Why are so many in boxing still stuck on this fight? Who cares at this point? Floyd Mayweather has said on numerous occasions that he plans to stay retired. Sure, in his case, money talks. That’s all this would be about. Floyd certainly has nothing to gain by boxing anymore. He’s 50-0, completely unblemished, made good career moves throughout his fight career, took very little damage and finds himself in a real position to help the sport as a promoter. This fight does nothing for him legacy wise. If he loses, it hurts him. Bad. His biggest selling point as a fighter was he is unbeaten. His selling point is the same as a promoter as well. His undefeated record is a big part of his brand. Period. What would beating an older Pacquiao do for him in all seriousness?
What does Pacquiao have to gain from a fight like this? Absolutely nothing. If he beats an older Mayweather it does nothing for him either. Mayweather obviously hasn’t been committed to fighting as a fighter in years. In all actuality, Mayweather hasn’t been an active boxer since 2015, if you count out the exhibition he had with Conor McGregor.
Manny Pacquiao is coming off a very impressive victory over a major contender in Keith Thurman. To me, it makes more sense for him to be in a title fight of some magnitude with some of the younger fighters. Heck, I think avenging the win he was robbed of in a rematch with Jeff Horn would make more sense than a rematch with Mayweather. The best fights right now for Pacquiao’s legacy would obviously be against the likes of Terence Crawford or Errol Spence. Some other fights he could possibly have is maybe Mikey Garcia or Shawn Porter. Some have even mentioned a possible bout with Amir Khan. All those fights simply make more sense than a Floyd Mayweather Jr. fight in my opinion. It keeps Pacquiao relevant and any possible victories that could come as a result, would greatly benefit him on a legacy standpoint.
Money talks louder though. It wouldn’t surprise me to see this fight in 2020. But I don’t even know if its appealing enough to the fans. As we all know, their first fight failed to meet even half of the hype and that fight was years ago. Fact is, when the first fight happened, most fans thought it was 3 or 4 years too late. How in the world would a rematch be appealing now 5 years later?
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