Boxing News 2014: Money Team Parks Van Outside Top Rank Gym, Another Indicator of Mayweather-Pacquiao Bout; But Golden Boy Advisor Says Dream Match Has Lost Lustre
By Vittorio Hernandez | August 4, 2014 8:34 AM EST
Amid reports that Floyd Mayweather Jr and Manny Pacquiao are set to hang their boxing gloves after three and five more fights, respectively, the speculation that their dream match would be their farewell gift to boxing fans has been apparently confirmed by yet another hint.
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Floyd Mayweather Jr. of the U.S. celebrates his majority decision victory over Marcos Maidana of Argentina in their WBC/WBA welterweight unification fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, May 3, 2014. Mayweather improved his record to 46-0. REUTERS/R. Marsh Starks
First, it was Mayweather saying he has a big surprise on May 2015. Over the weekend, a photo circulated in social media that showed Mayweather's Money team van parked outside the Top Rank gym. BoxinegNews24 opined that it is a clear sign that Mayweather and Bob Arum, boss of Top Rank, are talking again.
It is not just the money team that had mended broken fences with Top Rank, but also Oscar de la Hoya's Golden Boy Promotions, the boxing Web site reported.
However, Fight Saga reports that a Golden Boy advisor is promoting the Miguel Cotto vs Canelo Alvarez bout as the bigger one and dismisses the speculated Pacquiao-Mayweather fight as having lost its lustre.
"I believe that the biggest match could be made right now is Miguel Cotto versus Canelo Alvarez ... Even bigger than Mayweather versus Pacquiao. I really think it would generate more PPV buys at this time," said Don Chargin, Golden Boy promoter.
He explained, "Both fighters are very popular right now, and the Mexico versus Puerto Rico rivalry always sells well."
Chargin could have a point since unofficial results said that the last matches of the two pound-for-pound king contenders sold less than 1 million PPV buys, below expectations. The dream match, apparently brokered by a United Arab Emirates royalty and estimated could be worth $300 million, however, is believed by some boxing followers would break existing PPV records.
But not Chargin, who insisted, "That fight could have been the biggest money maker in the history of boxing. But not any more. Bother fighters are viewed by most as being past their prime now, and I think the boxing fans realize that a fight between Manny and Floyd at this time wouldn't be what it could have been several years ago."
Here's one more opinion on the dream match from boxer Shane Mosley who has fought both Mayweather and Pacquiao.
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