Somewhere between twelve and eighteen months ago, such a query wouldn't come into consideration. However and much (hopefully) to the satisfaction to the general sporting public, the constant clamor for a single event that has sunken to being pictured as the one bout to save the planet's purest sport has somewhat died down a bit.
TMZ and multiple other media outlets effectively turned Mayweather's brief incarceration into a mere restroom break. While figures consistently show that his nights under the hot Vegas lights do wonders for the desert economy, one still has to wonder if justice was truly served. Spoken plainly....when was the last time you saw a freed inmate get into his own car and drive himself away?
And in all honesty, those who wholeheartedly felt that Floyd Mayweather, Jr.'s departure from the Clark County Jail would signal the grain of sand to become a sad 'castle of sand' in terms of the showdown with Manny Pacquiao have once again found themselves blind with neither cane nor canine.
It would have happened by now.
At the same time, be sure to thank your wallet that it in fact has not. In a way, the true fans of boxing have experienced another instance of the long count. Not so much in terms of Dempsey/Tunney II or even Bute/Andrade I. Rather, as Mayweather languished in jail (if we even choose to apply such a term to it), the sport flourished just fine without him.
Likewise, the fallout from the Sin City heist that was Timothy Bradley's win over Manny Pacquiao has also thankfully subsided a bit. That is until the subject is mentioned.
The long count of the present day can be seen as such: Floyd was locked up. Manny didn't really lose his last fight, yet the thought of his possible opponents for November don't exactly add the pretzels to our cold beer. Perhaps the biggest surprise thus far of all of this balderdash has been the sight of little Floyd with a head of hair.
In spite of all of this, the sport has soldiered on. Much like the long count of nearly a century ago, the boxing public could square their knowing- eyes on the obvious and not worry about what was seemingly down for the count yet again. The ongoing back and forth hamming between the Money Team, those yammering into Manny's ears, promoters and the like have reached the point of racing for the title of court jester.
Is there really a difference between the best matchup within a division and the one that will boost ratings and overall income before the first bell even sounds? Think about it for just a moment. Other promoters have taken notice and shelved their differences (or swallowed them) and molded together the second best matchup for which the boxing masses could hope. Sergio "Maravilla" Martinez will face Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. on September 15 in Las Vegas for the universally recognized "There Can Only be One" middleweight championship.
How hard was that?
Ask Top Rank and DiBella Promotions if you are so inclined. It's the fight that makes the most sense in regard to the sport itself, yet the one that makes more sense to celebrities and whomever else has no business attending a fight simply cannot go away.
Are we prepared to stay faithful to boxing should Mayweather and Pacquiao never meet? We lost enough in 1987 when Sugar was awarded a shank victory over Marvelous.
For the most part, Floyd has been quiet since his midnight release from the rack. Before anyone chooses to dissect his choice of opponents, please remember that this is a business. So he fought a past his prime De la Hoya or a town drunk in Ricky Hatton. Jose Luis Castillo provided the blueprint on how to beat him in the ring. Splendid. He's just a bit more advanced since that time. That was ten years ago.
Relax on the criticism.
Floyd Mayweather got here on his own merits and earned the right to draw lots for his next opposition. It irks us to no end. He has his future to consider, even though he may have already blown through millions in an indiscreet fashion.
Manny Pacquiao is no saint in this argument, either. He hasn't looked like the pugilistic prodigy as of late. His listless style shown in his last several outings haven't exactly been "send to the Martians" material.
In the meantime, we should all just relax and embrace the sport that has so much more to offer. Where would we go afterward were they to actually meet? A fight for the ages? Hardly. Our destination otherwise? Likely the same destination that currently awaits us. We should all come back to the ring or to the TV because there are tons of reasons why we should never depart and a few hungry fighters are prepared to show us just why.
Let it go.
What do you really want? A bright and promising future within boxing or a 6 to 3 football game?