Manny Pacquiao: Why he should continue to fight, regardless of Mayweather's decisionWritten by Leroy Cleveland
It was recently reported fight legend Manny Pacquiao is only interested in a rematch with Floyd Mayweather and no one else.
Pacquiao, of course, dropped a unanimous decision to Floyd last month prior to revealing he'd entered the bout with a severely compromised shoulder. And while he could have postponed the bout, his team was under the false assumption the state of Nevada would allow Pacquiao to take numbing agents an hour or so before the fight.
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Understandably, Manny Pacquiao wants a rematch.... And, understandably. he may not get it.
But is Manny's perceived all-or-nothing approach the most reasonable?
When superstar fighters exit, opportunities abound
With Floyd retired, Manny would be boxing's undisputed top star for at least 1-2 years and wouldn't have to share that distinction with anyone.
When Mike Tyson was in prison for three years, Evander Holyfield, Lennox Lewis and George Foreman gladly filled in as heavyweight super-powerbrokers, with each mightily increasing their stature. And When Sugar Ray Leonard temporarily left boxing, his adversaries, Marvelous Marvin Hagler and Thomas Hearns reaped the benefits of added spotlights and fatter purses.
As a matter of fact, all of the publicity and respect Hagler received angered the retired star so much that Leonard would eventually don the gloves again in an attempt to reclaim his stature.
Hint hint, Manny.
If Manny Pacquiao heals to the degree he can become a rock star again, Floyd, who will have faded out of public consciousness in retirement, will eventually bite on a rematch. His ego is too big not to.
And even if Floyd holds to retirement, Pacquiao, in the twilight of his career, should bask in the sunset and fight at least two more times to remove the bad taste and spillover from all of the drama in Mayweather fight.
For a little while, Manny will have the opportunity to sit on Mt. Olympus all by himself as boxing's top earner and draw, and the sport's undisputed lead ambassador.
No fighter should pass up such a consequential and historic opportunity.
But rest-assured, if the public chooses to put Manny on a pedestal again after his next performance, Floyd Mayweather, like Sugar Ray Leonard before him, would likely succumb to the lure of a potential showdown.