Roger Mayweather for a long period of time has kept the top dog status in the world of boxing. Manny Pacquiao at one point in time was also considered the top fighter in the world. Between the two the public expected a super fight that would have probably grossed in the hundreds of millions of dollars.
Mayweather of course still has his undefeated record. Manny Pacquiao on the other hand was beaten on the scorecards by Timothy Bradley and was knocked out by Juan Manuel Marquez even as he was by most people’s opinion winning that match. This super fight between these two top fighters was dead in the water. However, right after the convincing win by Manny Pacquiao against Brandon Rios in Macau the hype for the super fight started up again.
In the past, Mayweather and Pacquiao have always found convenient reasons to not get together in the ring. Recently it seems that Mayweather has been the one who has been reticent to get in the ring with Pacman. This is logical because he is also the more successful and higher-rated boxer currently. Let’s face it “Money”, at this point, has everything to lose and based on past performances in the ring by Manny Pacquiao, he should have all the leverage.
This makes the upcoming Pacquiao fight with Timothy Bradley a must win. Pacquiao needs to have a convincing win and if possible a knock out to victory in this next fight. That would remove Bradley from his bucket list. Maybe then a rematch with Juan Manuel Marquez or the dream fight with Mayweather would receive a boost of becoming realities.
April 12, 2014 would be a major crossroads fight for both Timothy Bradley and Manny Pacquiao. Bradley though he garnered a landmark victory for his career in their previous encounter was basically vilified by the public because of what many perceived us an unfair decision by the judges in that fight on June 9, 2012. Manny Pacquiao on the other hand suffered the loss and promptly continued on his boxing career with his most lackluster performances in the ring.
Both boxers at this point should be anxious t o further their careers. The one who wins this fight will move on to bigger and better things. The one who loses will suffer a major setback in terms of popularity, how they are perceived, and the availability of lucrative fights in the future. Both fighters have a point to prove and must do so convincingly and without question.
At the end of this fight lies the pot at the end of the rainbow. After this week only one man will receive the gift of optimism when they next enter the ring.