UFC 103 is in the books. Belfort steamrolled Franklin and we all know what happens next. Belfort is now a top contender at 185, if not the top contender, whereas Franklin has cemented himself as a high level gatekeeper in the 205-pound division. Mirko Cro Cop is completely finished at the upper levels fo MMA, whereas Junior Dos Santos has earned his spot as a legitimate contender. Tyson Griffin, Paul Daley, and Josh Koscheck are all officially contenders in divisions that have a plethora of them. Good luck with that, gentlemen.
One thing that is uncertain in the fight world is whether the Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao mega-fight will ever take place.
Make no mistake about it: this is the fight that boxing needs. There is literally no other fight that the sport can put on now or in the near future that will match the pure hype that this fight will generate. But the problems are multiple. First off, Pacquiao needs to overcome a significant challenge in Miguel Cotto. I’ll admit that I am not a massive boxing fanatic, but from what I understand Cotto is like HPV: when you think he’s gone he comes right back to sprout offensive puss all over you.
Pacquiao is obviously the favorite to beat Cotto, but it is by no means a guarantee. If, for argument’s sake, he completes the task, a fight between him and Floyd sounds like a no-brainer. Then again, Fedor-Couture and Fedor-Lesnar sounded like no-brainer’s as well. The difference is MMA and the UFC specifically will (and has) continued to flourish despite those fights coming together. There have been (and will be) multiple stars that can headline cards. The same can not be said for boxing, and I would very much to like find a hardcore boxing fan who would argue otherwise.
A majority of the boxing world is making a big deal out of the management and promotional issues that would be present in a Mayweather-Pacquiao fight. As an admitted outsider looking in, I call bullshit. As Darwin once said, “When motherfuckers need to survive, they do whatever the fuck they can to survive.” I believe that was from his 1859 book “The Origin of Species” or possibly from his 1863 book “Fuck All Y’all Bitches.” Either way, this fight will happen.
The monetary incentive for both sides is too great. This fight could potentially outdraw 2007’s De Lay Hoya-Mayweather bout and become the biggest event in boxing history. On top of that, the athletic incentive for either fighter would be unprecedented: the winner would become the undisputed pound-for-pound king. Boxing insiders will argue back and forth on the intricacies of why this fight may not take place but, when it comes down to it, the potential benefits are too great for either party to ignore.
If Manny Pacquiao is able to get past Miguel Cotto, these two men will fight. And, for once, the boxing world will be correct in saying that “The World Is Watching.” If you happen to be a hardcore MMA fan who doesn’t care about any of this then you’re obviously just a skinhead faggot.
Personally, I just love watching people getting hit in the face. Call me a blood lusting heathen. Call me an alpha male. Call me the “defintiion of a man.” In any case, this shit is going to be awesome.