Does The Pacquiao vs. Mayweather Jr. Bout Depend On The Juan Manuel Marquez vs. Pacquiao Outcome?

In reading various boxing forums, I have realized that there is a huge chunk of people that strongly believe that the only way a Mayweather Jr. vs. Pacquiao fight would possibly happen and make sense, is if Pacquiao is able to decisively beat Juan Manuel Marquez later this year. Many boxing fans see Pacquiao’s loss as a huge roadblock to Mayweather Jr., as it would indicate that Manny is no longer the machine that he used to be, and that his loss to Floyd would now be that much more likely.

What if Manny does lose his fight against Marquez yet ends up fighting Mayweather Jr. anyway? Does this mean that you will not be watching the fight if such a scenario arises? Would people not pay for it? Would the Dallas Cowboys size arena not sell out in minutes?

Look, in my opinion, this fight is no longer, and hasn’t been for a while, about the fighters and their true abilities. The true winner based on their boxing skills is no longer the main focus, as the significance of the fight has over the years slowly transitioned to a war of races and ideologies. You have the Pacquiao fans and opposite them the Mayweather Jr. fans, and they will support their character and make excuses if needed no matter what.

Their rivalry has already become of historic proportions, and they haven’t even fought yet. The fight will never lost its colossal financial incentive for either fighter, never lose the bragging rights for the fans, and will certainly always have its lucrative spot in boxing history.

Think of it this way: Manny Pacquiao vs. Floyd Mayweather Jr. is a completely separate event, which has neither time nor the fighter’s prime conditioning constraints. If this was not the case, then why it is that after all this time, after all the years that have passed since the pot began boiling, their proposed fight and their names are still the most talked about topic on any and all boxing forums out there?

 

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