Floyd Maywaeather beat Marcos Maidana on Saturday in what many are saying was his closest fight in years. So of course talk from the Mayweather and Maidana camps today is migrating toward a rematch, or even a Manny Pacquiao vs. Maidana fight.
But lets get real. Mayweather-Pacquiao is the only fight that makes sense — it’s the one that everyone has wanted forever. Floyd has been avoiding it like scurvy (sorry apologists — you know it’s true). Now that both of them seem to be on the back slopes of their respective careers and abilities, it would lose some of the luster that it would have if it occurred seven years ago. But it would still be a huge fight — a money-maker to exceed them all, and an intriguing matchup.
And “The Greatest” agrees.
— Muhammad Ali (@MuhammadAli) May 4, 2014
Muhammad Ali was never one to avoid an opponent, and he has the scars to prove it. Unfortunately Floyd Mayweather — despite his prodigious skill — will never exist on Ali’s level. And the simple reason is that Mayweather cherishes his unbeaten record more than the sport itself. What Mayweather fails to grasp is that Manny Pacquiao will forever be linked to his legacy, whether he fights him or not.