LAS VEGAS, Nevada - Manny 'Pac-Man' Pacquiao (56-5-2, 38 KO's) is as important to boxing as a pair of boxing gloves to a fighter, or so it seems. Wait. Scratch that. He just extended his contract with Bob Arum of Top Rank Promotions until the end of 2016. What that means for a possible big showdown with the undefeated pound-for-pound king Floyd 'Money' Mayweather Jr. (46-0, 26 KO's) has just been placed on ice for the next two-and-a-half years—Ouch.
Was that purposely done, because Pacquiao wants no part of Mayweather in the ring and would rather avoid fighting him right now or was he sending out a message to TMT (The Money Team) that his career would still flourish without them and the big dream match? Anyone who knows the relationship between Mayweather and (Top Rank) Arum knows that what could have been possible is now impossible; for now anyways.
Mayweather has made it known that the only way the big 'dream match' with Pacquiao happens is without his promoter Bob Arum. Over the last few years the bad hostility between Arum and Mayweather has gotten worse. The first ten years of his career involved (Top Rank) Arum as his promoter. Mayweather jumped ship after his contract ended with Arum and never looked back. He allegedly felt that he was misrepresented by the promoter and have been on his own every since with a periodic partnership with Golden Boy Promotions.
Fight fans will now have to remove all thoughts of a big showdown between the two boxing icons and focus on fights that are more realistic. Pacquiao's stock is starting to rise again after his rematch victory over Timothy Bradley back in April. He set the record straight and redeemed himself from their first fight which he lost, but most felt he won.
The big one-sided victory Juan Manuel Marguez (56-7-1, 40 KO's) just recently earned over Mike Alvarado (34-3, 23 KO's) has put a fifth meeting with Pacquiao right back in demand. At age 40-years-old, Marquez who is a Mexican boxing legend put a whooping on the younger Alvarado who showed true heart and fought hard the entire fight, but the experience and power he had to endure was too much.
Pacquiao vs. Marquez 5 would sell easily should Arum decides to go that route. It's a no brainer. The profits riding behind this one would do huge numbers in the box office, especially knowing how well the last four meetings between these two did. And—the devastating knockout Pacquiao suffered from the right hand of Marquez in their last fight is still ringing loudly in the ears of spectators. Redemption for 'Pac-Man' would definitely be on the forefront of this fight, should it happen.
As for Mayweather, he's already made it known that his next fight will be Sept. 13, in which no opponent has yet been selected. Three fighters on TMT’s radar who are part of the Golden Boy stable are junior welterweight champion Danny Garcia, welterweight titlist Shawn Porter and interim titlist Keith Thurman. All three are undefeated.
Mayweather is approaching the fourth fight of a six-fight deal with Showtime and CBS. He's so popular as a fighter that there's a long line of fighters waiting for their name to be pulled out of his hat to join others who has benefited from what they call 'The Mayweather Sweepstakes.'
By the time Paquiao's contract with promoter Bob Arum ends, Mayweather will be approaching 40-years-old. His big multi-million dollar deal with Showtime and CBS would be completed. He will parachute away from that deal an extremely rich man and one would have to wonder, if he would even be motivated enough to entertain the thought of a showdown with Pacquiao. Let's be real here. Unfortunately, more than likely that fight will never happen.