May 2, 2015. It’s a date set in the calendar of every boxing fan.
That’s when Floyd Mayweather will finally (fingers crossed) go toe-to-toe with pound-for-pound king rival Manny Pacquiao.
Without doubt I’ll have the alarm set for the bout, or get the tins in and make a night of it. But, despite the obvious excitement, I can’t help but feel disappointed about the whole episode.
The duo, 38 and 36 respectively, are no longer at the height of their powers. This fight had to happen years ago.
Mayweather, at 47-0, may think he’s the best that has ever been but he’s all bluster.
In no way, shape or form is he anywhere near boxing’s ‘Hall of Famers’ he’s ducked the best and hand-picked his opponents.
In terms of ability, five years ago Filipino Pacquiao wins hands down.Sadly, he’s dipped somewhat as his interests away from the ring strengthen.
A bout with Amir Khan would have been a far riskier prospect. Too risky for Mayweather.
Some will say this fight defines his legacy. I would argue it sums it up perfectly low risk.