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Manny Pacquiao: Top Rank contract extension doesn’t squash potential Floyd Mayweather bout

Joseph Herron Updated
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Although most fight scribes and boxing bloggers have been reporting that a potential Manny Pacquiao vs. Floyd Mayweather Jr. super-fight is all but an ill-fated memory now that the eight division world champion has re-signed with longtime promoter Bob Arum through 2016, fight fans would be wise not to jump to the hasty conclusion. Due to the nature of the fan-driven sport, boxing is always in a state of flux, in which a prizefighter, network, or promoter can and often will shift gears at a moments notice, depending on a great number of factors.

(Cool image courtesy of Round by Round Boxing)

It wouldn’t be the first time that Floyd Mayweather Jr. reneged on a specific position regarding his fight career.

On November 4th, 2006, after earning the lineal Welterweight championship by defeating Carlos Baldomir at the Mandalay Bay resort and casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, the artist formerly known as “Pretty Boy Floyd” announced during the post fight press conference that he would be hanging up the gloves following a lucrative bout with the biggest draw in boxing at the time, Oscar De La Hoya.

When the money making bout with the Golden Boy eventually came and went, “Money” Mayweather announced that he would be postponing his retirement from boxing and lacing up the mitts once again to take on the pride of Manchester, England, “The Hitman” Ricky Hatton in December of 2007.

After stopping Hatton the tenth round, Floyd Jr. subsequently announced his retirement from the sport yet again, claiming that he had lost the passion to compete in the squared circle.

Following a dubious stint on “Dancing with the Stars” and an appearance on WWE’s “Wrestlemania”, Mayweather again changed his mind and decided to make his triumphant return to boxing in September of 2009; taking on Mexican fight legend Juan Manuel Marquez.

The adjustment in attitude and direction of Floyd’s career didn’t stop there.

Subsequent to enduring a lucrative relationship with HBO Sports for 16 years, while earning the network hundreds of millions of dollars in the process, Floyd decided to “sever” his relationship with the cable giant and sign an unprecedented six-fight, 30 month deal with Showtime PPV/CBS in February of 2013.

The move to the rival network was a shock to most within the boxing community and greatly affected the landscape of the sport.

But after two luke-warm PPV bouts against Robert Guerrero and most recently Marcos Maidana, and a huge monetary and ratings success opposite Saul “Canelo” Alvarez in September of last year, it’s hard to predict how Floyd’s deal with Showtime Sports will eventually play out.

While Mayweather has insisted that a monumental bout with the Pacman won’t be possible as long as the Filipino icon remains fighting under the Top Rank banner, that sentiment would indeed change if market indicators weren’t favorable to either Mayweather or Showtime Sports.

The “hurt business”, albeit an entertaining, fan driven pastime, is exactly what the Mike Tyson description entails…boxing is and always will be a global, money making entity.

If Showtime PPV/CBS doesn’t turn a profit with Mayweather in 2014, it’s hard to imagine the network not favoring a mammoth collaboration with Manny Pacquiao and Top Rank, Inc. sometime in 2015.

But who knows…by that time, Keith Thurman, Shawn Porter, or Danny Garcia could turn into legitimate mainstream commodities.

Only time will tell what the consistently inconsistent world of boxing will offer the passionate and die-hard fans of the Sweet Science.


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