MANILA, Philippines – Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) owner Lorenzo Fertitta laments the opportunity that was lost to boxing when Filipino icon Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao was knocked out by Juan Manuel Marquez.
“Gotta strike when the iron is hot, boxing,” Fertitta tweeted. “Lost Manny/Floyd forever.”
Fertitta is referring to the potential super-fight between Pacquiao and unbeaten American superstar Floyd Mayweather Jr., which has gone unmade for several years now.
Though it will most likely be the biggest money fight in boxing, the Pacquiao-Mayweather bout is even more unlikely to happen following the Filipino’s loss.
In his tweet, Fertitta added the hashtags #GSPvsSilva and #SilvavsBones, referring to potential fights between Georges St-Pierre and Anderson Silva, as well as Silva and Jon “Bones” Jones.
Silva, the UFC middleweight champion, has been asking for a fight against welterweight champion St-Pierre for several months, though a bout between Silva and Jones, the light heavyweight champion, may also happen.