Maybe common sense won’t win out.
For over a year now, boxing aficionados all over the world have held out hope. The long-standing belief among Manny Pacquiao fans, Floyd Mayweather fans and anyone whojust enjoys watching two guys pummel one another in a square-shaped ring was that at some point, the two aforementioned fighters would come to their senses.
That they would ultimately realize the sums of money at stake and the ramifications for both of their legacies was far too great for them to not deliver the one and only match that anyone wants to see.
Unfortunately, Pacquiao’s trainer Freddie Roach doesn’t seem to share that same positive outlook. Speaking with MLive, the man who has famously lined up beside his Filipino champion time after time had this to say on the matter:
"I don't think Mayweather will ever fight Manny Pacquiao,” Roach told MLive Thursday at Wild Card Boxing Club.
"They have a better chance of getting Mayweather into the ring than Manny,” Roach said. "If the fight (Mayweather-Pacquiao) was going to happen, it would've happened already."
Ouch. The worst part is that Roach’s comments are probably right. It should not have taken this long to make a fight -- originally discussed over a year and a half ago -- into a reality. If Mayweather truly wanted Pacquiao like he insists he does, he would have loosened up his testing requirements. And by the same token, if the Filipino superstar wanted to become the first man to put a tally in the “L” column of Mayweather’s record, he could have agreed to the aforementioned strict testing requirements.
Maybe, despite all of the posturing by both of these guys, neither one really wants to fight the other. Perhaps there is a certain inherent fear that has grown in both of these fighters during their non-stop back-and-forth jabbering and bum-of-the-month winning streaks, and now neither one wants to step up to the plate and actually back up their big talk with their fists.
In the same interview, Roach also discussed the chances that Mayweather would opt to fight Khan. He also praised Mayweather’s next opponent, Victor Ortiz, before ultimately admitting that Floyd would probably be too much for him to handle.
At the end of the day, though, nobody cares about Ortiz. Nobody cares about Pacquiao’s next opponent, Juan Manuel Marquez – an over-the-hill punching bag awaiting his inevitable beat down. The public only thirsts for one match and,if Roach is right, it’s a thirst that won’t be quenched any time soon.