By Brian Stubits
Round 3: Fight?
It's been a few years now that boxing has been waiting, hoping, praying for the match of the century. And unlike college football's rematch of the century, this one would be sure to give the sport's ratings a massive jolt.
But everybody knows this match has been nothing more than a tease for years when it comes to discussing the dream bout of Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao. It's the best bout boxing could put together in a long time, it just won't materialize.
It seemed like we were really close to seeing it happen a little more than a year ago. The fight was reportedly agreed upon, all they had to do was work out the fine-print details. That's when Mayweather began demanding Olympic-style drug testing to make sure his opponent was clean. Pacquiao was willing to oblige, to a point. With Mayweather unwilling to bend on the strictness of the testing, the fight was again called off.
It was another round of feeling out that ended with no punches being thrown. Everybody lost.
Well here we go again. Mayweather has challenged Pacquiao to a fight over Twitter (and presumably through more traditional channels too, one would hope).
As Mayweather so eloquently mentions, his jail sentence for a domestic abuse charge was pushed back because his attorney informed the court that Mayweather is scheduled to return to the ring for a fight on May 5, what has become essentially America's version of Boxing Day.
But naturally he needs an opponent. So now we'll get this same song and dance again.
Will Mayweather's recent issues lead him to showing a little more willingness to bend to make this fight happen? Probably not. He did just win $400,000 betting on Alabama on Monday night.
I think I'm like the rest of the world and won't believe for a second this fight will happen until the bell sounds at MGM Grand and they are both in their trunks. Until then, Mayweather will likely continue to try and show publicly he's not the one who doesn't want to fight.
Now we just await word from the Filipino congressman himself, Pacquiao.