Everyone even remotely interested in boxing already knows that Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao meeting in the ring and for once, letting their fists talk to each other rather than their mouths, would be one of the most interesting events in the sport. Pacquiao has gone on record several times saying his ultimate wish is to fight Mayweather while the American never really committed himself to it. Well, all that has changed now. Floyd Mayweather has come out in the open and challenged Manny Pacquiao to a fight. The man has set a date too – May 2nd, 2015.
Everyone knows that Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao are two of the greatest showmen pacing the boxing world right now and to see them go against each other would surely be a treat. Pacquiao has of course been shouting his lungs out for a bout recently saying, “Mayweather has reached a dead end. He has nowhere to run but to fight me.” When his opponent of choice had leveled allegations of Pacquiao being desperate for money, the Filipino even offered to fight for charity! “This fight is about legacy, this is about making the fans happy and, above all, this is for the good of boxing,” he had said. Mayweather, on the other hand, the shrewd moneymaker that he is, has thought business all along and finally seems to have decided that it is the right time to go ahead and cash in on an amazing opportunity.
In an interview with Showtime, Mayweather minced no words when he said he wanted to take on Pacquiao, and how it was Pacquiao and Bob Arum who had been ducking and dodging. He even set a date, May 2nd, while saying he wanted to do it for fans and also because he wanted to go out with a bang.
The only impediment to the showdown now seems to be Bob Arum and Mayweather’s unpleasant past experiences with Arum’s promotional company Top Rank. Pacquiao now fights under the Top Rank banner and Mayweather feels Arum would never make a business deal that would benefit everyone involved in a fair manner. “Bob Arum is in the way of the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight,” he says, claiming how the promoter is yet to pay up for Mayweather’s fights against Arturo Gatti and Zab Judah in 2005 and 2006. “It was hard doing business with Bob Arum when I was signed to his company, so if I’m not signed to his company, you know it’s going to be even harder because he’s going to be trying to do whatever he can do. Me knowing Bob Arum for 18 years, in my opinion, Bob Arum only cares about Bob Arum. That’s the feeling that I felt forever.”
Well except for this minor issue, which we are sure be sorted out – after all, there are millions waiting to be made here – the fight between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao could very well be one of the main sporting highlights of 2015. Now, we only need to wait and watch if Amir Khan could squeeze in a fight with one of them before that, and if that fight changes this equation in any way. We’ll keep you posted!
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