Floyd Mayweather v Manny Pacquiao set to end in disappointment?

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Rumours that Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao are edging closer to announce a historic fight between the two best fighters of this generation are beginning to gain momentum.

The pair have been pictured together on a couple of occasions recently, as they appear to be thrashing out a deal which would make the super-fight finally happen after years of speculation and ducking.

Fight looming ever closer

It is believed that a few fundamental issues have been resolved as network giants HBO and Showtime, who represent Pacman and Pretty Boy Floyd respectively, have apparently agreed terms on sharing the pay-per-view blockbuster.

Meanwhile, it has been claimed the major financial issues surrounding the fight have also been agreed with Pacquaio accepting a 60-40 split purse in Mayweather's favour.

However, the Philippines boxer's promoter Bob Arum said: "Now we're working on resolving the other two [issues]. Unless something else comes up at the last minute, that's what my take is."

As the fight may finally happen, does it still have the same aura as it would have a few years ago?

Different styles

Floyd Mayweather, at the ripe age of 37, is getting better with age and his near-perfect defensive style means he is not facing the problems most boxers do when they get to his age.

Manny Pacquiao, on the other hand, is 36 but has had 17 more professional fights than his American counter-part, which seems to have taken its toll on his body. Pacman suffered a controversial points loss to Timothy Bradley followed by a devastating knockout loss to Juan Manuel Marquez, although he has won his last three fights to make somewhat of a recovery.

Pacquaio past his prime?

Personally, I don't not feel like Mayweather is taking on Pacquiao in his prime, which is a great shame. The boxing audience deserves a definitive answer as to who is the greatest pound-for-pound boxer of this generation and I feel like the boat which could deliver that answer has sailed.

The irony of this is that Pacquiao appeared to be the man more willing to make the fight happen previously, as Mayweather made him jump through hoops over ridiculous drug testing demands.

Mayweather ducking Pacman?

I may be wrong, but looking in from the outside, it seems that Mayweather may have purposely delayed this bout to a time which is more suited to him and his obsession to keep his unbeaten record intact until the end of his illustrious career.

If the fight does go ahead, which is by no means a foregone conclusion, I would imagine Mayweather would ease to a points victory, as the fresher of the two fighters.

Big fight feel

Saying that, this is the fight that Pacquiao has been waiting years for so he will be extremely motivated to dislodge his biggest rival and be remembered as the greatest of this era, bar none.

While the fight may not be as unpredictable to call, it is clear that Mayweather vs Pacquiao is still an unbelievable draw and will have boxing fans glued all over the world. There is nothing in sport quite like the big fight feel which only boxing can produce and this fight could be the biggest most fans will have ever felt.

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