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Mayweather vs. Pacquiao now HAS to happen

I won’t go in to great detail and write a fight report on last night’s clash between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Shane Mosley as I’m sure that most of you have already seen the fight or read a report.

However, it is necessary to say that Floyd was in imperious form on his way to a rout over a future hall of famer. Mayweather won by scores of 119-109 (twice) and 118-110 and for once in Las Vegas, the judges were spot on. It could all have been very different as Mosley landed a huge overhand right to Mayweather’s temple that had him all over the place in the second round. His supreme conditioning kept him from touching down for the first time in his career but his legs had gone. Mosley was unable to find another punch and after the bell sounded to end the second, it was plain sailing for Mayweather.

Floyd was much more aggressive than usual as he looked to make a statement to the fans and he looked surprisingly comfortable boxing in this unfamiliar fashion. His hand speed was just too much for Mosley and he landed jabs and straight rights all night long on his way to a phenomenally accurate 208 of 477 landing ratio. In truth, he made Mosley, by no means an average fighter, look amateurish. Sugar Shane cut a frustrated figure looking like a child trying to solve a Rubik’s Cube. It was one of the best performances I have ever seen in a ring. After Manny Pacquiao won his ‘semi-final’ against Joshua Clottey in March, Mayweather had done his job.

After the fight, HBO stalwart Larry Merchant climbed in to the ring to interview Mayweather and talk quickly turned to a potential fight with Filipino megastar Manny Pacquiao.

The boxing world is divided when it comes to the issue of who is the best fighter in the sport today with some bestowing the honour upon Pacquiao and many others, like me, claiming it is Mayweather. There were efforts in December last year to make the fight and everything seemed to be going smoothly. A venue was reputedly agreed, as were the fighter’s purses but then an unexpected spanner was thrown in to the works: drug testing. After last night’s fight, Mayweather told Merchant that Manny Pacquiao knows where to find him but was adamant that a fight will not happen unless blood tests are taken as he wants a ‘level playing field.’

I have been watching boxing for many years now and never have I heard of this issue preventing a fight being made, but there’s a first time for everything. I won’t give you chapter and verse on what is wrong with boxing’s antiquated drug testing procedures, but Mayweather claims that simple urine tests are not sufficient in this day and age of advanced drugs that cannot be detected in urine. He therefore pushed for USADA rules which would involve several blood tests. Interestingly, such procedures were followed for last night’s fight. Pacquiao and his camp took this as an accusation of drug taking and they are currently suing the Mayweather camp for defamation. They say their man is clean and that they will not do anything just because Mayweather says he wants it done. They remain firm that they will follow the rules as set out by the relevant athletic commission. I can see both sides of the coin here but please, please sort it out and let’s have a fight to decide once and for all who is the greatest in the sport.

The fight has to be made for several reasons, which I have outlined below: 

  • In boxing, money talks. Surely a Mayweather-Pacquiao match-up would do 2.5 million buys in the States and allow HBO to sell the pictures on all over the globe. The venue would no doubt sell out too. In other words, everyone from the fighters to Bob Arum to HBO to the venue would make a fortune.
  • Boxing is not exactly top of the sporting agenda at the moment. Even in the world of contact sports, other organisations such as Pride and UFC have come in and taken market share from boxing. Boxing has only had itself to blame for this and a big reason has been a lack of genuine marquee fights. Mayweather-Pacquiao would help put boxing back on the map on a global scale.
  • Legacies. Both fighters are assured of places in Canastota (the Hall of Fame) but you cannot help but think that if the fight never happens, people will ask for the rest of time ‘what if?’ The winner of a Mayweather-Pacquiao fight would really have a strong claim to be considered the best ever.
  • For the fans. For many years now, loyal fans have shelled out for less than stellar fights like Mayweather-Baldomir and Pacquiao-Clottey and they deserve to see the best fight out there.

 So to Top Rank and Mayweather promotions, please sort out the drug testing issue and let’s see the fight everybody wants. Let’s find out who is really the best because two guys claiming they are the best just ain’t right!

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  1. May 3, 2010 at 2:39 pm

    I hate getting in to comparing fighters from different eras as I think a lot of people look at the past through rose tinted spectacles. They never talk about the lack of professionalism in Robinson’s day, Ali getting beaten by Norton and Smoking Joe being annihilated by Big George Foreman. Modern day fighters seem to be viewed much more critically and I have never bought in to the argument of Mayweather ducking people. Who exactly has he ducked? Paul Williams I keep reading. The last time I checked Pacquiao ain’t keen on fighting him either. By the way John, I know you are not one of the Mayweather is a ducker critics.

    I actually think Mayweather would beat Pacquiao 95 times out of 100. He’s simply a much better fighter and Manny struggles with good counter-punchers.

    When it comes to Pacquiao, I have to say, I think to a certain degree he is a myth.

    He has fought people constantly on his terms. The hype with him only really started after he beat Oscar. Why didn’t he step up to light-middleweight to fight Oscar at his weight like Mayweather did? Oscar was dead at welter having not fought there in about 8 years. He should have never agreed to it. People do not mention this. Hatton was finished when Pacquiao fought him and over-rated anyway. Mayweather did for Hatton. In his next fight against Juan Lazcano, a blown up lightweight who is not a known puncher, Hatton was getting hurt. His punch resistance had gone. The Cotto fight, I think we have to give Manny full credit for but that’s the only one that excited me.

    Pacquiao was lucky to get a draw against Marquez first time round and to get a win second time round. Again, people don’t talk about this.

    For me, and I have said this since Floyd whooped Gatti in ’05, Mayweather is in a league of his own in the sport at the moment and I think deep down, Pacquiao and Roach know it.

    I know what you mean about megafights though so hopefully this will happen. Pacquiao will get credit as he’s beaten Morales twice, Barrera twice and Marquezbut I feel for Floyd. He’s a bit like Roy Jones in his prime – too good for his own good. He makes other really good fighters look ordinary and so people say ‘that guy was never on Floyd’s level.’

    People need to stop giving Floyd such a hard time and make the most of something special whilst he is still here.

  2. John Platt
    May 3, 2010 at 2:23 pm

    In the heated debate of best P4P I think we have 2 fighters on our hands who have the potential to go down as the greatest not just of this era, but any era.

    The major reason that messers Ali, Robinson, Hagler, Fraiser et al fall into that category is because they were all involved in ‘mega fights’in their day that not only provide substance to the claims at the time that XYZ is the best by beating their peers, but have also shaped the history of the sport as well as touching on politics, social

    I have the utmost respect for both these fighters & ultimately they can only beat what is put in front of them (& with a list of victims including Hall of Famers – Marquez, Cotto, Mosely, Morales, ODH its hardly slim pickings!)but Ali is not remember for destroying Joe Bugner, Sugar Ray Leonard not revered for taking apart Dave Green – it’s the career defying brawls, its the ‘match up of the decade’ which secures your legacy & for me it’s time for these 2 to seal their fate.

    * To share my own opinion, the smart Money(pardon the pun) would be on Prettry Boy to take another unanimous decision if these 2 ever get it on!

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