Via Allan Fox: Retired stars Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr were in front of the media today in Japan. As odd as it may seem, 45-year-old Mayweather and 43-year-old Pacquiao will run into each other in Japan.
Mayweather has been out of the ring since 2017, and young boxing fans have never seen him fight. To them, he is just an old man who refuses to give up the sport despite his advanced age.
This could be a staged event to start early promotion of an exhibition match to sell to the boxing public on a pay-per-view basis.
However, whether fans are interested in seeing Pacquiao and Mayweather fight 10 to 12 rounds in an exhibition fight at this point remains questionable.
Their previous bout in 2015 was unbeatable, as Mayweather played it safe, throwing jabs and moving through the night against an injured Pacquiao. After the fight, Pacquiao pushed for a rematch, but surprisingly Mayweather didn’t want to participate in a second fight.
“There is no blueprint for how to beat Floyd Mayweather; He can tell you that for himself,” Mayweather told the media with Pacquiao around. “Nobody has a blueprint for how to beat Floyd Mayweather. EASYDon’t let them trick you into getting your ass again.“
“He’s older than me; I’m still young, so what I’ve done and achieved in boxing is one-of-a-kind,” said Pacquiao. “To win [titles in] eight different weight divisions is not easy.”
It can be doubted that fans will be willing to pay to see Mayweather and Pacquiao rematch. It’s been so many years since they last fought and people no longer see them as relevant as they were back in 2015. If they were to fight now, it would be another old chronological war, and that’s true. boredom.
It seems Mayweather’s opinion has changed about not wanting to go into any second fights with Pacquiao. Some would say that Mayweather’s dwindling PPV numbers for his exhibition fights have left him desperate for a big cash fight with Pacquiao and Conor McGregor. Conor, he’s said he’s not interested in a rematch with Mayweather, so Pacquiao is in the spotlight.
Mayweather will be fighting a three-round fight tonight against Mikuru Asakura in Saitama, Japan. So far, interest from US fans in Mayweather’s showdown against Mikuru has been minimal. Fans see it as another mismatch for Mayweather, and they’re not interested in buying it on a pay-per-view basis.
Of course, Mayweather and Pacquiao’s meeting in Japan today could help entice some older fans who want to open their wallets to order Floyd’s show tonight. Without that, Mayweather-Mikuru would likely be seen by very few fans in the United States.
Pacquiao will face DK Yoo in December and Jaber Zayani in February.
“When we talk about what’s going on in the squared circle, I’m the best,” Mayweather said. “No matter how you judge it, no matter how you cut it, no matter how you cut it if you go back 100 years, 300 years back, so far, only one person the best, and that’s Floyd Mayweather.”
Mayweather’s comment about him being “the best” shows that he’s lost his grip on reality. He’s not the best, and he’ll be destroyed if he fights the likes of Errol Spence Jr, Jaron ‘Boots’ Ennis, or Terence Crawford.
In historical terms, Sugar Ray Leonard and Tommy Hearns are both more serious contenders than Mayweather. When Floyd fought at the age of 147, he played it safe, fought beatables for the most part, and stayed away from Pacquiao until he was defeated by Juan Manuel Marquez and Tim Bradley.
Only after Pacquiao began to show signs of slipping did Mayweather finally fight him, and it was a horribly boring bout with many boxing fans feeling they were ripped off.