No matter how much the sport of boxing pushes for this dream fight, Floyd Mayweather should never step into the ring with Manny Pacquiao.
After Pacquiao lost via a devastating knockout to longtime foe Juan Manuel Marquez in December—his second straight defeat—the former world champion has nothing left to lose in the boxing game.
Pac-Man’s reputation and aura have been severely damaged by his lack of success against Marquez and even Timothy Bradley, and there is no reason for Mayweather to risk his perfect career against a fighter he is unquestionably better than.
Mayweather can’t win fighting Pacquiao; it’s that simple.
If Money beats Pac-Man, he stays the top fighter in the world; if he loses, it raises doubts about whether Mayweather really is the best fighter of our generation.
There is no need to open that can of worms, and Mayweather knows it. The undefeated champion told CBS Sports during a televised interview at the Final Four (h/t ESPN) about the possibility of a fight with Pacquiao and what it would take:
Manny Pacquiao got a lot of hurdles to get over to get to Floyd Mayweather. He just got two back-to-back losses. I tried to make the fight to happen. The only thing I was asking for was random blood and urine testing just to show the world the sport of boxing is a clean sport.
While Pacquiao’s struggles would put Mayweather in the driver’s seat for the contract negotiations (this fight would have a huge payday and Mayweather would get the much larger cut), Money is having no trouble signing big-time deals without the risk.
Mayweather is currently scheduled to square off against Robert Guerrero on May 4 (h/t ESPN), and while this bout won’t have the mainstream appeal a possible superfight would, Money is still the biggest draw in the sport.
As down as Pac-Man is right now in the P4P ratings and in the minds of boxing fans, there is no doubt that he still has the ability, speed and power to steal a win from Mayweather if the veteran could find his focus.
Money would be the unquestioned favorite to win the fight outright and answer all the doubters, but he would be the only one in this bout really risking anything now.
While many have questioned Mayweather’s life choices, he has always remained a true business man and knows that it is not smart to take a fight against Pac-Man.