Finances and drug testing protocols have long been roadblocks to cementing an extremely lucrative bout between the 36-year-old Mayweather (45-0, 26 KOs) and 34-year-old Pacquiao (54-5-2, 38 KOs).
“The Fighting Pride of the Philippines” will face Brandon Rios on November 24 at the CotaiArena in Macau, China.
Comparatively, in an utter mismatch, Mayweather earned a majority decision over precocious brawler Saul Alvarez on September 14 to gain the WBC light middleweight crown.
“It was plain to see that Mayweather gave a boxing lesson to Canelo and it was a great performance. But, I believe that Manny is the only fighter at the present time that can cope with and counter Floyd’s form,” said Koncz, one of Pacquiao’s advisors. “Manny is concentrating on Brandon Rios right now and fans can expect to see a very exciting action bout because of Rios’ straightforward style. However, Manny’s speed, power and experience will prevail over the youth, heart and guts possessed by Rios on November 23 in Macau.”
Battling in front of thousands of passionate Asian supporters, Pacquiao’s “speed, power and experience” should finish the inferior Rios (31-1-1, 23 KOs) within 11 rounds next month.
Meanwhile, as the reigning pound-for-pound king, Mayweather is tentatively slated to battle an unnamed opponent on May 3.
A defensive virtuoso defying Father Time with an incredible work ethic, Mayweather seems destined to equal Rocky Marciano’s 49-0 mark and retire as an unbeaten titleholder.
In stark contrast to The Ring “Fighter of the Year” in 1998 and 2007, Pacquiao is a faded pugilistic legend who a neurologist claimed is exhibiting initial signs of Parkinson’s disease.