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Op-Ed: How Mayweather could surpass PPV record in rematch with Pacquiao

By Leo Reyes     May 30, 2017 in Sports
Floyd Mayweather is trying hard to sell his proposed comeback fight against MMA fighter Conor McGregor but isn't really sure if the fans will buy the fight because it could be a potential mismatch as McGregor hasn't fought as a boxer since turning pro.
While there are indications that the fight could generate over a $100 million in revenues, there is no assurance that fans will actually buy the fight when the promoters begin to sell it on pay-per-view (PPV).
Boxing experts are expected to educate fans about the strength and weaknesses of both fighters even before the promoters start to sell tickets for the fight.
Even at this point in time when McGregor reported that he has already signed the contract for the fight, Mayweather is taking time to decide on it with finality. He probably knows that fans may have a change of mind before buying the fight.
The perceived demand for the fight is brought about by the massive awareness campaign by the promoters to gauge the eventual sales that can be generated once Mayweather signs on the dotted line.
McGregor is a very popular MMA fighter in the UK and even in the US but fans will realize before parting with their hard-earned money that the fight isn't worth watching because it is indeed a mismatch which will only benefit Mayweather by grabbing his record 50th win to break Rocky Marciano's career record.
McGregor has very slim chance of winning over Mayweather in a boxing match. The popular MMA fighter hasn't fought as a boxer from the time he fought as mixed martial arts fighter.
Mayweather is by far the most skilled fighter in the sport, a feat that is confirmed by his unblemished career record. There is no way McGregor could come near his skill level without first engaging in actual boxing fight against an opponent who is rated by sanctioning bodies.
Apparently the fight is being pushed for the fighters' own selfish motives with utter disregard for the paying public. The fight is all about money for McGregor and prestige plus money for Mayweather.
The only fight that could generate at least half of what Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao made in their last fight which was reported at over $500 million would be a rematch between the two but with one condition so the public will know what to expect.
The condition would be for Mayweather to fight toe-to-toe with Pacquiao for at least six of the 12 rounds assuming the fights goes the distance. This will assure fans that Mayweather won't run as he did during the last fight which made the fight boring to watch.
To assure fans that Mayweather would engage for at least six rounds, he should commit to refund half of the cost of ticket sold. It may be recalled that ticket holders were asking for refund after the fight saying it wasn't worth their money.
The reason why the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight made a sinful amount of money on PPV was due to the fact that both of them had reigned as the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world and two of the highest-paid athletes in the sport.
For his part, Pacquiao did his best to entertain fans by pursuing Mayweather all night long despite his injured shoulder but he could not please the fans without Mayweather doing his part.
Obviously, Mayweather came to win on points by engaging a little bit and then running away for safety. It has been Mayweather's style for most part of his career.
Floyd Mayweather chatting with Manny Pacquiao
Floyd Mayweather chatting with Manny Pacquiao
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Pacquiao's longtime trainer Freddie Roach still looks forward to the Mayweather-Pacquiao rematch because he knows Pacquiao is capable of beating Mayweather with two good hands, referring to Pacquiao's right shoulder injury which happened before and during the fight.
But this time, Roach said Pacquiao needs to win impressively against Jeff Horn on July 2 at the Suncorp Arena in Brisbane, Australia.
“I don’t know if it’s going to happen but I do know this, to get a rematch with Floyd Mayweather, he (Pacquiao) should be impressive in the fight [against Horn],” Roach, 57, told The Manila Times in an interview. “I told Manny he should win and get a knockout too.”
“That is what I’m telling Manny, he should be impressive,” he added.
If Mayweather is amenable to commit six rounds of close if not toe-to-toe fighting, fans will definitely buy the fight and there is a great possibility it could even generate more than the revenue generated during their last fight.
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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