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article imageOp-Ed: Do boxing fans still want Pacquiao-Mayweather fight?

By Leo Reyes     Jun 11, 2013 in Sports
After four years of failed negotiations between Filipino boxing star Manny Pacquiao and unbeaten American boxer Floyd Mayweather, Jr., their promoters are still talking about the possibility of the fight happening as early as next year.
Every year for the past four long years, the camps of Pacquiao and Mayweather have been actually meeting or talking about the staging of boxing's most wanted fight.
But every time their handlers face each other on the negotiating table in more than three years, they always end up blaming each other for the failure of the negotiations.
Among other things, both camps have failed to reach a settlement on contentious issues such as purse sharing, drug testing protocols, prize guarantees, and even matters of less importance such as, billing, brand and weight of gloves, catch weight, etc.
After years of waiting for what appears to be the world's biggest boxing event in history, fans have surrendered to the idea that Pacquiao and Mayweather do not really want to fight despite the huge payout they will both get. Otherwise, they would have fought long time ago.
The reasons for their reluctance in facing each other in the ring, depends on which side the fans belong.
In the case of Pacquiao fans and supporters, they claim that Mayweather is really scared to face Pacquiao because he knew he could lose to the Filipino star after seeing what happened to Ricky Hatton, Oscar de la Hoya and Antonio Margarito.
This was the reason, the Mayweather camp reportedly concocted the performance enhancing drugs (PEDS) allegations against Pacquiao to make it hard for Pacquiao to agree with the terms of the fight and to eventually discourage him in pursuing a fight with Mayweather.
They also claim that a loss to Pacquiao could taint his unblemished record which is the centerpiece of his marketability. Being undefeated in his professional career, Mayweather brings credibility to his claim for greatness which puts him eventually in the position of strength in negotiating for the terms of the fight with prospective opponents.
For Mayweather fans, they claimed that Pacquiao is a dirty fighter, having indulged in the use of PEDS to gain an advantage over his opponent. They also claimed that Pacquiao's refusal to agree on Mayweather's proposed random drug testing protocol caused the fight negotiations to fall apart.
Mayweather Jr. upon his arrival at the ESB
Floyd Mayweather
Oliver Iglesias
Now, they are saying that Pacquiao is no longer a viable opponent for Mayweather owing to his two successive losses against Timothy Bradley and Juan Manuel Marquez.
But Pacquiao remains one of this year's top prize fighters in the world despite successive defeats and long layoff from the sport.
Sports Illustrated (SI), ranked Pacquiao No.6 in a list of the top 20 international sportsmen representing different sports from around the world. Read more:
Pacquiao's adviser Michael Koncz is still upbeat on the possibility of a Mayweather fight, more so if Pacquiao wins over Brandon Rios on Nov. 24.
"Right now, Manny's focused on Brandon Rios, but Floyd is always a possibility," Koncz told Ring TV. "We've always said that we would fight Floyd.
"I think that Manny will have to have an impressive win in light of comments that Floyd has made about Manny losing his last two fights, and I think that if Manny has an exciting and impressive win come November 24, then Floyd won't have any excuse if he really wants to fight."
Mayweather is set to square off with Mexican boxing sensation Saul "Canelo" Alvarez on September 14 at MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada while Pacquiao will face Brandon Rios on Nov. 24 in Macau, China.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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