You know that dream fight between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather that was set for 2010, then 2011 and then 2012? Well, now it’s definitely a go…in 2013.
Everyone seems to agree that Pacquiao v. Mayweather is all but a foregone conclusion. There is too much at stake, financially and otherwise, for either fighter to pass up the opportunity to get into the ring and do battle against the other. The back-and-forth squabbling between camps, well, according to most of the higher-level folks involved, is more for show than anything else.
The problem is, though, that nobody seems to actually know when this apparently inevitable bout will go down. Floyd’s uncle, Jeff Mayweather, recently spoke to FightHype and had this to say on the matter:
"I think he [Mayweather] will be fighting another couple of years," Jeff Mayweather said. "I think that's being realistic because I think the fight that's out there will take that long to materialize."
For all of the non-math majors: 2011 + a couple of years equals 2013. This is a far cry from the announcement that Pacquiao made last week, saying that he would fight his undefeated counterpart in 2012. It also goes against Floyd’s alleged schedule of fury which specified that he would brawl with Victor Ortiz, Pacquiao and Amir Khan over the course of the next year to establish himself as the sport’s top-ranked pound-for-pound star.
And then, of course, there was the always-fascinating Bob Arum, who said that there were no real problems left to iron out between his boy and Floyd; thus ensuring that a match between the two should happen sooner rather than later.
So, what’s with all of these random, diverse projections of a possible fight date? Well, the problem is all of the variables involved. For one, you still have the one stickler of a performance-enhancing drug (PED) concern, where Pacquiao appears to be reluctant to allow the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) do the testing for a potential Mayweather fight. Two, you still have Mayweather’s camp mumbling and bumbling something about wanting their Filipino counterpart to train in America, not the Philippines – you know, where he lives. And finally, there’s Khan. Khan is the promising young fighter eager to establish himself as one of the sport’s elite against Mayweather, and he may not have the patience or desire to wait until Floyd takes on Pacquiao.
Then, when you factor in how far removed Jeff Mayweather is from the actual negotiations side of things, you see why so many dates are being flung around.
At this point, it’s probably safe to take the Bob Arum business philosophy and apply it here. Everything that you believe to be true one day in regards to a possible Mayweather v. Pacquiao dream fight, assume it’s a lie tomorrow.