The slim odds of a superfight between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao shortened even further this week with the news that the Filipino had signed a new contract with promoter Bob Arum and Top Rank.
Fight fans have been calling out for Mayweather and Pacquiao to go toe-to-toe for years, but sadly it now looks highly unlikely that the duo will ever meet in the ring. Pacquiao has signed a contract extension that will see him fight under Top Rank until December 2016. This will likely be the 35-year-old Filipino fighter’s last contract, meaning a bout with Mayweather is a non runner.
The unbeaten Mayweather (46-0) remains steadfast in his refusal to do business with Bob Arum since the pair fell out in 2006 and Pacquiao’s decision to sign a contract extension with Top Rank appears to have closed the book on what would be a fight for the ages.
Pacquiao’s stock has fluctuated in the last few years, but the popular pugilist has salvaged his reputation with recent wins against Brandon Rios and Timothy Bradley. As expected, fight fans are calling for Pacquiao to face Juan Manuel Marquez in what would be the pair’s fifth meeting. One has to wonder just how lucrative that duel could be however, and perhaps a contest with the winner of Miguel Cotto and Sergio Martinez is a better alternative.
“We’ve been doing two fights a year so we’ll continue to do two fights a year.” – Bob Arum
Pacquiao’s contract means he will face five opponents, with his next fight expected to take place in Macau. However, Mayweather is three fights into his six-fight deal with Showtime, a deal that he contends is the last of his career and a September rematch with Marcos Maidana looks a real possibility. The fact that a bout with Amir Khan would be extremely lucrative for Floyd (and we know how much he loves money) means we can expect the Briton to fill one of the remaining spots.
That leaves us with one space in Mayweather’s contract. How perfect it would be if the self-proclaimed greatest of all time was to bow out with a Las Vegas slobberknocker against Manny Pacquiao.
One can dream…
Richard Barrett, Pundit Arena.
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