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Pacquiao vs. Mayweather is Back On

Posted on 06. Feb, 2010 by FSM Staff in Boxing, Highlight

Pacquiao vs. Mayweather is Back On

Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather will do battle in a few months after all, it just won’t be in the squared circle. In the aftermath of negotiations breaking down for a mega fight between the two, both fighters will appear in separate pay-per-views in what will undoubtedly turn out to be a barometer for who is the more popular boxer.

Pacquiao will take on the formidable Joshua Clottey from Ghana on March 13. The fight will take place at the new billion dollar stadium in Texas where Tony Romo and the rest of the Dallas Cowboys call home. Seating is being arranged for an estimated 40,000 boxing fans that will show up mostly in support of Pacquiao. Clottey recently lost a controversial decision to Miguel Cotto and is by no means a walkover opponent. But then again, neither were Oscar De La Hoya, Ricky Hatton, and the others that Pacquiao has pulverized in the last few years. Will this fight be competitive? Probably not. Will this fight be entertaining?  It will definitely have its moments.

Floyd Mayweather has a slightly bigger test in front of him. On May 1 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Mayweather will meet with welterweight title holder Sugar Shane Mosley. Mosley’s last fight took place over one year ago when he upset Antonio Margarito with a ninth round knock-out. Mosley is a much more difficult opponent than Joshua Clottey and most boxing fans would agree that Mayweather/Mosley will be the better pay-per-view to watch of the two. Sugar Shane is reaching the end of his career (though he certainly does not fight like it) and has the heart of a champion. He will definitely not be afraid to bring the fight to Mayweather and without question, Mayweather will be ready.

Though Floyd Mayweather has a bigger chance of losing his fight than Manny Pacquiao does, it is expected that both fighters will take care of business. The true fight will really take place when all the pay-per-view buys are tallied for each fighter. Pacquiao versus Mayweather is not taking place in the ring, but in the heart of every boxing fan across the country. Fans will open their wallets and decide who they want to spend their hard earned money on because they can no longer see both fighters for the price of one PPV. The hardcore and rich fans will most likely purchase both, but the fans who primarily like one guy or the other will probably just buy their particular fight.

There is potential danger in this popularity contest. Whoever generates more revenue from pay-per-view sales will want a bigger piece of the pie when Mayweather and Pacquiao try to set something up again down the road. Would either man agree to receive less than 50% of the purse based on who sold more pay-per-views in their last fight?


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