My friend Chris taught me a valuable lesson after the Pacquiao/Cotto fight. When I told him the $54.99 PPV was great for the first six rounds and blah for the last six, he laughed and spewed, “That’s why they’re called boxing promoters.”
That’s all I can think about during all the back-and-forth between Floyd Mayweather and Pacquiao for their supposedly canceled March 13th fight. As I said in an email with some friends, I’ll believe they’re not fighting when it’s March 13th and they’re not fighting. Even if they do scrap it, it’ll only end up to boost the profile of whenever they eventually do go at it (and they most definitely will) — which would, at least to me, cast doubt on whether there was ever really a March 13th agreement in the first place.
Jim Ross agrees with you:
“Mayweather-Pacquiao not fighting? Stop the pain. There is too much money riding on this one for it to become bogged down in a drug testing fiasco. Bob Arum is like many wrestling promoters in that he knows what to say to create the most controversy and provide the proper spin on things.”
If they scrap it and fight other people, they could still fight each other down the road.
The problem is that the timing is perfect now. Pacquiao and Mayweather are universally regarded as the two best pound-for-pound fighters in the world and are both coming off dominant victories over top fighters. If they fight Yuri Foreman and Paulie Malignaggi, there’s a small chance one or both of them loses and a decent chance one or both looks less than dominant in victory.
The stars are in alignment right now. If the fighters and promoters want to make the most money, they should act now.