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Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. are fighting for boxing supremacy. Maybe not in the ring anytime soon as adversaries, but definitely competitors as to who truly is boxing’s cash cow.
Right now, Pacquiao sits atop boxing’s food chain with his 8-divisional World Titles, Pound-for-Pound King status, numerous endorsement deals that continue to grow, and has faced tougher opposition in the last couple of years on top of being the more active fighter.
Conventional wisdom suggests that if Mayweather truly wants to reclaim his throne as boxing’s top dog, beating Pacquiao inside the boxing ring would be the logical thing to do. But Mayweather and logic go hand-in-hand like Godzilla and Tokyo City, but he, together with Golden Boy Promotions, do have a plan to stay on top and even outmaneuver the Pac Man and Top Rank. And I must say myself, it’s a good one.
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If you have been following my column for a few years now, you know my track record in terms of my foresight. If not, then you’re just going to have to trust me… or not. I see how things are shaping with how GBP plans to promote and cash-in on their blue chips with Mayweather. I call it “The Youth Movement”.
I’m talking about Golden Boy Promotions’ trio of young stars in 24-year-old Victor Ortiz, 24-year-old Amir Khan and 20-year-old Saul Alvarez. These are three of the hottest rising stars in the sport at the moment, and Mayweather would be wise to capitalize on facing these promising kids, especially right now, while they have yet to reach their full potential. I’m not saying they are all hype, but let’s be honest here, these youngins ARE NOT on that level- at least not yet. And as admirable as their bravado may be, Mayweather will be too good, too skilled, and too experienced for any one of them.
And yes, any of these three propositions will generate a lot of money, and Mayweather would get credited for facing younger up-and-comers instead of ‘past-their-prime’ opponents. And losing to Mayweather won’t hurt any of these kids’ careers either, as long as they don’t get beat up bad. When was the last time you saw Mayweather beat up a guy bad anyway? He makes them look stupid in the ring, but hurt them bad? That Mayweather is long gone. Chalk up a loss to Mayweather as a learning experience against one of the best, and the kids can tell the tale of how they got schooled by a legend for years on after. Catch my drift?
Bob Arum’s incorrigible greed aids in the plan too, as he will likely pit Pacquiao against opponents that won’t really add to the Fighting Congressman’s ring legacy, long as the bottom line satisfies his soul- which means other Top Rank fighters. Unfortunately, at the moment, Top Rank has ran out of big names and formidable opponents to feed Pacquiao. After the Marquez trilogy, don’t be surprised if they’re going to try and peddle a rematch with Miguel Cotto or a fight with the undefeated Mike Jones. Yes, Mike Jones is young and undefeated too, and an African-American boxer from Philly at that, but come on now, Jones has yet to achieve enough to warrant a fight with Pacquiao, and isn’t anywhere close to the marquee names Ortiz, Khan and Alvarez already are. He hasn’t even won a World Title yet.
Truth is, Pacquiao and Mayweather really are the only remaining threats for each other as of the moment in their natural weight class which is at 147 as welterweights. Moving up to 154 will be too much for the smaller Pacquiao who has never weighed-in more than 145 pounds for a fight. The bigger Mayweather on the other hand can move up to seek real challenges. But come on now. If Mayweather didn’t fight Margarito or Paul Williams back when they were at 147, what makes you think he would pursue fighting bigger guys right now? Plus, he doesn’t have to. The kids will do.
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