Your guess is good as mine on whether the boxing match between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao will take place on March 13 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Many are wondering whether tickets to Manny Paquiao fight will actually result in an event.
Let's back it up a bit to examine the issues.
- The Mayweather Jr. camp is accusing Pacquiao, the pride of the Philippines, of taking performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs). The accusations seem to come out of nowhere.
- Mayweather demanded Olympic-level drug testing for the bout (which includes 6-7 random blood tests before the fight, which can occur 24/7) despite the fact that the Nevada boxing commission already has drug-testing guidelines.
- Pacquiao agreed to blood tests (boxing usually only does urine tests) but not the number that Mayweather demanded. (Pacquiao allegedly is not fond of blood tests & thinks it's unnatural and weakens him).
- Pacquiao has filed a defamation suit.
Floyd Mayweather Sr. and the fighter's uncle and trainer, Roger Mayweather, have been running their mouths to any sportswriter and broadcaster who will listen. According to the Los Angeles Times' Bill Dwyre:
It really got ugly when Pacquiao trainer, Freddie Roach, who also took a lot of punches over the years but seems to have retained better clarity, said, in perhaps the sports put-down quote of the year, "This is all coming from Floyd Mayweather Sr., a disgruntled trainer who couldn't prepare his fighter [Ricky Hatton] to last past the second round against Manny. Just because he's a convicted drug dealer doesn't make him a drug expert."
I've heard enough talk. I don't pretend to be an expert on boxing, but I know when I've heard a bunch of baloney. To understand the issues better, I turned to Ishmael, my go-to person on all things related to boxing. This is how Ish sees the drama:
I think it's a tactic by Floyd to:
- get into Pacquiao head
- cast suspicion around Pacquiao's achievements in the fight falls through or in the chance the Pacquiao is victorious
- generate buzz to make the fight more lucrative
Makes sense to me.
Clearly, a lot of money is at stake. Pacquiao and Mayweather Jr. are great boxers and have nothing to prove to anyone. I'm in no position to say who would win. Fans seem to be split evenly on who would take home the prize.
Without question, this would be the boxing event of the year. According to projections, the match has the potential to become the highest grossing fight in boxing history. If I could, I'd certainly go, and I'd take Ishmael with me.
But when will the soap opera end? Stay tuned.