The latest date sought after for boxing’s most elusive match-up is May 2nd.
May 2nd is said to be the date when half a decade of melodramatics come to a point, and Floyd Mayweather finally steps into the ring to box Manny Pacquiao.
Of course, long-standing deviations are never solved by simple measure; at least not between these fighters. Plenty goes into negotiating a a world title fight, and oh-so-much more for the possible nine-digit affair Mayweather-Pacquiao represents. The boxing world usually holds strong rapport for such a thing, but, sometimes, we still let reality slip by us when hopes are oh-so high.
The game of “he said, she said” has already kicked off, with reports on television negotiations are crossing from done-deal to dead-deal. Yes, no matter how tantalizing, the Mayweather-Pacquiao bout appear far from locked in, while the men in suits beguile with the talking heads trying to grab their next big scoop.
In short, this is nothing you haven’t already seen or heard. But since the boxing community has yet to abjure to the whole Mayweather-Pacquiao fiasco, this is the consequence you are meant to face.
Myself — whatever had you consider me writing my opinions on the web — am completely adverse to the sea of other media-types. They leave themselves restlessly making declaration of their latest findings on social media; while, truthfully, the fight has lost it’s luster to me, as has reporting on it. Whatever theory boxing journalists come up with will be disproved by another surfacing not even an hour later. It is a game that is more likely to end in ho-hum than the greatest boxing spectacle in the modern era; not that I feel the fight would even be if it were to happen!
Why do the media waste their time? Why are they so infatuated with this fight, and the seemingly insoluble issues that surround it? Well, because you want to read about Mayweather-Pacquiao. Because boxing cares that the two best fighters of a generation box each other — like they should — the media hounds the story, and doesn’t let it escape public eye. Since that is impossible during the stage of private negotiations, we’re left with a palate of confusion and misinformation. It leads to unstructured journalism and an amorphous flock of the boxing fans and other outside bodies flummoxing to it’s lead.
And, again, this is what happens when we choose to become one great militia; fighting for answers to questions in which there are none to give. Answers are created by the press; whom find themselves looking for people to view their websites and publications. You get your fix on the “superfight”, they get your attention. Quid pro quo.
Both Mayweather and Pacquiao’s careers are on the downswing, and the sport will see the end of each one soon after the other. That is a heavy load to carry if you are a boxing promoter. Every era has had at least one or two superstars; at least 3-4 high-octane bouts. This last progeny of fighter had two and one. We didn’t get the one, but we did just about everything to the capacity of the two. Boxing should be able to move on and accept that; even if it is just so a new era of boxing can take flight.
Until some groundbreaking development — no, forget that. It is time to let it go, and let the chips fall where they may. The likeliness of that happening is slim, but the likeliness of Mayweather Vs. Pacquiao happening is…well…you get the picture.