Floyd Mayweather Should Be Motivated to Fight Struggling Manny Pacquiao

Nicholas Goss@@NicholasGoss35Correspondent IDecember 12, 2012

LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 05:  Floyd Mayweather Jr. addresses the media after his unanimous decision victory against Miguel Cotto after their WBA super welterweight title fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 5, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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Manny Pacquiao's latest defeat to Juan Manuel Marquez shouldn't prevent Floyd Mayweather from wanting a superfight with his rival, it should actually motivate him to make sure this bout happens.

There has never been a better time for Mayweather to accept the challenge of fighting Pacquiao in what would be the biggest bout of this century.

After two straight losses, it's hard to imagine that Pac-Man's confidence is very high at the moment, and now Money May has two recent fights to watch over and over again to find weaknesses in his rival's style.

If Mayweather was ever worried about his perfect 43-0-0 record when thinking about a possible Pacquiao fight, then he should be more confident in his abilities to defeat him now. His patience has benefited him, and if he accepts a fight with Pacquiao for some time in 2013, he will not have to face Pac-Man in his prime.

You can argue that Pacquiao has never bean weaker at any time in his career. He's still a top-tier fighter, but he's not one of the three best boxers in the world right now.

If Mayweather never fights Pacquiao, there will always be a "what if" feeling when people look back at his legendary career. How can we consider Money May the best of his generation when he never fought the best opponent in his sport? Not fighting Pacquiao would hurt Mayweather's legacy quite a bit.

The best 2013 schedule for Mayweather would be to fight in May or June against someone like Timothy Bradley, before fighting Pacquiao in Las Vegas in November or December.

There's really no one else Money May should fight in his career. He's already beaten many of the best fighters in the sport. In his last five fights, he's defeated top-tier boxers such as Marquez, Shane Mosley, Miguel Cotto and Victor Ortiz.

This is the best time for Mayweather to fight Pacquiao. If this bout never happens, it will be difficult for people to consider Money May the best of his generation.