Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Who Will Be Remembered Between Pacquiao and Mayweather Jr. in Boxing History?


By Alon Calinao Dy: Boxing has become one of the most popular sports in the world today despite the emerging popularity of other sports like MMA and wrestling. Now, many of us know the names of Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. Some people would even say that Pacquiao can easily defeat Mayweather due to his aggressive nature, while others believe that Mayweather would beat Pacquiao due to his quickness and accuracy. Of course, this mega-fight between the two pound-for-pound fighters in the sweet science should have happened long time ago, but unfortunately the bout did not take place for some reasons.

The first name that comes to my mind when I think about a boxer who has excellent defensive styles is none other but Mayweather. On the other hand, I consider Pacquiao as a fighter who has superb offensive skills when it comes to breaking down the walls of his opponents. I do believe that Mayweather and Pacquiao are meant to face each other in the ring soon. It’s quite interesting that lots of people are still intrigued about this fight, asking who is the better fighter of these two pugulists.

The sport of boxing has to go through an immense struggle for the reason that boxers today do not actually challenge themselves for looking tough opponents, as they become cherry pickers and business minded-people. Most of the time their trusted promoters are the ones who decide everything. For instance, although Pacquiao has the final say and is willing to fight Mayweather anytime and anywhere, his Top Rank Promoter Bob Arum is also a problem because has to have another opponent for the Filipino boxing champ if he sees Mayweather’s camp has no intention to make a deal.I mean there’s no initiative for both camps to wait for this fight to happen.

Of course, to be fair, I do not want to blame Golden Boy Promotion for this alone, owing to the fact that it all depends upon Mayweather to take the challenge and promoter Bob Arum to settle their issues in the past. It’s not Pacquiao’s fault that until now we are not having the dream match that everyone loves to see. Also, it’s always Mayweather’s decision to go for a green light since no one can influence his plan right now.

Muhammad Ali, Joe Louis, Sugar Ray Robinson, Sugar Ray Leonard, Marvin Hagler, Mike Tyson, Jack Dempsey, Julio Cesar Chavez, Rocky Marciano, Henry Armstrong, Willie Pep, Lennox Lewis, and other fighters are considered as one of the greatest boxers of all time. Among the greats mentioned above, the question is, where is the place of Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao in boxing history? This is one of the most controversial questions in the 21st Century by millions of boxing fans around the world. Most people are saying that all their credits will go to Pacquiao since he is not afraid to fight anyone including Mayweather Jr. Thus, he will be remembered as one of the best and exciting boxers in the sport of boxing.