I'm not one to encourage actions taken out of revenge because the most dangerous thing one can do is play into his or her own desire for payback. But what I am advocating now more than ever is the super fight between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather. I think given the outcome of last night's bout with Victor Ortiz, given his long infamous rep as a dirty fighter Floyd Mayweather needs to be taught a lesson in class, integrity, and humility. Now, first off I didn't see the fight as it aired on HBO PPV because well honestly I don't have cable and since I couldn't see the biggest boxing match of the weekend I settled for my second love which is college football.
But what I saw on Youtube in the form of highlights I was disgusted at the level of opportunism and disregard Floyd has for his opponents. He truly is the most disrespectful fighter I've ever seen because he believes he's so above everyone else the rules simply do not apply. I've always been critical of Larry Merchant and his tendency to let his personal feelings for a fighter, often negative feelings for a fighter get in the way of his commentary, I couldn't help but to give him a pass when he confronted a brash and aggressive Mayweather during the post-fight interview. I don't know what his problem is but Mayweather is fast becoming if not already the most hated boxer since Mike Tyson before Tyson fought Lennox Lewis nine years ago.
If you remember the world wanted Tyson punished for all his in ring and out of the ring bully tactics and they looked to someone like Lennox Lewis to end his reign of menacing terror and thuggery. I think we could be witnessing the 147 pound version of what we got in 2002 when two great fighters in their mid 30s finally gave the fans the fight they had been clamoring for. The set up is similar, the two best welterweights left standing after the likes of Cotto, De La Hoya, Mosley, Margarito, and now Ortiz fall to the wayside. I only assume Marquez loses in November because I think people are dead on when they say this version of Manny Pacquiao is much different and light years better than the Manny Pacquiao Marquez met as a super-featherweight.
The storyline will lead into November and barring any surprises once Pacquiao settles the score with Marquez the destiny of two great welterweights will collide on the same path toward the inevitable conclusion. A fight between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao is too big for the MGM Grand, it's too big for Madison Square Garden. No, not even Cowboys Stadium could hold such a momentous event that has become the likely courtroom to judge Money Mayweather. That fight, and the story lines in boxing that proceed it will center around Floyd, not Manny. Manny will simply serve as the only man standing between what was right about the sport and what is wrong with the sport today. I hold no personal ill toward Floyd Mayweather, I enjoy his skills in the ring and his antics outside to an extent. But his ego sometimes gets in the way of what the sport could be in the future after he hangs up his gloves. There's no question the "Me first" approach to a boxer's career can both rake in the cash and kill the sport at the same time by not allowing the fights fans want.
Well fans want this fight and I believe it will happen next year. Question is where should it take place? If you really want to re-introduce the sport in 2012 to both hardcore and casual spectators then I suggest they shoot for the LA Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles. You have the perfect promo city in LA which brings star power to a whole new level, and I have no doubt this fight would fill a 100,000 seat football stadium given the numbers at Cowboy stadium for Pacquiao/Clottey and Pacquiao/Margarito.
So what do you guys think? I prefer we skip the rematch talk and go straight for the super fight, and maybe down the line you could have a match between Amir Khan and Victor Ortiz, winner gets the winner of Mayweather/Pacquiao in late 2012.
Or how about this for a hypothetical card:
Canelo/Cotto or Canelo/Chavez Jr.
Rios/Katsidis (If Katsidis beats Ricky Burns)