Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Delaying Fight Was Brilliant

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Delaying Fight Was Brilliant

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LAS VEGAS - Millions called him a coward, and it didn't have anything to do with his disgusting domestic violence record.

No matter whom Floyd Mayweather Jr. beat, no matter how impressively, it always came back to one lingering question. When are you going to fight Manny Pacquiao?

It came up before and after his fights, when he attended other fights, NBA games and the Super Bowl; when he frequented car dealerships and jewelry stores. Wherever Mayweather went, that's what people wanted to know.

You'd think it would've haunted him to the point he'd have succumbed to public pressure long before now. But Mayweather made excuses and made more millions than he could count fighting everyone except Pacquiao.

Mayweather made the right decision, too.

As aggravating as it's been for those of us who've wanted to see Mayweather-Pacquiao for five-plus years, Mayweather was wise to wait. Had Mayweather-Pacquiao occurred sometime between 2009 and 2012, it wouldn't have been the enormous event it is now.

It would've been huge, undoubtedly the biggest fight of the 21st century. But it wouldn't have generated between $400 million and $500 million in overall revenue.

Those numbers would've seemed unfathomable five years ago.

Even with some saying it's happening too late, Mayweather might make more than $150 million from a single fight. Pacquiao could eclipse $100 million as well if the pay-per-view and gate projections come to fruition Saturday night.

Those are insane sums of money for boxers to make from one fight, especially at a time when boxing has been relegated to a niche sport in the United States.

How's this for context? Mayweather (47-0, 26 KOs) and Pacquiao (57-5-2, 38 KOs) could walk away from their welterweight title fight with more money combined than legendary heavyweight Evander Holyfield made for his entire 26-year career (about $230 million, according to what Holyfield told The Record last year).

It's even more remarkable when you consider Juan Manuel Marquez knocked Pacquiao unconscious in their fourth fight just 2 1/2 years ago at MGM Grand, where Mayweather and Pacquiao will finally fight Saturday night. …

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