consistently fought twice, Pacquiao always had plenty of material to promote his fights with. Mayweather didn't, and that's why he often name-dropped Pacquiao. When doing press for his next bout, he could always just cite the previous two or so that he had participated in and let his track record sell the upcoming match for him.
This year, the roles have reversed. Mayweather is fighting twice, and Pacquiao is fighting only once. Moreover, since Pacquiao’s last two fights have concluded with the other guy getting his hand raised, he doesn’t have all that much to talk about. Thus far, he’s given Brandon Rios a marginal amount of credit for being aggressive – and that’s pretty much it.
That lack of material is probably why the Filipino star is turning to a proven method of stealing headlines in boxing: discussing a potential Mayweather-Pacquiao super fight.
Since 2009, Pacquiao and Mayweather have lobbed shots at one another on a fairly consistent basis. Because of that, it’s never particularly difficult for either one to target something the other said, highlight it and then create a whole new issue out of it.
Case in point:
Bottom line: this is a non-issue. Putting aside the fact that there is a very good chance these two guys will fight in 2014, because there is, what’s going on now is nothing more than showmanship. Pacquiao has to take on Rios in November; Mayweather is taking on Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez in September. If both prevail then, sure, they can talk about a showdown and actually mean it. But until then it’s all just promotional noise.