Well, boxing or fight sports fans got a rematch, but it might not be the one we all anticipated. Floyd Mayweather is expected to return to the ring and take on Manny Pacquiao in a rematch of their fight back in May 2015.
Mayweather has everything a modern day boxer, or even an average Joe, could want. He boasts an unblemished record of 50-0. He has hardly been tagged, due to beautiful, tactical defense. In other words, he doesn’t have the wear and tear of a fighter that has been in the ring for so long. Lastly, he has money.
So, why enter the ring again to face a familiar foe?
Well, Mayweather wants his money.
The 41-year-old boxer has earned a billion, with a “B”, in his career as a boxer according to Investopedia. However, Celebrity Net Worth says he is worth $560 million currently. One could make the case that Mayweather is being greedy while others would say he has expensive taste, including gambling, so he needs to cash in while he can.
Fair enough as I see the privy from both angles.
What about Pacquiao?
Pac-man can benefit in this fight monetarily as well. He is worth $190 million and of course beating Mayweather will only add to his earnings. Not to mention, this would be a hallmark win for him.
This fight is well past what it could have been a few years back, exciting. Now, it appears as nothing more than stale and austere. Sure, many might watch it, but I think its safe to say that we would rather have seen Mayweather fight Conor McGregor again.
There I said it.
If there is a rematch between Mayweather and Pacquiao, boxing fans shouldn’t expect much of a difference from the first go-round. In fact, you should be familiar with Mayweather’s gameplan.
Mayweather will entertain us early on making us believe that he is showing signs of age. Pacquiao may land a few significant strikes. In the end, Mayweather will outwit him and use his jab and one-two combo effectively, leading him to win by decision.
For Pacquaio, he would need to outsmart Mayweather. That is highly unlikely as Mayweather’s IQ is off the charts. The only other option Pacquiao has is to knock him out.
The boxers might as well bring a Brinks truck ringside and ask everyone in attendance to put their money and expensive belongings in a bag.
Mayweather and Pacquiao feels forced and random at best. The two boxers will continue to gauge the public’s interest to see if they should make the fight happen. After all, boxers are as cunning as charlatans these days.