Sunday, January 24, 2010

If Pacquiao’s fight against Clottey does well, Manny might not need to fight Mayweather

By Dave Lahr: Manny Pacquiao and Top Rank promotions were quick to select Joshua Clottey to fight as a replacement opponent for Floyd Mayweather Jr. on March 13th at the Dallas Cowboy stadium, in Arlington, Texas. There’s no way of knowing how many boxing fans will be traveling to Texas to see the fight and how many will be interested in purchasing this fight on pay per view. The tickets for the fight are priced from $700, $500, $300, $200, $100 and $50 for fans wanting to travel all the way to Arlington, Texas.

The huge arena is going to be reconfigured to fit 40,000 fans, and possibly more depending on how ticket sales go. You can expect the fight to sell for at least $49.95 on pay per view. If this fight does really well with boxing fans, a fight in which Pacquiao is facing an opponent that few people have heard of, it might not matter whether Pacquiao ever fights Mayweather.

After all, Pacquiao won’t need to if he’s making $15 million or more to fight the likes of Clottey. Why take a dangerous fight against Mayweather, which could end the gravy train if Mayweather dominates Pacquiao like I think he would, when there are plenty of other easy marks out there. The welterweight division isn’t exactly stacked with talent.

Once you get beyond Mayweather, Mosley, Cotto and Berto, the division is a wasteland of mediocrity. Sure, there’s young fighters like 19-year-old Saul Alvarez who may be a good fighter some day, but he isn’t there yet, not even close. Alvarez looks five to six years away. But it doesn’t really matter though if boxing fans are willing to scoop up Pacquiao’s fights in droves just to get the chance to see him fight.

All HBO has to do is to make sure they put together a Count Down or HBO 24/7 series and Pacquiao’s fights will probably do sensational numbers regardless of whether he’s fighting Mayweather or not. So why fight Mayweather and ruin all that for just one fight when you can milk it for a year or two and make it last.


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