A Mayweather-Pacquiao fight has been batted around for years now. It's obvious that they're the two best pound-for-pound fighters on the planet. For many casual boxing fans, this is the only matchup anyone wants to see. For avid fans, this is a match made in heaven.
How does Pacquiao feel about it? In an interview with PhilBoxing.com, he says he's all for it.
"I've said this over and over before and I'm saying this again: I want Floyd Mayweather, Jr. to be my next opponent and I haven't changed my choice despite recent developments. I am meeting with my promoter, Bob Arum, on Tuesday and I will insist that the fight with Mayweather be given the preference"
Therein lies the problem. Despite tough talk, Arum always seems to be a bit intimidated by the thought of a Pacquiao-Mayweather fight. His most recent comments indicate that he anticipated Mayweather looking for an easier opponent in May, and that November would be the optimum time to schedule the superfight, but also that he wouldn't be opposed to a May bout.
Now is the time for them to make this happen. Mayweather is desperate to get it done, and neither fighter really has anyone left to fight. Pacquiao could theoretically fight Juan Manuel Marquez again, since their last fight was a pretty close decision. But what is there to gain? He's already beaten Marquez twice, and fought to a draw in their first fight. A loss would be devastating, and another win would just be redundant.
Mayweather has been picking apart everyone who has stepped in front of him. No one has really given him a challenge lately, and Pacquiao is the only one who can even remotely make a claim to be a better pound-for-pound fighter right now than Mayweather.
If it happens, there's no doubt that it would shatter every PPV record imaginable, and could be the biggest fight in boxing history. Some say that it HAS to happen, to "save" boxing. I disagree. I think it would get unparalleled hype and attention, but once it's over, it will be over. If anything, it could remove the last bit of suspense left in the boxing world.
But I still want to see it. Let's make it happen, gentlemen.