Much has been made of the fiasco that is the formerly Mar. 13 fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev., between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
Who would have thought it was not money that which these two sides disagreed on, but Olympic-style blood testing, which should have been cited given the nature of performance enhancers in sports today and certain accusations made by one side against the other during negotiations.
It is this disagreement that brings us a Manny Pacquiao fight on Mar. 13, not at the MGM Garden Arena, but rather at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Tex., and not against Floyd Mayweather, Jr., but rather the 20-3 Joshua Clottey from Ghana.
And in recent news, the debacle of Pacquiao-Mayweather has also led the former Dancing with the Stars star Floyd Mayweather to the possible fight with Shane Mosley in the beginning of May, most likely May 1 or 8, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
The breakdown in the heated negotiations brought out more hype in fight that is destined to happen, even though there is no agreement by the two sides regarding the Olympic-style blood testing.
These two fighters want and need each other for this fight to happen. This is a fight that boxing needs, and with the weight of the entire sport on their shoulders, it will happen. This is the fight that will either define the dominant climb of Manny Pacquiao from flyweight to welterweight or Floyd Mayweather Jr.'s undefeated reign over the boxing world.
Pacquiao will agree to whatever blood testing, urine testing, any sort of drug testing needed, as will Mayweather. Mayweather will have to back up the words of not only himself but his uncle, Roger Mayweather; his father, Floyd Mayweather, Sr.; Oscar de la Hoya; and Golden Boy Promotions, all of whom doubted and downplayed Pacquiao's abilities and accomplishments in recent years.
Worries and cries for this fight have been made by many fans of both fighters as a result of the breakdown in negotiations and the scheduled fights with Clottey and potentially Mosley. However, disappointment should not be a final word to describe the relationship between these two fighters. It will be a reward to see these men in quality fights against two quality opponents, hopefully before they finally face each other later this year.
Joshua Clottey is no piece of cake. His three losses were to quality opponents and all resulted in controversial decisions.
The Mayweather-Mosley bout would have been one of those "super fights" even a few years ago. Bringing these two together now provides a solid opponent for Mayweather, one who is significantly bigger and stronger than his previous opponent, Juan Manuel Marquez.
These opponents do not bring any sort of the flavor that Pacquiao brings to Mayweather or Mayweather brings to Pacquaio, but rather solid, good matchups for two fighters who appear to be on top of the sport.
Regardless of the outcome in either Pacquiao-Clottey or Mayweather-Mosley, the so-called "super fight" and the fight to break Pay-Per-View records and to save boxing will happen. Although the sides are at a disagreement, these are two of the best fighters of this generation, whether fans love them or hate them.
Pacquiao-Mayweather is going to happen. It is not a fact, it is destiny.
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