Until the two men retire, fans will probably never let up on their wish to see Manny Pacquiao & Floyd Mayweather square off & once & for all settle the discussion of who is the best pound for pound fighter of their era. On a larger scale, literally speaking, fans have again seen business override some of the greatest competition the sport has to offer. Recently, light heavyweight Adonis Stevenson made the decision to have his fights broadcast on Showtime, all but leaving a potential bout between two of the elite light heavyweights, Stevenson & Sergey Kovalev, out of the question. Moreover, it has left fans wondering why. Though the fight would in no way have the same magnitude as a Mayweather vs Pacquiao bout, it would be the best fight that could be made at the level the two fight at.
Advisors, promoters, trainers, networks, & contracts are all part of the business that is boxing. Their is a problem though when the aforementioned take precedence over competition. The whole reason fans watch is for the competitive inspiration & excitement they draw from bouts, along with many cases of nationalism. These things have become secondary, so it increasingly & unfortunately seems. Years have passed without the most competitive & highest profit fight being made, Mayweather vs Pacquiao. Lesser opponents have stepped in, yet the Pay Per Views continue to be bought.
So who’s to blame? Many fans would say that they aren’t really interested in finding out who is to blame. The businessman would say that their really isn’t anyone to blame. Fighters continue to claim that they just want to give fans what they want to see (i.e. “Money” Mayweather). The real interest of many prize fighters has become less about the true prize of the sport & more about the hands in the pot. This is old news, but it needs to become an old reality.