Sunday 18 March 2018

World wants Pacquiao-Mayweather showdown – but there's no one to force the issue

Manny Pacquiao
Manny Pacquiao

Michael McCarthy

Manny Pacquiao's decisive win over Timothy Bradley on Saturday put him firmly back in the spotlight in the world of boxing and, naturally, led again to the familiar buzz of a dream fight with Floyd Mayweather.

Pacquiao, it would seem, is up for it. "The line is open 24 hours, seven days a week. If he wants to fight, the fight will be on."

In reality, Manny seems more set on a rematch with Juan Manuel Marquez, who knocked him out in their fourth fight in 2012.

Mayweather, meanwhile, fights Marcos Maidana in a couple of weeks. Every one of their fights means big box office, really the only big-money fights in the sport of boxing these days, at least on a global level.

Maybe it suits to keep them apart, but the sport needs the best fighters to fight. The problem is that nobody runs boxing.

A very simple reason why MMA is the world's fastest growing sport is there's a clear and obvious 'Big League' – the UFC – and a clear champion in each weight category.

Boxing needs one, or at least one dominant governing body to demand these fights the world wants to see. Most boxing fans feel that this clash of the two greatest of their generation will happen eventually, but time is against it.

Mayweather is 37. Pacquiao, though two years younger, has nearly 20 more fights to his name. We need to force the issue. But who's there to do it?

Irish Independent

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