Mayweather-Pacquiao II: A case of once bitten, twice shy?

ABS-CBN Sports on May 06, 2015 06:19 PM
Mayweather-Pacquiao II: A case of once bitten, twice shy?
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Amid the maelstrom of controversy surrounding their first meeting, American Floyd Mayweather Jr. recently expressed his willingness to take on Filipino Manny Pacquiao in a return bout, assuming that the latter fully recovers from the shoulder injury he sustained. 

Mayweather Jr.’s announcement comes at a time when the so-called ‘Fight of the Century’ is being bamboozled with criticisms for turning out to be a huge marketing farce. 

Mayweather Jr. defeated an injured Pacquiao by unanimous decision and was heavily criticized for employing a safety-first approach that ran contrary to his pre-fight vow to put up the dukes with the ‘Pacman.’

The Nevada Athletic Commission is currently investigating Pacquiao for failing to disclose that he had suffered a shoulder injury some three weeks before the fight. 

As if the situation cannot get any worse, a $5 million class-suit has been filed against Pacquiao and Top Rank Promotions by boxing fans who felt they were hoodwinked into buying tickets and placing bets on a fight that was doomed from the outset with one of its combatants being badly injured. 

With plenty of issues in the first fight remaining unresolved, Mayweather Jr.’s announcement of a return match is clearly ill-timed. The moment it is established that fraud and other shenanigans attended the first meeting, you can bet the rent money that the rematch is as good as dead. 

This early, the MGM Grand in Las Vegas has made it clear that it is no longer interested in playing host to the return bout. 

Mayweather Jr., of course, just had to make the announcement to diffuse the criticisms that he ran away from a Pacquiao who was badly injured. In the event the rematch no longer happens, Mayweather Jr. just wants to put on record that he offered Pacquiao a return bout. 

Truth be told, the mere thought that Mayweather Jr. will resort to the same hit-and-run tactic in the rematch is enough to convince fight fans to stay away. 

Moreover, the performance of both Pacquiao and Mayweather Jr. in the first fight convinced many that they should have really met in 2010, the year the bout was originally scheduled to take place. 

By the time the rematch happens, Mayweather Jr. will be 39 years old and Pacquiao will be 37. From being the ‘Fight of the Century,’ the sequel is likely to earn the tag ‘Battle of the Aged.’  - by Atty. Ed Tolentino

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