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Millions of boxing fans, including myself have been waiting for a Pacquiao vs. Mayweather fight for nearly three years now. However, the fight has been blocked at every single turn due to politics from both camps. In a further slap to the face to boxing fans, it has recently come out that the Mayweather and Pacquiao had nearly come to an agreement in March 2010.
Golden Boy Promotions had pitched the contract to Top Rank Boxing. The contract included a 50-50 financial split between both fighters. The contract included nonsensical stipulations. For instance, there was an agreement that Manny Pacquiao would step onto the scale first at the pre-fight weigh-in and would be allowed to walk in the ring first. On the other hand, Floyd Mayweather would be introduced first and had the first choice in terms of the backstage locker room. The contract was eight pages in length, but the deal fell through.
Instead, Pacquiao has a fight next week on June 9th against the undefeated Timothy Bradley. Pacquiao must win the fight next week or we can all forget about a Mayweather vs. Pacquiao fight at all. Meanwhile, Mayweather is off to the confines of a local prison for three months.
The current state of boxing makes it absolutely imperative for there to be a Pacquiao vs. Mayweather fight.
Boxing has become all about money now. It seems as if the build-up and the payday going into the fight have just become as significant as the fight itself. The perfect poster-boy for the decline of boxing is David Haye. David Haye did a phenomenal job trash talking and building up the fight between himself and Wladimir Klitschko last year. Unfortunately, I was one of the foolish ones that brought into the hype. Haye trash-talked his way to a 50-50 financial split in spite of the fact that his accomplishments pale in comparison to Klitschko’s. When it came to fighting, David Haye did a lot of ducking and weaving, but no punching. Klitschko beat him soundly.
Timothy Bradley recently declined a fight with Amir Khan because the money was not enough. Yet, Bradley would have received $1,000,000 if he had decided to fight Amir Khan. What a tragedy.
However, Amir Khan has been known for making outrageous demands himself.
To make matters worse, some boxers believe that they can cheat their way to success. Lamont Peterson beat Amir Khan by split decision for the WBA and IBF Light Heavyweight Titles. There was a rematch between the two fighters scheduled for May 19th. However, Peterson tested positive for synthetic testosterone, a banned substance. The fight was cancelled.
The customer is always right. This adage holds true in life as well as sports. Right now, the customer is being tired of being bamboozled and misled. The customer is tired of being led astray.
The reason for why it is essential for boxing to have a fight between Pacquiao vs. Mayweather is pretty simple. It is the only possible fight that is keeping boxing socially relevant. It is safe to say that MMA has boxing wrapped in a proverbial chokehold. If the Pacquiao vs. Mayweather does not happen, the sport of boxing has no choice but to tap out to MMA.
Therefore, it would behove Pacquiao to defeat the undefeated Timothy Bradley next week on PPV. Otherwise, this dream fight would lose a great deal of hype. It would behove the camps of Pacquiao and Mayweather to cut the nonsensical politics and games. They need to come to an agreement for the sake of boxing.