As each day passes and the calendar continues to turn, it feels as though we get further and further from a super fight between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather.
Though Pacquiao was knocked out against Juan Manuel Marquez in their epic fourth bout since 2004 on Saturday, Dec. 8, boxing fans still seem more concerned as to if they'll ever see Pac-Man and Money May step into the ring together.
After getting over the complete shock that was Dinamita knocking out Pac-Man, sports fans immediately began to wonder what it meant for the potential dream fight. Pac-Man clearly doesn't have the leverage anymore in negotiations following his second consecutive loss, this time in convincing fashion, but the fact of the matter is that boxing fans will forever want to see Pacquiao and Mayweather lock horns.
If that day does come—and I wouldn't hold my breath if I were you—who would you be rooting for to win the super fight?
We know who 50 Cent would be rooting for (maybe), but what about the general public?
I'm going with Pacquiao for a number of reasons even in light of the recent KO.
In general, Pacquiao is more of a likable guy. Whether it's his big smile or his beautiful voice, people seem drawn to the polarizing figure, as you'll see in this Bleacher Report Productions' video.
Secondly, I think people would roll with Pac-Man because he wasn't the one putting this fight on hold.
According to ESPN's Dan Rafael, it's not location or drug testing that's putting this fight on hold, but rather it's the money. Pacquiao told ESPN that Mayweather is the one who isn't agreeing to the terms, saying:
I'm waiting for that fight to happen. I don't know what's the reason why that fight has not happened. ... It's OK for me if he gets a higher percentage than me... I spoke to Floyd ... and he offered me an amount. He didn't talk about the pay-per-views here and that's it. I can't agree with that. I told him I agree with 55 and 45 (split).
So you're telling me that Pac-Man is willing to let Mayweather take more money, yet Money is still not down for the fight?
That's not exactly the way to get the general public to stand behind you.
As if people aren't already fed up with Mayweather, his legal issues do not help his cause. His 90-day jail sentence for a domestic dispute may or may not have hindered negotiations for a match between Pacquiao and Mayweather, according to Kurt Badenhausen of Forbes.com.
I'm sure you can come at me with a handful of things you don't like about Pacquiao—his political career probably being one of them—but no longer can you say that he's the one putting the fight on the back burner.
Fans also know that Pacquiao is willing to go out there and put on a show. His fists of fury would be flying all over the place. He isn't afraid to go out swinging, as we saw against Marquez, but everyone knows Money May is more of a defensive fighter and cares less about putting on a great show for the fans and more about wins, losses and money.
Yes, Pacquiao got caught by a nasty counter-punch from Marquez, a counter-punch as devastating as we have ever seen in boxing history. One would have to believe that Mayweather would constantly throw that in Pac-Man's face during the promotion of the fight and he has every right to, but that could turn fans away and ultimately rub the public the wrong way as Pacquiao was actually leading the fight against Dinamita prior to the KO.
Pac-Man getting knocked out against Marquez doesn't automatically push fans towards Mayweather's corner. If anything, a lot of fans will sway towards Pacquiao because they will view him as the underdog, which would cause more fans to cheer for Pacquiao as they look for a veteran to rebound and resurrect his career.
Given the difference in public appearances, one has to think Pacquiao would still have the majority of the public in his corner if this fight were to ever occur.
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