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Holyfield: Mayweather-Pacquiao winner will be decided by politics

Is a potential Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao fight doomed to be another of boxing's eyebrow-raising spectacles?

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Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

Former heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield was asked about a potential mega-clash between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao, which we're all perhaps foolishly choosing to believe is on the horizon finally, and while he believes that the fight is still great, he also expects the winner to be all but decided ahead of time.

"Boxing chooses who boxing wants to win. That's just how it is. Generally, it's a pick ‘em fight. But if they want Floyd to win, he'll win. If they want Manny to win, he'll win."

Holyfield, 52, cited his own fight with John Ruiz in 2001 and Larry Holmes' loss to Michael Spinks in 1985 as examples of boxing picking winners, and he also figures that Mayweather has never been afraid of the fight, but realizes the risk involved due to boxing being "what it is."

"It's a big risk because you know what the game of boxing is. The game of boxing is one of those things where if they don't want Mayweather to win they just won't give it to him. He realizes that. And (then his) record is gone down the drain. I don't think he's afraid. He recognizes that in boxing, people do what they want to do. And they just say, ‘You lost.' They cheat people. Who hasn't been cheated (in boxing)?"

Given that we've all had our beefs with boxing, that we all suspect at least some level of corruption -- or "incompetence," if you're a very kind and forgiving soul who sees the world as filled with rainbows and sunny days, having never had all your dreams and hopes crushed ruthlessly by the machine -- is this an overlooked part of the delay in making this fight a reality? Could Mayweather, who has been around the block for 20 years in pro boxing, who knows how it all works, be concerned that he'll get robbed, thus losing his undefeated record in controversy and scandal, ostensibly to set up the huge money rematch?

Is that the "boxing is a business" issue that we don't talk about enough? Fighters realizing that even if they win, they might get screwed, and thus their power takes a hit?

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