“The next few weeks the boxing world will hold its breath. eagerly waiting to hear what may be. Floyd “Money” Mayweather vs Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao…”
That was my final sentence almost two weeks ago in an article. Boxing fans were in a state of anticipation over the possibility of Floyd Mayweather finally facing Manny Pacquiao.
Feburary 1st boxing fans had their hopes dashed once again as Mayweather announced via twitter that he will be facing Miguel Cotto on May 5th.
While Cotto is not a terrible choice, Mayweather vs. Cotto does not have the same ring as Mayweather vs Pacquiao. Truth be told- no opponent not named Pacquiao could take the place of Pacquiao.
However just as boxing fans have been disappointed time and time again, the beginning of 2012 seems to be starting out the same way. No Mayweather vs Pacquiao and no rematch of Victor Ortiz vs. Andre Berto. Perhaps being disappointed more than being excited about boxing match ups are what fans should come to expect these days. Boxing is a business and fighters these days know that better now than ever before.
To make matters worse. Mayweather vs. Cotto is 4-5 years too late. This fight should have already happened. In the twisted world of boxing, fans were asking for this fight in 2006-2007. However instead of Mayweather facing the bigger Cotto back then he chose Zab Judah who was coming off a loss to unheralded Carlos Baldomir as well as the over matched Baldomir himself.
But just as fans were wondering why Roy Jones Jr vs. Bernard Hopkins rematch finally got made after a decade of fans wanting the rematch, boxing fans are now getting fights they wanted in 2007. The Mayweather Cotto fight is not the worst fight that could have been made and based on the other names that have been circulating as possible opponents; Cotto may be the best choice, other than Ortiz.
And who knows, perhaps Mayweather Pacquiao will be made in 2017.
Sometimes being a boxing fan is a love hate relationship…actually it feels like that now more than ever. Fans can blame the fighters, promoters, television groups and everyone else, but until fans demand fights they want collectively by not purchasing PPVs, live gate tickets, premium cable channels etc, boxers and promoters will not stop giving the fans underwhelming fights. I am not saying a boycott of the sport many of us love and enjoy watching on consistent basis, but if we are going to spend our hard earned money on a PPV fight, maybe not buying bad PPVs fights are a start.
Maybe it’s just me, but I would like to see Brandon Rios face Mike Alvarado and Robert Guerrero fight Juan Manuel Marquez.