Mayweather vs. Pacquiao - It won’t happen, So Forget about it!
By Robert Brown, Doghouse Boxing (Dec 3, 2012) Doghouse Boxing (Photo graphic by Chee)
years now boxing insiders and casual observers have been debating a
variety of reasons why a fight easily worth well over $100 million has
not and may not ever occur.
starters we had the extremely high profile split between Mayweather and
his then promoter, Bob Arum. Mayweather claimed he was owed money from
purses of two separate fights, the Arturo Gatti and Zab Judah fights. As
a result Mayweather split from Arum and formed his own promotional
company. Back and forth negotiations and posturing have been going on in
relation to this fight for a number of years, and perhaps for a number of reasons...
it was the drug testing issue. Mayweather wanted strict Olympic style
drug testing put in place for the bout. Pacquiao said he would only do
the testing under the current commission rules. In time, a deformation case
developed because the Mayweather camp "reportedly" went on record
claiming that Pacquiao had to have taken some performance enhancing
substances. The deformation case in question was recently settled before
going to court. And there were arguments over dates and venues with
Mayweather wanting the fight at a smaller casino style venue such as the
MGM Grand and Arum and Pacquiao wanting the fight at a bigger venue
such as the Yankee stadium or the Cowboys stadium. Add more to the pile,
Mayweather had taken a plea as a result of a personal court case and
looked as though he would be heading to jail as of May this year. Arum
would go on record stating that his side could be ready to fight May 5th
but looks like Mayweather could be going to jail. Then when Mayweather
successfully lobbied to have his jail sentence set back so he could
fight May 5th, Arum shifted, saying that his side now wanted to fight
later, possibly a June or July fight date.
Another hurdle is
the purse issue. Where Mayweather had previously stated he would not pay
any higher than 60/40 his way and since then he has recently stated he
will not pay Pacquiao any more than 40 million.
give you my honest opinion I don’t think it’s really Pacquiao standing
in the way of this fight, I think it's Arum and Mayweather's ginormous
egos clashing and the refusal of one to get bested by the other.
days we have Pacquiao in semi-retirement focusing more and more on his
family and his political career and depending on the result he may very
well retire after his 4th battle with Juan Manuel Marquez (this coming
Saturday). For Mayweather's part, he has said he will not fight past the
age of 37, which only adds to the never ending hurdles of make this
My honest opinion is this.... to the true boxing
fan do we really want to see two aging legends who should have fought 5
years ago finally get it on well past their primes? I’m not sure I do
and when you’ve got the future of boxing right in front of our eyes in
Andre Ward and Adrien Broner (just to name a few), the fact is that
these days the boxing world is not in a desperate need for a Mayweather
vs. Pacquiao fight.
not going to lie to you... if this fight happens would I watch it, of
course I would! But am I in desperate need for it? No.
it's my belief that or all the reasons I have stated and some I haven’t,
that this fight is never going to happen so JUST FORGET ABOUT IT!
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