Nobody knows whether Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. will ever fight or not. After four years of negotiations, a ton of false promises and one legal battle, nothing can be taken off the table. These two are way too temperamental and impressionable for anyone to definitively predict what the future holds.
That being said, given how much failure we have seen from both sides to date, obviously the smart money is on this bout never actually materializing.
A few months back, 50 Cent was viewed as a key to possibly putting this dream match together. At the time he and Mayweather were hilariously close friends, and Pacquiao (plus various members of his team) seemed to like the Queens rapper. For a while there, it seemed like both sides had a credible middleman who could negotiate on everybody’s behalf for the greater good of boxing.
But then he and Mayweather had that ridiculous public breakup and 50’s status as an insider completely vanished.
Of course, because 50 is 50, him having no inside information whatsoever won’t prevent him from pretending to be an expert. During a recent interview with ESPN, the G-Unit head honcho said that he didn’t believe that a Pacquiao-Mayweather super fight would ever be made.
“The Manny fight, I think it was blown up so big, it popped. Will it ever happen? At one point, before Floyd went to jail, he was willing to make it, but money issues [prevented it],” he said.
“I don't think it happens now. I think Floyd is concerned with just hanging on. His brand is so big he could be fighting anybody. He could fight me if I could make the weight. People tune in to see the event, not for the excitement of the matchup."
Right. Which is exactly why that sentiment makes no sense. If people wanted a legitimate battle, then they wouldn’t be clamoring for Pacquiao-Mayweather. Both men are over-the-hill and not as good as they used to be. The reason fans want this bout, still, is because ‘people tune in to see the event, not for the excitement of the matchup’.
Over the past few weeks 50 has been on a boxing media tour, so writers from all over have been praising him as some sort of Sweet Science kingmaker of the future. Maybe he is – but he doesn't carry any sway right now. All he is at this point is a guy who used his relationship with Mayweather to jump into the boxing game, and then he pretty much just stabbed the undefeated champ in the back for no reason.
50 Cent doesn’t think Pacquiao and Mayweather will ever fight? Cool. That should mean a whole lot of nothing to boxing fans.