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Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao in September?

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"I'm willing to fight Floyd but now it's up to him," said Manny Pacquiao at the Pacquiao vs Rios post fight press conference.

(Awesome image courtesy of CrownBoxing on Instagram)

Manny Pacquiao was dominant in his victory over Brandon Rios last night and exercised discretion in what could have seemingly become a very horrific beating.

There are some who say Manny wasn't dominant enough, insisting he should have attempted to knockout the two division champion, but Pacquiao has significantly improved as a boxer and if victory is certain, why take the risk of being knocked out to get a knockout when you're dominating the fight?

Pacquiao proved last night he's still among the elite in the sport so why not give him an opportunity to challenge the pound-for-pound king?

The Filipino superstar is as deserving, if not more, than Amir Khan, Danny Garcia and anyone else in the Mayweather Sweepstakes. Also,  many of the obstacles that previously served as road blocks to Mayweather vs Pacquiao, like VADA testing, are no longer issues.

Top Rank Chief Executive Officer Bob Arum is open to negotiations and is, now, willing to compromise to finalize the mega fight.

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It seems Manny Pacquiao and company have placed the burden heavily on Mayweather's shoulders. The pound-for-pound champion is the ultimate decision-maker as he holds the key to a fight that fans have been clamoring for since 2009.

The man who has nicknamed himself 'Money' cannot be hesitant to pursue what he is ultimately after - money. This epic bout would still shatter all pay-per-view records as both fighters' fame has risen over the years.Mayweather vs Pacquiao would feature the two highest-selling PPV icons of the last two decades.

  1. Floyd Mayweather vs. Oscar De La Hoya – Estimated PPV buys 2,400,00

  2. Floyd Mayweather vs. Canelo Alvarez - Estimated PPV buys 2,200,00 (last reported number)

  3. Mike Tyson vs. Evander Holyfield II – Estimated PPV buys 1,990,000

  4. Mike Tyson vs. Lennox Lewis – Estimated PPV buys 1,950,000

  5. Mike Tyson vs. Evander Holyfield – Estimated PPV buys 1,590,000

  6. Mike Tyson vs. Peter McNeely – Estimated PPV buys 1,550,000

  7. Floyd Mayweather vs. Miguel Cotto – Estimated PPV buys 1,500,000
  8. Manny Pacquiao vs. Juan Manuel Marquez III – Estimated PPV buys 1,450,000

  9. Floyd Mayweather vs. Shane Mosley – Estimated PPV buys 1,400,000 (Tied)

  10. Oscar De La Hoya vs. Felix Trinidad – Estimated PPV buys 1,400,000 (Tied)

  11. Evander Holyfield vs. George Foreman – Estimated PPV buys 1,400,000 (Tied)

  12. Mike Tyson vs. Frank Bruno – Estimated PPV buys 1,370,000

  13. Manny Pacquiao vs. Shane Mosley – Estimated PPV buys 1,340,000

  14. Floyd Mayweather vs. Victor Ortiz – Estimated PPV buys 1,250,000 (Tied)

  15. Manny Pacquiao vs. Oscar De La Hoya – Estimated PPV buys 1,250,000 (Tied)

  16. Manny Pacquiao vs. Miguel Cotto – Estimated PPV buys 1,250,000 (Tied)


Monetarily, Pacquiao is still Mayweather's most lucrative option.

Pacquiao is scheduled to fight next on April 12, 2014 while Floyd Mayweather will step in the ring again May 3.

Neither have an opponent and both are technically open for those dates but Mayweather vs Pacquiao is not likely to happen next spring. However, if both are victorious in their 2014 debut, a September showdown between these fighters is possible.

Only one last roadblock remains and it's Floyd Mayweather. If he accepts, the fight everyone has been waiting for will finally come to fruition.


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