Understandably, a lot of people don’t believe that we’ll ever see a showdown between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. After three years of speculation, back-and-forth jibber-jabber and a lot of empty promises, we’re no closer to a Dream Match now than we were at any point prior.
That said, there are some reasons for optimism if you really want to see them. There are certain little signs, if you look hard enough, that may lead you to believe that there is at least some shot of this thing happening.
For starters, both Pacquiao and Mayweather are in decline. That doesn't sound like a good thing, but it is. (For fans.)
Pacquiao clearly deserved to win his June 9 showdown versus Timothy Bradley, and it’s travesty that two incompetent judges robbed him of that victory. But, it’s also worth noting, the Filipino champ should have been able to knock Bradley out. Busted up feet, wobbling all over the place – Bradley was practically begging to get dropped. The fact that Pacquiao couldn’t do it says something.
Mayweather, for his part, has been no better as of late. He beat Victor Ortiz via sucker punch last September and then picked up a very hard-earned victory win over Miguel Cotto this past May. In the case of the Cotto fight, Mayweather took control late, but for the first six to eight rounds Cotto definitely looked like he had a shot.
When we talk about any other fighter, a win is a win; but Mayweather is held to a different standard. We don’t just look at whether he won, we look at how he won.
Another factor that may ultimately lead Pacquiao and Mayweather straight into a Dream Match is the lack of quality opponents out there for each one.
As it stands, Pacquiao is currently mulling either a rematch versus Bradley or a fourth bout against Juan Manuel Marquez for his next fight. To say that both prospective showdowns aren’t evoking enthusiasm from boxing fans would be an understatement.
Mayweather doesn’t have anyone to fight either. Amir Khan was always mentioned as a possible opponent for him down the line, but obviously that’s out of the question now. As Pacquiao and Mayweather get older and realize that they have precious few fights to waste on bad rematches and showdowns versus nobodies, they may come to the realization that they need each other.
Finally, there are various reports floating around that Mayweather may end up letting 50 Cent handle his promoting from here on out. Once you get past the sheer hilarity of that, you have to remember that 50 prides himself on being a business man. If his money is somehow attached to how much money Mayweather brings in, it wouldn’t be all that shocking to see him start clamoring for a Pacquiao fight.
And as if on cue, check out this report from the Manila Standard:
Pacquiao spoke briefly to the Manila Standard after he was inducted as president of the Manila Rotary Club District 101, succeeding Liza Elorde, wife of boxing promoter Johnny Elorde, in ceremonies at the Sofitel Hotel Tuesday evening.
Pacquiao said he was happy about the “good news” that quiet, behind-the-scene negotiations were going on for a showdown with Mayweather sometime next year.
“That’s good, because this is what the people have been waiting for. But as of now, I haven’t spoken to Bob Arum regarding a Mayweather fight,” Pacquiao said.
They say that as you get older you also get wiser. Will Pacquiao and Mayweather finally wise up as it pertains to a Dream Match? We’ll find out within the next year.