Ever since Manny Pacquiao joined Floyd Mayweather as the only people (at that time) to have beaten Ricky Hatton, there has been huge public pressure for the pound for pound number 1 and 2 ranked fighters to meet in the ring.
There have been several excuses from both camps for the fight not to have materialized over the past 6 years including drug testing disagreements and arguments about the purse split. The failure to make the fight happen was named as ‘Ring magazines event of the year’ back in 2010.
Just last year the fight looked like it may never happen with Manny losing a controversial fight to Timothy Bradley and then being stopped by Marquez in their fourth meeting. But with 3 wins including the rematch with Bradley and the impressive shut-out win over Brandon Rios along with Floyd’s vulnerability for a fast pace being highlighted in his recent fights with Marcus Maidana, the calls are now louder than ever for the super-fight to happen.
With Floyd at 36 years old and Manny at 35 this looks to be the last opportunity to cash in on a fight which will no doubt break pay per view records worldwide and have the biggest purse in sporting history. Both fighters would likely cash in with over $100m each with any realistic split.
Pacquiao has taken to social media to try and taunt Floyd into the ring and has even appeared in a controversial Footlocker commercial where he claims the fight would be ‘giving the people what they want’.
Twitter and Facebook have come to life with the hash-tags #fightpacquiao and #TBEthebestexcuses to share their frustration with Mayweather and let him know that the boxing fans are fed up of excuses and deserve to see the big fight.
Floyd has 2 fights remaining in his current deal with Showtime so this looks like the likely platform should the fight take place.
Floyd is currently undefeated with a record of 47-0 and is a 5 weight world champion.
Manny’s record is 57-5-2 and is a current record holder as a 10 time 8 weight world champion.
With negotiations rumored to be taking place between the 2 camps, a major announcement on the subject can be expected as early as late December. Many think that Floyd’s rare silence on the situation is an indication that the proceeds are underway and that a positive outcome is likely.
As a boxing fan, I can only hope so.