Finally! Mayweather-Pacquiao a reality
February 24, 2015 3:00 AM
by Mike North
Finally! The long awaited fight between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. is set for May 2 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Better late than never.
There was no one left for Mayweather to fight and waiting two or three more years would not have served the public or either fighter well, so the big event is a go.
Over the last five or six years the best fighter pound for pound has been Mayweather, but that may be over with now as middleweight Gennady Golovkin just defended his title against Martin Murray and thoroughly dissected him. Golovkin extended his record to 32-0 with 29 knockouts and continues to be impressive.
The Mayweather vs. Pacquiao match is being compared to Ali-Frazier largely because of the big money and impact of social media. It will be Mayweather’s biggest fight ever, but I don’t think it can compare to the Ali-Frazier fights. That was a phenomenon that seized and captured the world like no other.
There have been plenty of huge and exciting matchups before like Hagler vs. Leonard, Duran vs. anyone and most of Thomas “The Hitman” Hearns bouts. I agree this upcoming fight will be huge and the proposed $99.95 pay-per-view price tag is a new high, but people are even more excited because the frequency for these types of fights has dwindled.
It’s too early to predict who will win and the edge goes to Mayweather early on, but Pacquiao will be a relentless opponent. Even so, some of the luster might be off the rose with Manny because of his five losses compared to Mayweather’s undefeated record. Right now, let’s just enjoy the fact it will finally be determined who the best fighter in the world really is.
Mike North has been in sports radio 20-plus years. He is heard weekly on the national FoxSports Radio network, writes a twice-weekly column for the Daily Herald newspaper and does videos for their website three times a week. Listen to his podcasts at http://www.foxsportsradio.com/media/podcast-fox-sports-daybreak-fsrdaybreak/. Follow him on Twitter @North2North. Contact him at MikeNorth@GamingToday.com