Remember that fight that people have been talking about forever, the one where Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. step inside the ring to face each other? Well apparently, Pacquiao’s adviser Michael Koncz suggested that this fight will likely remain a dream.
“I personally do not see the fight between Floyd and Manny happening. If we are not able to win this fight with Rios impressively than yes, it will be time to sit with Manny to discuss hanging up the gloves,” stated Koncz.
Wait a second; are they already talking Pacquiao’s retirement? I don’t know what the deal is, but if Pacquiao defeats Rios, and I believe he will make a short night of it, his stock will once again go sky high, and a fight against Mayweather Jr. will once again be on top of everyone’s mind.
Pacquiao’s loss to Marquez forced Manny off the radar for Mayweather Jr., but a solid victory will place him back where he belongs: on Floyd’s negations table. If Mayweather Jr. is planning on retiring after his contract with Showtime is done, he better hope that Manny stays afloat for a while, so that his final night could be the biggest fight and payday in boxing history.
It appears that Manny Pacquiao is no loner the name that every other fighter wants an opportunity to fight.
As all have heard, Juan Manuel Marquez (who could have potentially fought Pacquiao for the 5th time) is going to be facing Timothy Bradley (who could have also faced Pacquiao for the second time) are going to cross the roped to face each other come September 14th. Both of them have been mentioned on numerous occasions as the possible opponents for Pacquiao.
As a matter of fact, Team Bradley was offered $6,000,000 guaranteed to face Manny Pacquiao in October.
“We have offered Bradley that amount,” stated Koncz in a recent interview.
Being that none of us have heard of any figures being mentioned for the JMM vs. Bradley fight, but I don’t think that it would match or be higher than the $6 million offer.
Is it a smarter and a safer decision for both Marquez and Bradley to fight each other and avoid risking a loss (and it would much riskier for both to fight Pacquiao), or are they actually planning on making more money than they would in a Pacquiao fight?
Of course if Manny wins his next fight in an impressive ‘his-old-self’ style, than the winner of Bradley vs. Marquez would more than likely challenge and fight Pacquiao sometime mid 2014.
On the other hand, let’s not forget Mayweather Jr. Floyd would no doubt love to face Marquez or Bradley as well; an easy fight with a huge payday.
Stylistically, Marquez and Bradley make a for a great action packed fight. Both love to fight rough as well as take time and box smart. Marquez is a counter-punching phenomenon, thus I think that this will be a much more difficult fight for Bradley.
But if Bradley wins, I think that his victory over Marquez would be a lot more significant than was his win against Pacquiao.
Now that there is an entirely new mix of possibilities for Pacquiao, Marquez and Bradley, there are numerous rumors circling around about their future fights.
Marquez has mentioned on a couple occasions that he is more interested in facing Timothy Bradley than Manny Pacquaio, as he believes that there is nothing left to prove against Pacquiao.
Manny and Bob Arum on the other hand have been pretty quiet about their top target for Manny’s comeback fight. There have been rumors, but nothing solid from Top Rank or MP Promotions.
Timothy Bradley and his team on the other hand, are more interested in giving Manny Pacquiao a rematch in order to secure content in Bradley’s heart, due to the fact that his previous fight against Manny resulting in an unpopular victory damaged his name rather than elevated his status.
“I prefer Bradley versus Pacquiao over Marquez. I think he could settle a lot of things inside him, he’ll beat Pacquiao good this time,” Bradley’s manager Dunkin had stated in a recent interview.
Truth be told, I think that this fight would be better for both Bradley and Pacquiao, with both man having a lot to prove to the fans against each other. Having said that, I wouldn’t mind watching Marquez face Bradley, but believe that the fight would have a lot less significance and be less profitable than the Pacquiao re-match.
As far as the fight itself goes, there would be little to no difference in the amount of action we would see. Both Pacquiao and Marquez don’t mind mixing it up, and with Bradley being a true warrior, there would be blood. Although since Marquez prefers to fight in a counter-punching fashion, I think that Bradley would be the one bleeding first.
I assume that we will know sometime next week, as Michael Koncz has suggested that there will be a significant update coming sometime next week.
“We are now looking at October,” suggested Koncz about Pacquiao’s return. At this time there is no mentioned or suggested opponent, but there are constant reports solidifying the rumor that the fight will indeed happen in Asia rather than in the USA. The idea of holding the event in Asia, is to avoid paying high taxes, but I feel will still come with a cost.
There will no doubt be ways to see the fight illegally there, as well as here in theUSAminutes after it’s over, or possibly even a direct stream fromAsia. The marketing profits will be nowhere near the numbers that are collected in theUS, simply because nobody in Asia will pay $45 for a fight t-shirt, while they almost sell out on fight night inLas Vegas.
In any case, Koncz mentioned that we will know more details about the venue and the opponent next week. So keep your fingers crossed that it’s a fight that makes sense and bring excitement to the entire boxing community, and not just the Pacquiao fans.
It appears as though Manny Pacquiao has solidified his return plans, at least as far as the timing, and has stated that his fans should be ready for his September ring return.
“Tell them to be patient. Bob Arum and myself have been talking and will continue talking. What is definite is they’ll see me fight again come September. Not April nor immediately after that as speculations are going,” stated Pacquiao.
“Marquez, according to news reports, doesn’t want to fight me for the fifth time. It actually is up to him. Me? Well, everybody knows I’ll fight anyone. I am not scared of anybody. He doesn’t want to fight me because he won our last fight? Well, as I said after that meeting, lamang pa rin ako, 2-1-1 (win-loss-draw) sa apat na laban naming,” continued Manny.
I assume that the toughest part of his return planning will be picking a formidable and marketable opponent, and truthfully, they are scarce.
Aside from Mayweather Jr. and Juan Manuel Marquez, Pacquiao has no-one of substance to fight. Yes, there are a few interesting fights, but there aren’t any mega-fights that will sell out an arena and bring in record PPV numbers.
It’s no secret that any Pacquiao fight is a hot ticket, but I am afraid that it will not be enough. His comeback fight has to have significance and be worth the money, and Bam Bam Rios will not suffice.
As far as Marquez is concerned, can you blame him? Marquez did something that no one had even dreamed of: he knocked out Manny Pacquiao with one blockbuster punch. If there is an ideal way to retire for Marquez, that was it.
Coming back against Manny is a huge risk for Marquez. Losing his KO victory and possibly getting seriously hurt himself is something to consider, but it does come with a financial premium.
Hopefully, whenever Pacquiao announces his next fight it will be attached to the right name.