After 5 long, frustrating years of endless darkness could their finally be light at the end of the tunnel for Floyd Mayweather Jnr and Manny Pacquiao?
The entire time I have been more of hardcore boxing enthusiast the main talking point in the sport has revolved exclusively around will they or won’t fight. Initially, many experts claimed the fight was simply too big not to happen.
Could be possible
However, the tone and content of the rhetoric has changed considerably in recent times. The vast majority have given up hope and lost all faith that Floyd Mayweather will ever fight Manny Pacquiao. After suffering through the various stages of grief it seems we all have come to the point of acceptance that it will forever remain as ‘greatest fight that never was’.
Yet in the last few days I have started believing again and have regained faith that the most elusive prizefight in history may finally come to fruition. After all the lies and the pressure we may finally get the truth about who really is the best boxer of our generation.
I started believing again the moment I read the revelations that Canelo Alvarez plans to muscle in on Floyd Mayweather’s fight dates next year. Then, the very next day, it was announced Alvarez has signed a 3 three deal HBO. His high profile defection from Showtime back to bitter rivals HBO has put the foundations in place for an all out assault on Mayweather’s empire next year. The move shows Canelo fully intends to follow through on his threat of challenging Mayweather for his May and September fight dates next year. His defiance could be the biggest ever gift for boxing insofar as a fight between Floyd Mayweather Jnr and Manny Pacquiao is concerned.
The 24 year old Mexican means business, and his struggle to liberate boxing on the Cinco de Mayo and Mexican Independence Day holidays from the iron grip of Floyd Mayweather could force a Manny Pacquiao fight. Of course, Mayweather may simply pick different dates in the calendar to fight. But if Mayweather refuses to bow down to Canelo: the impossible fight will be inevitable. Simply put, there is no other possible opponent for Mayweather that could compete with Canelo vs Miguel Cotto next May. Although no contract for a Canelo and Cotto contest has been signed, it is obviously the top priority for Golden Boy Promotions who are busy plotting the rise of Canelo and the demise of Mayweather.
If the Canelo vs Miguel Cotto fight is made for Cinco de Mayo holiday next year, Mayweather will be faced with the toughest choice in his boxing career: face Manny Pacquiao or cede his famous fighting date. The latter choice would be an embarrassing blow to a man who call himself ‘The Best Ever’, a clear indication that his career is on the ropes.
Many in the boxing world are quick to denigrate the credentials of Canelo, but it is clear he is in control of his own destiny. He calls the shots with his management team and his promoter Oscar De La Hoya, which makes a refreshing change from the fighters ‘who leave it up to their promoter to decide who they fight’. If his bold actions help smooth the path for a Floyd Mayweather Jnr and Manny Pacquiao fight his popularity in the boxing world will rise precipitously without him even throwing a punch.
Personally I feel the recent moves by Canelo and Golden Boy Promotions could have monumental significance in boxing history.
Canelo’s determination to reclaim the Mexican fight dates for the Mexican fans coupled with Oscar De La Hoya’s burning desire to bring down Mayweather’s empire can be the perfect storm which forces Floyd Mayweather to finally face Manny Pacquiao.
It may soon be time to step out of the darkness and enter the light. If so, we will have Canelo to thank for lighting the candles.
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