The proposed “Fight of The Century” between Welterweight kingpins Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr has been ruled out yet again as both men have announced fights in the summer.
Pacquiao will defend his WBO Welterweight Title against Timothy Bradley on June 9th and Mayweather Jr will challenge Miguel Cotto for his WBA Light-Middleweight Title on May 5th, with both fights occurring in the Mecca of boxing, Las Vegas.
The head of Top Rank Promotions, Bob Arum, who promotes both Pacquiao and Bradley, says the financial terms of the fight are still to be agreed.
“I’m very optimistic that I’ll get it done, but right now it’s just not done,” Arum told USA Today.
Pacquiao is coming off two undoubtebly below-par performances – a rather tepid points victory over “Sugar” Shane Mosley followed by what many fans and experts saw as a highly fortunate decision against his old rival Juan Manuel Marquez.
Bradley meanwhile stopped Joel Casamayor in the eight round on the undercard to Pacquiao Vs Marquez III and was accused by Amir Khan of ducking him when Khan challenged Bradley to a World title fight in 2011.
Mayweather Jr Vs Pacquaio is the one fight that every boxing fan wants to see. It would be a crying shame if this was to never materialise, however those who are adamant that this fight will definitely happen one day, better not get their hopes up as it will simply come down to one thing – money.
Mayweather’s swiftness and Pacquiao’s punch power would lead to an absolute classic. However, both men were at their very best two years ago and the fight should have been arranged then. Should the two ever lock horns, I would predict Mayweather would win, purely due to his excellent defensive skills. Mayweather’s main strengths are his speed and defence, something which a vast majority of fighters cannot juggle.
Pacquiao is an aggresive southpaw and hits extremely hard, Antonio Margarito knows this best after his face was disfigured after his clash with Pacquiao in November 2010. However, Pacquiao tends to be second best when fighting a more defensive fighter, someone who can counterpunch and make him miss, a prime example being Marquez.
The one reason why this fight may never happen is due to both camp’s stubborness over purses, with it being reported that Mayweather will not fight Pacquiao unless he gets more money, instead of a proposed 50/50 split.
Despite the megafight not happening, in its place are two huge World Welterweight clashes, which are certain to be non-stop from start to finish. Bradley and Cotto are undoubtebly two of the best pound for pound fighters in the world and will prove a tough test for the top two.