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Boxing | Its Future Without Pacquiao and Mayweather

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The future of boxing. For so long we have seen two men dominate boxing.

Manny Pacquiao, the punch-them-through-a-wall warrior is a born crowd-pleaser.

We have also had Floyd Mayweather, the premier slick counter puncher. He has been the disciplined tactician and perhaps the best ever at what he does.

I am not saying that Mayweather and Pacquiao are finished as I think Mayweather is better than his performance against Cotto and Pacquiao is better than his performance against Marquez. However, it's safe to say that both men are coming to the end.

We are so used to dominant champions so when fighters' eras come to an end, we question the future.

We ask if boxing will have a slow phase or go into decline as we can't see anyone on the horizon to fill the shoes of soon-departing super-legends of the sport - But this rarely happens in the boxing as a whole, although specific weight divisions can go stale.

For example, the heavyweight scene hasn't been the same since Lennox Lewis retired in 2004. Nevertheless, the welterweights filled the void with Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather and all the Pacquiao vs Mayweather drama.

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Once upon a time people said Pacquiao would be nothing more than a crowd-pleasing brawler but the Filipino slugger climbed to the top of the pound for pound rankings. You can't become the world's only 8 weight world champion on brawling alone.

I remember a time when it seemed no one liked Floyd Mayweather and refused to pay to see him due to his cautious style of fighting. But today, Floyd Mayweather is not only the highest paid boxer in the world, he's the highest paid athlete on earth.

And after so long at the top, Mayweather is still unbeaten.

Ten years ago, how many people would have expected Mayweather and Pacquiao to be where they are today?

And, yes, boxing is perfectly positioned to replace both.

Adrien Broner is looking like a talent for the future. He has his share of naysayers but perhaps they represent the same contingent who insisted  Mayweather wouldn't become a star?

And what about Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez?  He's looking more and more like a pound-for-pound blockbuster. It's easy to dismiss fighters when they haven't been fully tested but many fail to recognize the potential they have already exhibited.  If Canelo is handled properly, expect him to gradually move up in the pound-for-pound rankings.  

His future, thus far, looks very bright and I think he will eventually become a great fighter.

Both Broner and Alvarez are not quite ready to fill Pacquiao and Mayweather's shoes - However, in the meantime we have Andre Ward. He is already a top-level pound-for-pound fighter and its looking like he will remain there for awhile.

The future of boxing, with or without Manny Pacquiao and/or Floyd Mayweather, is bright.


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