Even casual fight fans know that the biggest fight that can be made in the game hasn't been made. They aren't sure why they haven't seen Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao, the sport's two top draws, get it on, but they've been introduced to many theories.
That Floyd fears he might get beat is the most popular reason. But that line of thinking is about to be tested, quite possibly, with Dan Rafael breaking the news that Team Mayweather wants to do Mayweather-Pacquiao on May 5, and with Pacquiao promoter Bob Arum's seeming disinterested in pursuing negotiations for that megafight. Arum indicated to Rafael that he's inclined to set up Pacquiao-Juan Manuel Marquez IV rather than what many have referred to as the Super Bowl of boxing.
This will have Floyd fans barking loud and long that it is Pacquiao who is ducking Floyd, not the other way around.
To say that animosity is muddying the mix here is an understatement. Pacquaio is moving forward with a defamation suit against Mayweather for implying he uses PEDs. Also, the promotional team Mayweather works with is Oscar De La Hoya and his Golden Boy Promotions, and there's an ocean of bad blood between them and Arum. Also, Pacquiao has been a cash cow for HBO, as his pay-per-view fights run on their PPV arm, and some insiders are reading the announcement that ex-Golden Boy counsel Stephen Espinoza has been hired to run Showtime boxing to mean that Showtime will now have a "Golden" flavor to their slate.
I could list another bunch of impediments to The Fight 2012. There are many reasons why this superfight might not happen. But there's one stellar reason that really should stand tall over any other: the fans want it. That is clear. They are the customers, and while I do not think the customer is always right, in this case, the customer is spot-on. I urge all the parties to get together, let bygones be bygones, figure out how to divvy the sure-to-be-swollen pie up fairly, indulge in some holiday spirit, and get it done. For the fans, just get it done.
For the fans, just get it done.
P.S.: Please put the fight in Madison Square Garden.