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article imageOp-Ed: Mayweather-Pacquiao trilogy possible if Pacquiao wins first fight

By Leo Reyes     Dec 25, 2014 in Sports
A three-fight mini series on the most anticipated fight between unbeaten boxing champion Floyd Mayweather and eight-division world titlist Manny Pacquiao is possible provided the Filipino star wins the first fight
This scenario looms as Mayweather accepted Pacquiao's fight challenge for a grand showdown on May 2 with a variety of conditions that Pacquiao must accept and comply.
In the ensuing fight contract negotiations, Mayweather has talked about his position in the pre-fight talks and Pacquiao's role in it for the parties to reach and agreement.
In his Showtime interview, Mayweather talked about his "A-Side and B-Side" concept which point to him as the party belonging to the A-Side while Pacquiao will have to take the role of the B-Side.
Mayweather quickly qualifies that Pacquiao could also take the A-Side role later in his career but he has to win to take that role. He cited his days when he took the B-Side role in negotiating for a lucrative fight against Oscar de laHoya in 2007.
The unbeaten champ said De la Hoya dictated the terms of the fight being the A-Side and he had no choice but to accept De la Hoya's terms as he belonged to the B-Side.
This is what Mayweather wants Pacquiao to do because at this time he represents the B-Side in the negotiating process.
One probable condition that Mayweather would impose would be a one-fight-no rematch deal if he wins in the first fight but if Pacquiao wins, an automatic rematch clause requiring Pacquiao to face him again for the second or third time will prevail.
In this situation, a trilogy is possible or even a fourth or fifth fight depending on the clamor of the fans.
"I would love to see these guys fight more than once," states the six-time trainer of the year. "And if they split the first two, we could get a rubber match. We could end up having three big fights," said Pacquiao's trainer Freddie Roach in a Fight Saga article.
Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao listens to his coach Freddie Roach (L) during a news conference
Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao listens to his coach Freddie Roach (L) during a news conference
With permission by Reuters / Tyrone Siu
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Roach said that Pacquiao must do a different fight or a perfect game to secure a win against Mayweather, who is noted for his shoulder roll defense.
“He is a challenge. I have a great fighter but we have to fight the perfect fight to win this fight,”Roach said.
Meanwhile Pacquiao's promoter Bob Arum has questioned the May 2 fight plan of Mayweather saying the date is in conflict with the potential fight between Miguel Cotto and Canelo Alvarez to coincide with Cinco de Mayo independence day Mexican celebrations.
Mayweather is sticking to his fight date schedule saying his fight against Pacquiao is way better that Alvarez vs. Cotto 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 DigitalJournal.com
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