|Oh What Could Have Been: Manny Pacquiao vs Floyd Mayweather Jr
By Eric Marks, Doghouse Boxing (Nov 16, 2011) Doghouse Boxing (Photo Graphic created © Chee, DHB)
get right to it: The superfight as we know it between Manny Pacquiao
and Floyd Mayweather Jr. is, well, not as super as it was prior to
Pacquiao’s lackluster performance on Saturday night against Juan
Manuel Marquez. Aside from stylistic problems Marquez posed to
Manny, the younger, faster, more complete fighter in his now natural
weight class should have separated himself from his nemesis: he
didn’t. In fact as the commentators of the fight and others
pointed out, he looked confused and defeated, and if scoring was
based on countenance, Pacquiao would have lost. Instead, and
despite Pacquiao’s majority decision, the fans lost out on the
magnitude of the Mayweather/Pacquiao fight, a once in a generation
chance to see the best of the best in top form square off to make
was the kind of fight that would transcended boxing, one in which an
individual could escape from the realities of life and dismal
circumstances living vicariously through two combatants, not unlike
Joe Louis or James Braddock fights during the tumultuous depression
of the 1930’s. And now we are only left to ponder what could have
been regardless of the possibility of the fight taking place. The
anticipation, the back and forth about who would emerge victorious,
the pay-per view parties; yeah the hype will still be there just
lessoned considerably, and some fans may be potentially watching
this fight wondering how they will pay their bills void of the
trance-like state that is now as gone as Pacquiao’s invincibility.
Floyd is as much to blame as anyone.
While Pacquiao’s vulnerability Saturday night may lure Floyd into
serious negotiations, he could have at any point in the last two and
a half years taken this fight and minimized the risk that he or
Pacquiao would lose, look bad, or win unconvincingly en route to
fighting each other. Now “Money Mayweather’s” bad calculation
is going to end up costing him money and minimizing any victory he
may have over Pacquiao. Perhaps the old adage “the biggest risk in
life is not taking any” rings accurate here for Mayweather.
it was only a matter of time until one of boxing two biggest stars
and best fighters looked average. In any other situation, a boxer
can have an off night like any athlete in any other sport, but in
this instance the stakes for a Floyd/Manny showdown were too high and
the margin for error slim to non-existent. One could now make a
credible argument that perhaps it should be Pacquiao that stalls
fighting Mayweather and take another bout first to restore his
confidence and get the bad taste of Marquez out of his mouth. Yet
such a bout would probably come against Timmy Bradley, who is young,
undefeated, aggressive, hard to look good against, in superb shape,
and lacking in star power, probably not what Manny is looking for at
this time. And it’s doubtful that aficionado’s will forget what
transpired on November 12th 2011.
here we are in a place we didn’t anticipate still trying to process
what happening over the weekend. “The show must go on” as they
say, and it will, just not the way we expected it. Like life,
disappointment is a part of boxing and we move forward even when the
luster is lost. Unfortunately, it happened sooner than we hoped,
but we’ll make the best of the situation.
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