Despite the lawsuit filed by Manny Pacquiao in the State of Nevada Wednesday, boxing experts and fans believe that the highly anticipated Pacquiao Mayweather match will happen in 2010.
Bob Arum, Pacquiao’s promoter said there is still a possibility that the match will happen on March 13 if the Mayweather negotiators give up their pre-conditions to the fight. Arum intimated that he may be able to persuade Pacquiao to withdraw the lawsuit if the Mayweather negotiators consider his last proposal on the blood test controversy.
Arum and Pacquiao earlier engaged the legal services of celebrity lawyer Daniel Petrocelli who became very popular with his participation on the celebrated O.J.Simpson case, to handle the case against Floyd Mayweather et al.
The lawsuit, filed on Pacquiao’s behalf by Petrocelli, named Mayweather, his father Floyd Mayweather Sr., his uncle and trainer Roger Mayweather, Mayweather Promotions, Golden Boy Promotions president Oscar De La Hoya, and Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer.
Daniel Petrocelli, in an interview with The Press, said the defendants all have made statements alleging Pacquiao used performance-enhancing drugs, which he termed “inexcusable” and “unconscionable.”
Boxing experts say that both camps will have to think many times over before finally giving up on the controversial fight. The stakes are just too high and mind-boggling and to say that both camps can move on and sign up with substitute opponents, is an understatement.
What if something happens to either fighter such as injury, political, personal or family priorities and other factors that may come in the way of either Pacquiao or Mayweather? What if the highly anticipated match suddenly becomes unpopular among boxing fans for whatever unthinkable or unexpected reasons?
There is no guarantee that the unprecedented public support that the match is getting now will be sustained after an interim fight by both boxers with other opponents. Boxing fans believe that the best time to stage the Pacquiao-Mayweather match is now, not even late this year or early next year. They say that anything can happen beyond the control of the boxers or even the promoters if they wait till next year or even late this year to stage the fight.
Behind the rumblings of the promoters and the lawyer of Pacquiao, the mind-boggling revenues that the fight will generate if it is staged on March 13 will remain a major issue in deciding on the fate of the controversial match up between two of the greatest boxers of all time.
The stakeholders including Pacquiao and Mayweather will struggle through many sleepless nights with the unprecedented prize pot that will go down the drain if the fight is aborted because of minor disagreement .