Sugar Ray Leonard on Mayweather-Pacquiao Bout

Even though WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather and WBO champ Manny Pacquiao won’t be facing each other any time soon, the prospect of a super-fight between the two is still on the minds of many boxing fans.

Boxing legend Sugar Ray Leonard is one of those fans, and he feels Pacquiao and Mayweather have a limited window to make the fight happen.

“Speaking as a boxing fan, naturally I want to see that fight – and I want to see it sooner rather than later,” Leonard said in an interview with SunSport. “On the strength of Pacquiao’s last fight against Marquez, you had people saying that Mayweather would definitely win should they meet. But you can’t say that because it would be an entirely different fight between Pacquiao and Mayweather. I think it’s a great fight and from a psychological standpoint, I’d give Mayweather the edge, although I wouldn’t bet my house on it. That’s what makes that fight so significant and intriguing, because either man can win. … It won’t be the same if they leave it much longer.”

Leonard certainly brings up some valid points about a potential Mayweather-Pacquiao fight, and I agree with the assessment that Mayweather would probably walk away victorious if they ever met inside the boxing ring.

Even though I found myself irritated with the many excuses Pacquiao and his camp used to avoid a May 5 clash with Mayweather (Floyd wasn’t exactly playing ball either, refusing to accept a 50/50 split), their behavior was not completely irrational.

Pacquiao struggled against Juan Manuel Marquez’ counter punching last November, and getting into the ring with boxing’s pound-for-pound best right after such a poor performance wasn’t in his best interest.

A better performance in his next bout against Timothy Bradley might just give Pacquiao the morale boost he needs to step up to the plate and face Mayweather. But then again, he has been talking about retirement lately, claiming God told him to hang up his gloves.

While there’s still a possibility that the long anticipated super-fight between the two takes place later on in the year, I won’t hold my breath. The bout is simply too risky for both men — who have other, safer ways of making money.

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