Manny Pacquiao insists he wants to fight Floyd Mayweather before his boxing career is over, but he’ll need to do a lot more than beating up on the likes of Brandon Rios to prove to the boxing community that he’s still good enough to give boxing’s pound-for-pound king a solid test.
After all, many thought Pacquiao’s boxing career was over when Juan Manuel Marquez sent the Filipino congressman face first to the canvas during their fourth tilt in 2012.
Still, Manny thinks he’s the best test out there for “Money.”
“I do have one specific goal and that is to give the boxing fans the fight they have always asked for [with Floyd Mayweather],” Pacquiao explained. “I want that fight too. I believe good faith negotiations could produce that fight, but it is impossible to negotiate when you are the only one sitting at the table. Two fighters who want to fight each other have never been kept from fighting each other.”
Manny hasn’t been particularly impressive since the devastating knockout loss to “Dinamita,” and the once-feared puncher has failed to secure a knockout in over eight fights.
Pacquiao is currently set to face Chris Algieri on Nov. 22, a disappointment for hardcore boxing fans hoping to see the former WBO welterweight champion take on tougher challengers like Saul “Canelo” Alvarez or Robert Guerrero, men Floyd Mayweather has decisively defeated.
Unfortunately, for Manny Pacquiao, his decision to continue picking what he sees as easy fights tremendously hurts his chances of securing a super-fight against Floyd Mayweather.
After all, you can’t make a legitimate case for fighting the best boxer in the world if you’re not willing to fight men that weren’t even able to give Mayweather competitive battles.
Fortunately for Pacquiao, he can still prove he has what it takes to solve the yet unsolved May-Vinci puzzle with a convincing victory against Marcos Maidana, the only man who has managed to make Mayweather look remotely human in recent years.
Even better, Maidana is game.
“He [Pacquiao] is the biggest thing for me after Mayweather, and [it makes] business [sense to] fight him,” Maidana told BoxingScene.com. “There is a desire to stage something here, but it would be very difficult to make a fight so big in Argentina.”
Getting such a fight organized is a lot easier said than done considering the history between the promoters involved in this scenario, but it does make a lot of sense for all sides involved. A win against Maidana would put Pacquiao in an excellent position to negotiate with Mayweather, and fireworks are pretty much guaranteed, meaning many fans will tune in to watch, meaning more pay-per-view money.
It’s no secret, Maidana likes to walk guys down, and Pacquiao doesn’t mind trading shots with his opponents every now and then.
Whether Pacquiao is game for such a tough challenge remains to be seen.
There’s a very good chance Maidana will put him away if they ever meet inside the squared circle, and Pacquiao seems to be avoiding risky opponents these days.
He’ll need to man up and fight Maidana sometime early in 2015 though if he’s serious about ever getting a shot at Floyd.
For now, Pacquiao is better off spending less time focusing on Mayweather, and more time preparing for his upcoming fight against Algieri.
David is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and boxing practitioner who has watched and studied MMA for the past 9 years. Send him your questions @davidkingwriter.