Now we wait

There is no fight bigger than a possible showdown between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao. None.

So Pacquiao defeated Joshua Clottey by a shutout and Mayweather defeated Shane Mosley with scores very close to a shutout. The former got approximately 750,000 pay-per-view buys and the latter will get around 1.1 to 1.2 million buys according to Kevin Iole of Yahoo! Sports. The buys Pacquiao and Clottey got were understandable. Clottey isn’t known to bring in fans. It’s safe to say that 700,000 of the people who got the pay-per-view bought it because of Pacquiao.

However, the 1.1 to 1.2 million hits that the Mayweather-Mosley fight got is a little disturbing. These two Americans are ranked second and third in the pound-for-pound rankings of almost all boxing aficionados. They both have a strong fan base and even had an HBO 24/7 Series, which undoubtedly attracted more buys. Richard Schaeffer of Golden Boy Promotions boldly predicted that the fight would get 4 million buys. Now it seems that it would barely get one-fourth of this figure.

Mayweather was banking on an astronomical number of pay-per-view buys so he can run it on Pacquiao’s face and demand a bigger piece of the pie should they meet. But I don’t think he’ll have a ton of bargaining power by selling 1.1 to 1.2 million buys.

Mayweather-Pacquiao is the fight of our generation. It is a fight we will all fondly look back at when we’re talking to our grandchildren how boxing was way better in the old times. Let’s just hope both camps figure it out and come to an agreement. Boxing needs a mega fight and it can’t be more mega than Mayweather-Pacquiao.

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