Manny Pacquiao will fight Juan Manuel Marquez at some point later this year. Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s next bout will be against Robert Guerrero in May, and then he will probably fight Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez at the end of 2013. Even if these two guys wanted to square off within the next nine months, they wouldn’t be able to do so.
Despite the logistical problems involved with putting Pacquiao-Mayweather together, talk of the bout never stops. For as long as these guys are active, whispers regarding a possible super fight will persist. If they retire without ever squaring off, that fact won’t go unrecorded in the history books.
During a recent interview with Kevin McRae of Bleacher Report, Freddie Roach made it clear that he and Pacquiao have not yet closed the door on the prospect of taking on Mayweather at some point.
"We can set some traps for Mayweather that'll give him a lot of difficulty and I think he knows that. I welcome that fight and would love the challenge and I'm sure Manny would also," Roach said.
This isn’t the first time someone from Pacquiao’s team has expressed interest in fighting Mayweather. A few weeks ago, Jeff Mayweather, Floyd’s uncle, relayed this story: "They know that if it doesn't happen now it won't be worth anything. I got text messages from his advisor so it's a situation where I will talk to Floyd to see if that fight can potentially be made," he said.
"They don't have a position so they would either need to take what was offered or there wouldn't be a fight," he added. "More than likely it would probably be Dubai, there is a whole load more money in Dubai so the chances are it would probably be there."
Mayweather, for his part, said at one point that he would consider fighting Pacquiao if the Filipino star could avenge his defeats to Timothy Bradley and Marquez.
It appears as though both Pacquiao and Mayweather are too booked to meet anytime soon, but that actually isn’t completely true. Although it’s the general consensus that Mayweather will fight Canelo late this year, he may opt to skip that fight. At 22, Canelo is a real threat. It would make far more sense for Mayweather to take on someone like Pacquiao first, load up on the big money that accompanies that bout, and then fight Canelo. After all, Pacquiao has a small window of time remaining in boxing – Canelo is going to be around for the next decade.