Manny Pacquiao vs. Floyd Mayweather Jr. Speculation Gets New Life

| by Alex Groberman

Don’t block out those dreams of a Manny Pacquiao versus Floyd Mayweather Jr. main event just yet.

It’s been nearly two years since the idea that a Pacquiao vs. Mayweather showdown being inevitable was introduced to the world. Sure things look bad now, the pundits said, but there is too much money and pride at stake for a fight to never happen. It’ll go down sooner rather than later, they told us.

Well, it’s later – and nothing has gone down.

Time to forget about a potential superfight, right?

Maybe not.

According to Pacquiao’s trainer, Freddie Roach, a showdown between two of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the sport shouldn’t be deemed out of the question just yet. In fact, he went so far as to suggest that there is still time for the pair to make a trilogy out of it.

During a recent interview with the Philippine Star, Roach had this to say.

“You know, obviously, everyone wants Mayweather,” said Roach. “Of course, we’re all getting a little tired of hearing his name because he doesn’t want to fight Manny. But hopefully, that fight will happen. That fight is so interesting, it could end up being a trilogy. Actually, it could be the last three fights for Manny, if the fight goes as we see it because they’re both very, very good fighters so it’s a fight we want.

“There’s nobody out there for Manny anymore,” he added. “Manny might just end up fighting Mayweather after all.”

A trilogy? Talk about optimism. The truth is, of course, as unrealistic as the prospect of one, much less three fights between these divas being set up at this point is, it shouldn’t be ruled out of the question. Anything can happen in boxing, and Mayweather’s recent problems generating big PPV numbers may leave him with limited options for the future.

Plus, when Roach says something, folks would be wise to listen to it. More often that not, the far-fetched things he throws out there have a certain knack for coming true.

In the same interview, Roach talked about Mayweather’s current standing after his victory over Victor Ortiz. Specifically, the controversial manner in which he got it.

“I remember Victor sparring with Manny and they went at each other for two days until we stopped it because Ortiz was like 20 or 30 pounds heavier,” said Roach.

“I thought he had a good fight plan against Mayweather. He wanted to rough him up and get Mayweather’s corner all riled up like in the Zab Judah fight. After he butted Mayweather, Ortiz didn’t stop apologizing. On his third apology, Mayweather whacked him. I probably would’ve done the same although the referee (Joe Cortez) gave no signal to box. You’ve got to protect yourself at all times in the ring. Maybe, Ortiz should’ve butted Mayweather some more. If Manny fought Mayweather instead of Ortiz, he wouldn’t resort to those tactics. He wouldn’t have to.”

For now, Pacquiao will keep his mind focused on what lays directly ahead – a third and final showdown with longtime rival Juan Manuel Marquez.

Still, in the face of what promises to be a dull fight, it’s nice to know that the prospect of an epic match-up isn’t completely off the table.