Saturday night's main event at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas further proved the growing notion that pound-for-pound elite Floyd "Money" Mayweather Jr. will never step in the ring with Manny Pacquiao after dominating Robert Guerrero for his 44th victory in as many fights.
With the 36-year-old Mayweather continuing to add to his legacy and out-skilling every opponent he steps into the ring with, the price of earning a fight with this champion is at a premium. That fact became more cemented when he told ESPN his career will be finished at the end of his six-fight contract with Showtime (of which he has five remaining after Saturday).
While Mayweather is still channeling his prime and dominating the field, Pacquiao is struggling, to say the least. He's lost each of his last two fights, including a controversial decision against Tim Bradley and a brutal knockout at the hands of Juan Manuel Marquez in their fourth bout.
At 34 years old, there's still time for Pac-Man to turn his fortunes around and win some big-time bouts to prove he's worthy of Money May.
But with the direction his career is headed, there's no way the Mayweather camp would use one of their precious final five fights on him.
With Pacquiao's growing interest in a congressional seat for his native Philippines, it's also apparent that more of his focus is off boxing in general. While he's proven to be able to juggle these two responsibilities in the past, it can only be getting tougher as he gets more into his political work and closer to the end of his boxing career.
Pac-Man has shown no signs of slowing down, as Boxingscene.com reports, Pacquiao adviser Michael Koncz has confirmed a fight in Macau, China, on Nov. 24 with an unknown opponent. There's no doubt the 34-year-old still has aspirations to face Money May and make one of the biggest fights in boxing history happen.
But with five losses and counting, Pacquiao will first have to prove he can get out of this slump he's currently in.
It's not apparent that some of the best boxers in the class will be willing to pick him over other suitors, either. Koncz also told ESPN that their camp made offers to both Marquez and Bradley for rematches, only to see the two schedule a fight against each other.
When boxers who aren't even worthy of facing Mayweather right now are passing up on you, it's obvious that there's a major disparity in talent and image between these two rivals.
There's no doubt that a long-anticipated bout between Mayweather and Pacquiao would do wonders for the sport of boxing as far as promotions and money earnings go. Such a matchup would set all-time records in just about every category before the fight actually began.
But to Mayweather's camp, it's obvious that the difference between their champion and Pacquiao is just too much at the moment, and Pac-Man will have to get back on top before Money May considers a deal.
With Money May's career ticking on his Showtime deal, he cannot afford to make any wrong moves, and that's why, as long as things continue to go where they're headed, Mayweather and Pacquiao may never face off.
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