Mayweather vs. Pacquiao is sure to happen
By Babatis Banda: Even in the midst of the politics and the egos, economics will prevail. There is so much that has gone down since the first talk of a Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Manny Pacquiao fight.
Without delving into the issue that never brings a conclusion to the debate, it is clear that politics and to some extent, egos in the two camps prevented the fight from taking place until now. With Floyd having cleaned the welter weight of any real challenge, very little formidable opposition remain, if any at all.
Common sense tells us that the only big money fight left for Floyd is the Pacquiao fight. This is not because Pacquiao is any different from the other fighters that have tried, but because the controversy and the same national clout that existed with Alvarez exists with Pacquiao.
The Filipinos may not buy the pay-per-views in the same lines as the Mexicans, but they bring interest into the sport through their amazing belief in Pacquiao. They ultimately have a snow-ball effect with casual fans around the world as they create an illusion that Pacquiao, despite his recent poor showing, is the only one that is capable of beating up Mayweather.
At this moment, the fight is still guaranteed to be one of the biggest in the sport if it indeed took place. In all honest, Pacquiao still has to show us what he has left after the near-death experience against Marquez. Sure to say that even in that position, Pacquiao is still better than a number of the top welters available.
It is absurd to think that only Pacquiao holds the key to Floyd Mayweather’s greatness. However, a win over Pacquiao will help shut-out some of the noise against the P4P great. Even a shut-out win against Pacquiao will not completely shut his detractors up. They will still find something negative to say. Good enough, Mayweather is never detracted by negative talk. He understands that hard work makes the difference and he continues to stretch himself even in his advanced boxing age.
For this fight to materialize, Pacquiao should not leave issues to Arum and Roach. They have interests of their own. They work for money, and as long as they are getting their money, they have no problem.
Pacquiao should come out strong and tell the world he will take the RBT in its entirety. He should also state that he is willing to accept the smaller purse considering his recent status in the sport. He surely has nothing to bring to the table, except for his past glory. This is the fight we must see, not that it is the defining fight for Mayweather, but to put a controversy to rest.