Floyd Mayweather, Jr. (41-0, 25 KOs) and Manny Pacquiao (52-3-2, 38 KOs) are constantly in the news for their highly anticipated megafight, but it never actually materializes. Will 2011 be the year we see the so-called "Super Fight?"
Pacquiao trainer Freddie Roach has been publicly adamant about his beliefs that this fight won't happen, period. He is convinced Mayweather just doesn't want to risk the loss. Roach's prized pupil Pacquiao has been pushing off his next fight with eyes toward being a better congressman in the Phillipines. He may only fight twice in 2011, and after "Sugar" Shane Mosley (46-6-1, 39 KOs) there are plenty of people waiting in line to face Pacquiao -- if Floyd can't.
Speculation runs rampant as to why this fight is needed in boxing and how this is the only fight that could save the sport. Too few analysts consider the what ifs that may arise after this fight happens. If it happens too soon or at all disappoints, it could be the last match some hard core fans of the sport will pay money to see.
People outside the sport will watch it, too, so if it's not spectacular it will save nothing. The problem is the fight ends after 12 rounds. What then? What if the fight itself doesn't live up to the hype? What if there are no other fights quite like this to look forward to anymore? How does one fight save boxing then?
2011 will be a year in which Floyd Mayweather, Jr. faces the Las Vegas justice system to account for his actions in 2010. He is a frustrated, egotistical, vastly wealthy punk, and he treats the sport lately like his own personal piggy bank, breaking into it every now and then to get more money. His latest behavior, which crossed the legal line enough to get him charged in the criminal courts, smacks of Mike Tyson's fall from grace. Though Mayweather's misdeeds weren't as vicious as rape, they came close. Mayweather's brush with the law might even be said to be even more despicable than Tyson's considering the allegations of what Mayweather said to his own children.
There is also a civil case in the Nevada courts regarding defamatory remarks allegedly made by the Mayweather Camp against Pacquiao and his handlers. Talk of steroids and "power pellets" permeate that case, and the docket is busy in that proceeding. It is a breweing battle between Pacquiao and Mayweather as well as Golden Boy and Top Rank, and it's by no means the only one. These bitter disputes involving lawyers and contracts and testing procedures are complicated. Barring a miracle settlement, 2011 won't see them resolved and ready for promoting a Pacquiao v. Mayweather fight.
For now, boxing will have to look for someone else to save the sport, if it really does need to be saved. 2011 should feature it's fair share of great fights without these two legends meeting, and boxing will save itself in the long run.