MANILA, Philippines – A panelist in an ESPN sports show believes that a megafight between pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. will probably not happen, which would be a “colossal letdown” for the sport and its fans.
On the show First Take, hosts Jay Crawford, panelists Skip Bayless, Jalen Rose, along with rapper Fabolous, debated about the potential fight between Pacquiao and Mayweather.
Even though they hope the fight would push through, they believe that a Pacquiao-Mayweather match will not take place – at least, not in the near future.
Instead, fight fans will be treated to the 3rd installment of Pacquiao versus Juan Manuel Marquez.
“That’s good news for Marquez, bad news for fight fans,” said Crawford.
Floyd still ducking
According to Bayless, the fight will not happen because Mayweather is ducking Pacquiao.
“I’ve said for three years... I believe Floyd (Mayweather) is afraid of (Manny) Pacquiao, and I believe that more than ever right now,” said Bayless.
The beating that Pacquiao gave Shane Mosley last May 7 scared Mayweather even more, Bayless said.
Guest analyst Rose agreed. The former NBA player said that if the fight were to happen, “it would have taken place by now.”
Fabolous, however, expressed what most fans want. “We have to see this fight... I don’t want Mayweather to fight anyone else.”
For the rapper, the other “little fights” in boxing are not as compelling as a Pacquiao-Mayweather bout. He said any other match would be a letdown.
Crawford still hopes that the fight will happen because it will be a “colossal letdown if we never see these guys share a ring."
A fight between Pacquiao and Mayweather has been on boxing fans' wish list for years now.
“How much would you pay right now, if the fight were in Vegas next week?” Crawford asked Bayless.
“I don’t want to say it publicly, because it will be a lot,” Bayless replied.
Even if it seems as though the fight everyone is waiting for will never happen, Crawford still held out some hope.
“We know in boxing, the drama builds, and builds, and builds. If it happens – when it happens – can you imagine the hysteria, the pay-per-view numbers, and the purse for both fighters?” he said.
In the meantime, the countdown to November 12 has begun after Marquez signed the contract for the fight.
Pacquiao is expected to sign his part of the contract soon.