We all know that boxing fans around the world want the potential “Greatest Fight of All-Time” showdown between Floyd “Money” Mayweather Jr. and Manny “Pac-Man” Pacquiao, but the wait is going to take a little longer.
While Mayweather is preparing for his May 5 fight against Miguel Cotto, Pacquiao is set to a match with Timothy Bradley Jr. on June 9 at the MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas, Nevada. And while Bradley isn’t the big name most boxing fans were looking forward to, he’s definitely not one to be taken lightly.
Bradley comes into the bout with a 28-0 record including 12 wins by knockout. Those are very impressive numbers for the 28-year-old, 140-pound champion out of Palm Springs, California. He’s never been in the same kind of spotlight as Pacquiao, but Pac-Man is making sure fans know about Bradley as well.
As for the possible bout with Mayweather, fans can only hope that it happens in November which is when Pacquiao said he would fight next. The question for that fight is: Will more excuses be made or will it finally get done? Boxing enthusiasts should hope for the latter.
Pacquiao has been teasing a possible retirement after the November bout, no matter who the opponent is.
The recent talks of the two possibly taking the ring were halted by contradicting reports saying that each fighter had backed out for certain reasons. Some reports say it was because Mayweather didn’t want to agree to a 50-50 split while other reports say it was promoter Bob Arum (who represents Pacquiao) stating that his client wasn’t fully healed from his fight with Juan Manuel Marquez.
Whatever the case may be, both fighters are set to take on respected contenders and both are sure to be good bouts. However, they’re not the ones fans are dying to see.
One thing is for sure, the potential match-up between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. needs to happen in November, or it runs the risk of never happening at all.
By: Brandon Williams
Member of the Football Writers Association of America