The time has come. We can no longer wait. There is no tomorrow. Yes, that sounds a bit dramatic but the reason for this exaggeration is that Pacquiao and Mayweather need to get into the ring now. There are no “ifs,” “ands,” or “buts” about it. The time has come for both men to agree to the super fight and give fans what they want, what they’ve wanted for years.
There are reports that Mayweather wants the majority of shares if he agrees to fight Pacquiao. It’s understandable since Mayweather equals box office gold. People pay to watch Floyd Money Weather fight even if they don’t like his fighting style.
In fact, Mayweather sold over 500,000 pay per views for his last fight. Pacquiao, on the other hand, was only able to sell approximately 300,000 pay per views for his fights. Now you can say the opponents Pacquiao fights may not be known by the general public. But it’s obvious that out of the two, Mayweather is the blockbuster. He just is. Love him or hate him Mayweather knows how to promote his fights. However, despite his box office appeal, Mayweather must compromise. He simply cannot stand in the way of this blockbuster from happening. Whether it’s a 60/40 spilt, or whatever the magic number really, these fighters must meet in the ring.
So the time has come for both men to sign on the dotted line and agree to fight at the MGM Grand, especially since Mayweather plans to retire next year after his Showtime deal runs out. If Mayweather stays true to his word, he only has two fights left in his career. There has to be a sense of urgency on both camps to make this fight happen. If Mayweather doesn’t fight Pacquiao, his legacy will be forever tarnished as the guy who dodged Pacquiao.
Nevertheless, as it stands now, both men have taken shots at each other over social media. Although the banter is all fun and games, the action needs to take place in the ring. In Pacquiao’s defense, it seems like he wants the fight.
Pacquiao knows this is the fight that fans want to see and it’s the fight boxing needs. I guarantee that virtually everyone around the world would be watching the fight. It would break every pay per view record in history! The money this potential fight can generate is astronomical!
But the sad truth might be that this fight will merely be relegated to our imagination. It could be the greatest fight that never was. And then when we talk about Mayweather or Pacquiao, we will have to add the fact that they never actually faced each other. It would be an asterisk to each men’s legacy, the proverbial footnote that lessens their legacy from legendary to just great.
So Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao, make this fight happen in 2015 and have boxing rule the day come fight night! It’s time!