Everyone had their own reaction to Manny Pacquiao getting knocked out by Juan Manuel Marquez on Saturday night. Some people believed that Pacquaio was done. Others assumed that Marquez would experience a career resurgence. The one thing that seemingly everyone agreed on, though, was that the end result of that bout meant the death of a potential Pacquiao vs. Floyd Mayweather Jr. showdown.
People have been salivating over the prospect of Pacquiao vs. Mayweather for years now, and one or the other no longer being at their top of their game has zero impact on that. Names and brands move the meter when it comes to fights – not substance. The truth of the matter is, if Pacquiao and Mayweather had fought this weekend, their match would have been far less impressive than it would have been two years ago. Both guys have been slipping for a while now, and yet, hype surrounding a potential Super Fight was crazier than ever over the last few months.
Some have suggested that even though Pacquiao vs. Mayweather could technically still happen, it wouldn’t be the cash cow that it otherwise would have been. Really? Do you know anyone who wouldn’t order that fight? Again, the names on the card would sell the match – not the quality of the fighters.
From a substance standpoint, Mayweather vs. ‘Canelo’ Alvarez has been a better potential fight idea for at least a year now. Do you know of any mainstream (non-diehard) fans who prior to this past Saturday were clamoring for that over Pacquiao vs. Mayweather? Of course not.
The Dream Match isn’t dead. It’s just a question of whether Pacquiao can still pique Mayweather’s interest at this point.
“I wish Pacquiao nothing but the best. I wish that he can bounce back and he can recoup from this. In the sport of boxing, you have to really dedicate yourself to your craft. You have to really, really dedicate yourself to your craft,” Mayweather told FightHype after Pacquiao’s loss.
“I think he’s got so many different things on the outside that he worries about, you know. But it was a good thing that he was able to come into the sport, you know, piggyback off my name, and get a bunch of endorsement deals and make a good living. That’s a great thing.”
When pressed on whether he would fight his arch rival, Mayweather refused to commit.
“Pacquiao’s focus should be trying to take a vacation, get his mind right, and get a few tune-up fights so he can bounce back,” he said. “I’m not here to talk bad about Pacquiao. I feel bad for him, honestly. I really feel bad for him. There’s a difference in the ways you can get knocked out.
"See, when a guy gets knocked out and he can get up, they sit him on his stool, they rub his back, he go home and ice himself, you know, he go to the hospital and get checked out and he’s okay, that’s one thing. But when you gotta wake a guy up with smelling salt and he got a concussion and he gotta go to the hospital overnight, that’s crucial. I mean, that’s close to the death.”
If anything, Pacquiao vs. Mayweather is more desirable now because it can be billed as a comeback fight for the Filipino superstar.
Will it happen? Who knows. Does this weekend’s fight ensure that it won’t? Absolutely not.