The news is just coming across the media outlets that Floyd Mayweather Jr will not have to serve time behind bars in the first half of 2012, that a deal has been cut. As you may have heard, Mayweather was sentenced to 90 days in jail, supposedly set to start January 6th of 2012. That has been pushed back to June, which means a showdown with Manny Pacquiao for May could be in the works. The judge sited the monetary impact on the economy of Las Vegas as a reason for the postponement, as Mayweather has reserved a May 5th date at the MGM Grand. So is this superfight really gonna happen? A little while ago I would have said ‘no’, but now I’m not so sure.
Mayweather is no longer ‘Pretty Boy’. He has made it clear he wants to be called ‘Money’. Well the man clearly likes the benjamins, and over the years the thought has been to wait and build up a Pacquiao fight so as to maximize the money. Well Mayweather is a savvy character, and he must have noticed that since Pacquiao’s November fight, that public interest has waned ever so slightly in the bout. If the total pot of cash is declining after a peak in interest, then best to grab it as soon as possible.
So on January 6th, when he was supposed to be turning himself in to begin his sentence, Mayweather was either at home sleeping, or blowing on a pair of dice at his favorite Vegas haunt. This deal was likely cut a little while ago, and we have been led thru a drawn out promotion for the fight.
Pacquiao is reported to be nowhere near as rich as he should be, so he will likely take the biggest payday possible, and that remains Mayweather. The other opponents being thrown around for Pac Man include a rematch with Miguel Cotto, a 4th bout with Juan Manuel Marquez (includes talk of a 5th return bout as well), Timothy Bradley or Lamont Peterson. Not a single one of those bouts will bring in the cash that Mayweather will, and Pacquiao and especially his entourage of Freddie Roach and Bob Arum are not likely to leave money on the table.
So come May 5th, at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada, if all goes well we will finally get a chance to see the boxing superfight that has been years in the making, Floyd Mayweather Jr vs Manny Pacquiao.
With all that is going on in the lives of both men, I would install Mayweather as the early favorite, but that could all change. Pacquiao is feeling increasing pressure fight to fight, while Mayweather seems to thrive on it. I have a feeling the pre fight build up for this one could turn out to be more entertaining than the actual fight!