Random Thoughts on a Manny Pacquiao vs Floyd Mayweather clash
By Steve Kim, MaxBoxing (Nov 4, 2011) Doghouse Boxing (Photo Grapic © icheehuahua)
Photo: Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao
I've thought for a long while that we will never see a Manny Pacquiao vs. Floyd Mayweather clash (at least when it's at its most relevant). The bottom line is that both entities can make quite a living while existing in parallel universes without each other. Perhaps they are now beginning to run out of suitable opposition but till that happens, I think what we will see is the usual posturing and machinations from both sides.
- I find it surprising that as many folks believe that either fighter is really avoiding each other in this instance. Just my opinion but as I already stated, the complicated and often contentious relationships of the past and present (from Mayweather, Arum, Golden Boy and Haymon) have been the biggest hurdle to getting this done. I think the ancillary issues that have remained will forever taint negotiations.
- There's no doubt that the MGM Grand wants the Pacquiao-Mayweather fight but if it came down to  choosing one or the other for a particular date, based on ticket sales and the “whales” that come into town for this fights, they would choose Pacquiao. So I wonder how the MGM Grand felt about Mayweather's announcement. The last thing they want is Pacquiao fighting somewhere else.
- And speaking of venues, I've stated this before but if by miracle this actually happens in 2012, shouldn't a fight of this magnitude and importance (real importance, not where a blogger has a favorite fighter who draws 1,500 people and labels it ‘important’ just because it involved him) be in an arena where fans can actually purchase tickets? Trust me, folks; if this took place at the MGM Grand, don't even bother with the process of hooking up five laptops and having ten of your friends calling at 10:00 AM on the dot to try and get the lowest priced seats. You have a better chance of winning your local lottery.
Boxing has to be the only sport that willingly puts its biggest events in the smallest of venues where the general public is shut out (and this on top of putting these things on pay-per-view).
- Speaking of which, I heard Arum on “The Mason and Ireland Show” out here in Los Angeles on ESPN Radio and he was asked what type of price Top Rank could charge for this pay-per-view. He said that they could probably go as high as $70 (meaning the HD broadcast would fetch 80 bucks) and he predicted it would do three million buys. But he did warn that by pricing it in that manner, there would be “a point of diminishing returns,” especially in this current economic climate. 
C'mon, for once, can we just give the fans a break? Besides, what's wrong with working off volume and letting the masses see this event? It's bad enough that fans won’t have any real opportunity to purchase seats. There’s no need to exacerbate that problem by gouging them.
- On the issue of venue, Arum was miffed that Mayweather would state where this potential fight with Pacquiao would be based on that fact that it would limit the revenue stream by not looking at other offers. But when the issue was broached about putting it into a bigger venue where more of the public could see this event live, Arum mentioned, along with Cowboys Stadium, Sam Boyd Stadium, the football home of UNLV, which could hold 40,000-plus. I know this is all a pipe dream but as legions of fans are consistently shut out of the sport’s marquee events, I find it hard to believe that the business of boxing isn't doing itself a disservice by catering to the one percent.
Yeah, but before all this, they should get around to actually consummating the fight.

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