In the world of boxing, it is apparent that the battle between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao is long overdue. Not only have they proven to be the best fighters in the welterweight division, but they are, by far, the most famous boxers of their time and perhaps the best pound-for-pound boxers in the world for over a decade now.
However, could they finally be heading for their long-anticipated super-bout that might come with a record-smashing purse, for real?
After Pacquiao defeated Chris Algieri in November, it seemed he had no other contenders left to fight except Floyd Mayweather, Jr. Though the two had never been able to work out the details for a bout, sources close to both camps are indicating that the fight is closer than ever.
Since 2009, Pacquiao has pushed to make the bout happen, while Mayweather has declined to give fans what they want. The 37-year-old, Floyd Mayweather Jr., has never lost a fight. With a boasting 47-0 career record, he is considered the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world. Also, he has given reasons for choosing to fight other opponents, but it’s baffling why he continues to cancel or even derail what would be the biggest fight off all-time.
Is Mayweather afraid of Pacquiao?
It’s a prevailing thought among many fans, and even some experts, considering how much incentive Mayweather has to fight PacMan because a Mayweather-Pacquiao clash could be the most talked sporting event of 2015.
According to promoter Bob Arum,
The real problem is that Mayweather is so damn smart when it comes to boxing and he realizes that of all the fighters fought and all the fighters out there, PacMan poses the biggest threat. Why? Because Manny is fast, Manny can punch and Manny is left handed. Floyd never wants to fight a left handed fighter because his style is designed to fight orthodox fighters.”
So to get Mayweather in the ring with Pacquiao is a monumental task. Not because of splits, not because of money, because Manny stands the best chance of anybody that Floyd has faced to beat him.”
Boxing experts think that Mayweather doesn’t want to put his unbeaten mark in jeopardy and quoted,
The mega-bout between Pacquiao and Mayweather will never happen. Mayweather is desperate to retire undefeated. He cares too much about his record to fight Pacquiao.”
Although, there has been no real movement made towards setting a date. Perhaps we now know why.