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A Look At Mayweather vs. Pacquiao


By. Kayla  Lewis*

March 1, 2015

It’s been a little over a week since the boxing world received its wish of the past 6 years. Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao have finally come to terms and agreed to meet in the ring on May 2, 2015.

On a personal level, I truly had my doubts about whether the fight would ever finalize and had long ago decided to stop holding onto hope. After all the drama that has ensued these past years, the entire debacle about whether the two would meet and who would win just turned into a circus show, a theory, more than a promise. The fans had had the carpet pulled out from under way to many times to count, accompanied with rumors flying every which way. At a certain point the smart decision seemed to be to just walk away and try to remember boxing included more than just Pacquiao or Mayweather. I considered that to be the ‘realist’ form of handling the situation with maybe a tinge of pessimism.

Floyd signed his six fight contract deal with Showtime and saving ‘the best for last’ could ring true here. Neither boxer agreed on a rematch clause issued for this fight, but one has to think should the first encounter be as magical as we all hope it to be, a rematch will be very much possible in common and monetary sense. However, there is no doubt at the same time, this fight is coming way past its due date. Both fighters have visibly lost a few steps, as Pacquiao was KO’d and Mayweather looks a bit more hittable lately.

If you’re a pessimist, your response to the fight being made is probably in the ballpark of, “They’re both old, past prime and the fight won’t be as good”. Or if you’re an optimist by nature, you’re probably saying, “Better late than never.”

At this rate, I’d say both answers are acceptable.

As a boxing fan, my only expectation for the mega-fight is one thing. I hope with all the nonsense and back-n-forth war of words ‘Team Pacquiao’ and ‘TMT’ have had with each other, which was at times rather vulgar and depressing, that the boxing gods don’t decide to smite us in the end. After all, this is the fight that will formally declare who the best boxer of our era is and I anticipate it will live up to all the surrounding clout and be everything we’ve all dreamed of. The biggest goal for every boxing fan on this earth, should be for it to NOT turn out to be the ‘pretty girl with the ugly personality’ kind of fight.

We’ve waited too long and have settled fo… Ah, there goes that pessimism again.

But I digress.

If you asked me a few years ago who I thought would win and why, I might have had a whole soliloquy ready for you. Now? I find all of that to be unnecessary. My early prediction for this fight is that I don’t have one. Every fan, be they avid or casual, should simply just enjoy this. Two of the most celebrated boxers of this generation are going to square up and answer every doubt, question mark and assurance we all may have thought we did or didn’t have. Let’s all just relax and prepare to be entertained!

It’s only a small time to go until those Vegas lights will shine a little brighter and thousands will flood her streets. From booked hotels, to sold out tickets and the chance to set the record as the most successful fight in history, the stage is set and this fight is enormous. So big, perhaps the world is not enough.

*Kayla Lewis is a regular contributor for 8countnews (where this article originally appeared) as well as the Pound 4 Pound Boxing Report Blog.


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