Is He Really Coming Back?
Footage from a Las Vegas nightclub obtained by ESPN shows Floyd Mayweather facing off with Manny Pacquiao and promising to fight him before the end of 2018. Obviously, this would be a huge matchup, but it’s not necessarily a done deal, as seemingly every sports news outlet would have you believe. Sports fans sometimes forget that there are many factors that go into making a fight happen. And there’s also the not-so-small factor of getting Mayweather and Pacquiao to actually agree to fight.
In any fight, there first needs to be a negotiation phase, which typically takes a few weeks to a couple of months. This is done in order to sort out who gets paid (fighters, promoters, TV broadcasters, etc.), how much they each get paid, and more. That said, the negotiation phase for a potential Mayweather v. Pacquiao II would take much longer than a matter of weeks. Also, there’s the issue that fighters usually spend about 2-3 months prior to a fight doing intense training on a daily basis. Just this alone would seemingly rule out the possibility of seeing this matchup before the end of the year. But there’s one other factor that could make this rumor become nothing more than that: Floyd Mayweather, or rather, Floyd Mayweather’s ego.
The stories about Floyd Mayweather’s ego are legendary: buying multimillion-dollar mansions, wearing million-dollar outfits and even traveling with hundreds of thousands of dollars at all times. The fact of the matter is that Mayweather loves attention and will do seemingly anything to get it. And with the GGG-Alvarez megafight happening the within 24 hours of the news, Mayweather only cares about making the story about himself. That’s why this rumor should only be taken with a healthy grain of salt. Mayweather has a reputation for stirring up rumors only to have them come out to nothing. That said, this would likely be the only match that Mayweather would come out of retirement for, and that’s why people are talking about it.
I don’t know if this match will happen, though I do know that there’s virtually no way that it’d happen within the next three months, but if it does, it would obviously be the biggest boxing match of the last few years.