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NFL Draft: Will it take mainstream focus from Mayweather vs. Pacquiao?

Joseph Herron Updated
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Now that the “Mayweather vs. Pacquiao” hype-train has officially left the station, the singular May 2nd event has become the toast of the sporting world.

And while most avid sports fans are currently buzzing about the clamored bout, will the inevitable showdown still be the “topic du jour” once fight week rolls around?

While it’s no mystery that many factions involved with the painstaking negotiation process wanted to push the date of the highly anticipated prizefight back several weeks, Mayweather Jr. was insistent on showcasing his talents during “Cinco de Mayo” weekend.

The most intriguing question for all parties involved is why? Why were so many interested parties asking the pound for pound king to push the fight back to a possible June date, and why was Floyd so adamant about competing on May 2nd?

Perhaps Bob Arum and Top Rank wanted more time for their fighter, Manny Pacquiao, to prepare. Maybe both networks wanted the additional weeks to properly promote the event and secure all potential revenue streams.

Or possibly, many insightful people involved with the ongoing campaign noticed another big media sporting event that was scheduled during the proposed May 2nd fight week.

Every year, millions of avid football fans get amped up to see which talented collegiate players get chosen by their favorite teams during the highly publicized NFL Draft.


This year, the NFL’s popular selection process will be televised during the week of “Mayweather vs. Pacquiao”. The first round media coverage will begin on Thursday, April 30th, and will continue into Saturday, May 2nd…the day of “Mayweather vs. Pacquiao”.

The muti-day event usually monopolizes mainstream sports media coverage on the two biggest sports networks, ESPN and Fox Sports.

And if the NFL's annual event wasn't competition enough, the Kentucky Derby, the NBA Playoffs, and a series between the Yankees versus the Red Sox will all be taking place on Saturday, May 2nd...on free TV.

Although many will argue that the showdown between Floyd and Manny has been self promoting for over five years, and the $89.95 PPV ($99.95 in HD) event is a sure fire winner, the reality remains that the success of the long awaited showdown and its record breaking potential will be solely dependent upon how many mainstream and casual fans elect to purchase the global undertaking.

Floyd and Manny can already count on the die-hard fight fans’ participation in purchasing the event. But will the limited promotion, which has been confined to merely one media press conference leading into fight week, be enough to attract the casual bystander? Has Mayweather allowed his perceived arrogance to hinder the money making potential of this multi-million dollar endeavor?

Will the NFL Draft’s mainstream coverage, as well as all of the aforementioned sporting events, interfere with the final promotion of the high priced event?

According to popular ESPN broadcast journalist Stephen A. Smith, nothing will be able to detour his attention from the long awaited showdown between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao.

“I can’t wait,” stated the ESPN “First Take” analyst on the February 23rd broadcast. “My flight reservations have been made, my hotel reservations have been made, my entire weekend has been planned…I don’t want to see anybody, I don’t want to talk to anybody, I don’t want anybody interrupting me from May 1st to May 3rd.”

“From that Friday to that Sunday morning, it’s going to be all about Floyd Mayweather Jr. versus Manny Pacquiao.”

“As far as I’m concerned, May 2nd, is where it’s at. I don’t care about the NFL Draft, I don’t care about basketball, or anything else on that night. Everybody and their grandma will be there, and so will I."

"This is something that I have waited six years for, and I want to thank Floyd Mayweather Jr., Manny Pacquiao, Bob Arum, Showtime, and HBO for allowing this to happen.”


“I’m so hyped for this fight and I can’t wait!”

Both Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao hope the rest of the American sporting world is just as unconditionally dialed in as Stephen A. Smith on May 2nd.

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