A Very American Coup By Michael – Louis Ingram, Editor-in-Chief...
Mayweather and Pacman Fights For Big Money
The fight we have been dreaming about for five years is now going to occur. Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather have agreed May 2nd to fight each other. Note the word, to each other as for five years, both of these fighters have teased the boxing public while setting up big PPV with other fighters. Five years ago, both fighters were on the top of their game but since then Pacquiao has lost to Marquez and Bradley (even though he revenged a decision loss to Bradley.)
The primary reason for the fight is whether simple; try 200 million dollars or more to split up. Let be blunt, both Mayweather and Pacquiao are reaching advance years as boxers and the public were no longer interested in putting up 70 dollars to see them fight Brandon Rios and Marcos. They were not getting excited about Mayweather fighting Amir Khan in a PPV. Look at the recent numbers and both fighters were seeing diminishing returns. For Mayweather, his last big PPV was against Saul Alvarez and Pacquiao last big PPV was against Juan Manuel Marquez and for both fighters; there were no more fighters who could garner big numbers.
Mayweather, like Oscar De La Hoya before him, evolved into a businessman who fights and for him, he would participate in big PPV events. It was about the money and Mayweather was more interested in insuring his legacy as a businessman as much as a fighter. While many pundits condemned this attitude, Mayweather understood that a boxer lived in a dangerous world and many boxers often retired injured and poor. Unlike other sports, boxing has no formal retirement or health care so a boxer must maximize his income and many boxers have second jobs just to make ends meet.
Mayweather has taken control of his career and has his own promotion company so leaving his finances in his hands as well as his career. He could chose who he would fight and how much he was taking. He became his own manager and now he has own promotion company so he is ready for a post boxing career.
Mayweather now has the fight that will ensure his own legacy in the ring. Beat Pacquiao and he could easily slip into the sunset with his millions. He can determine his own fate and his own ending to his career. He is now the author of his own story and that is a rarity in boxing.
Pacquiao will be chronological younger but when it comes to boxing age, Mayweather may be fresher of the two as he has not been involved in the kind of wars that Pacquiao has been involved in. Even in Mayweather tougher fights against Maidana and Jose Luis Castillo, Floyd Mayweather defensive wizardry allowed him to escape serious damage whereas the Pacman has had his share of brutal beat downs like his last fight against Marquez. For Pacquiao, this could be his last big payday.
Two fighters, who were two of the best of this generation, are now on the collision course and boxing now has that event that will overshadow the rest of the combat sports world.