Manny Pacquiao vs. Floyd Mayweather Jr.: December 2012 Would Be Way Too Soon

With TMT Promotions in play and now the sudden date change for Pacquiao’s next fight (via ESPN), the speculations of an impending Pacquiao vs. Mayweather Jr. bout were hitting a new high.

People were hoping that the change in date would allow Mayweather Jr. more time to recuperate from his jail time and properly prepare for his December fight against Pacquiao.

First of all, don’t jump to conclusions. A change in date could have happened for a whole spectrum of reasons not involving Mayweather Jr. It could have been due to Manny’s conflicting schedule in his political responsibilities, or maybe even a family matter that needed to be the priority.

I, for one, hoped that the Mayweather Jr. vs. Pacquiao bout wouldn’t happen this year; it’s too soon. When discussing a fight of this unparalleled magnitude, there should be absolutely no room to make any excuses, and with the fight happening in December of this year, there would be an entire world of available excuses for both fighters to make.

Manny Pacquiao could blame lackluster performance on the fact that the fight date was changed and it conflicted with his various non-boxing related tasks. He could say that he was distracted by his political career during training, or maybe even had to leave the camp for some time to deal with other important matters.

Mayweather Jr. would have plenty of room to say that this fight was forced too soon and that there was not enough time for him to properly get back into shape and prepare for it. He would likely claim his body was not the same after serving his sentence, and that recovery took longer than anticipated. Thus, training could have started later and didn’t go as smoothly as it should have.

Not that either Pacquiao of Mayweather Jr. are the type of fighters who complain or give any excuses, but once again, this fight is an entirely different animal and neither fighter would be content with a loss.

This fight needs to happen later, possibly in the middle of 2013, with a huge time buffer to make sure that anything and everything that could possibly interfere with the preparation for this fight is out of mind and out of the way. Both fighters will likely have an entirely different training camp for this mega fight. It would be longer, more intense and most definitely aggressively simulated via a tremendous number of rounds with various sparring partners.  Also, let’s not forget that the media part of this event would require some time for themselves, shooting various HBO specials, etc.

Every fight for a champion is an important one, but there are only a few legendary fights that simply cannot be topped as far as historical significance goes. For both Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr., this would be that fight, and the only thing that should be on their mind during preparation, is each other.