Things couldn’t have gone any better for Manny Pacquiao when he squared off against Brandon Rios at the Cotai Arena in Macau, China on Nov. 23.
Pacquiao, who went 0-2 in 2012, dominated his 12-rounder against Rios from start to finish; silencing critics who felt the Filipino congressman’s days as an elite boxer were over after Juan Manuel Marquez brutally knocked him out last December.
Clearly, Pacquiao (55-5-2, 38 KOs) still has a little bit left in his tank.
With the dominant performance turned in against Rios, talks about a potential super-fight against Floyd Mayweather are, once again, commonplace.
“That fight should happen, particularly after that performance,” Pacquiao’s promoter Bob Arum said. “If everybody wants it to happen, it can happen. I mean, there’s no impediment. It’s been done before.”
Interesting comments from Arum since every attempt to organize Mayweather vs. Pacquiao has been derailed by unnecessary impediments.
First, Mayweather’s request for Olympic style drug testing (OSDT) during the first round of negotiations was too demanding, then came a meaningless ultimatum.
During the last round of negotiations, Arum used every excuse in the book from Pacquiao needing more time for a cut to heal, to the MGM Grand not being big enough for a super-fight. The entire fiasco wouldn’t have been so bizarre if Arum wasn’t vehemently campaigning for a May 2012 fight against Mayweather when it appeared Money would not be able to make the date due to legal troubles.
Arum’s bluff was called when a judge postponed Mayweather’s sentence, then the excuses started flowing.
There was also a disagreement on how the pay-per-view revenue generated by a Mayweather vs. Pacquiao fight should be split.
Last time around, Manny felt a 45/55 percent split — with Mayweather getting the larger share — would be fair, but, even with his dominant performance against Rios, he’ll need to go a lot lower than that during the next round of negotiations if he wants to be taken seriously by Mayweather’s camp.
Clearly, there are obstacles — primarily Arum — in the way of a Mayweather vs. Pacquiao super-fight, so for now, the fight remains exactly what it has always been: A fantasy that keeps the public’s attention on both men.