In recent weeks Floyd Mayweather made it known that he would certainly have interest in signing now free agent Manny Pacquiao to his promotional company Mayweather Promotions. That has sparked the notion among many that a fight in the ring once again could be in the works for 2019 – but, do people really want to see it, again?
Their last fight in May of 2015 while doing huge numbers and becoming the biggest boxing match financially of all time proved to be underwhelming in the ring.
A twelve round points decision that Floyd never looked in danger of losing, Manny citing a shoulder injury afterwards that he failed to mention going into the fight.
All in all boxing experienced a bit of a dip for much of that year and into 2016 and as an industry, the sport came together in 2017, got its act together and started pushing for and putting on action fights that fans wanted to see.
Even Mayweather himself going into his Conor McGregor fight last year said he wanted to give the fans a knockout after the let down of the Pacquiao fight.
The question is, would people watch it again?
I suspect there would be enough who would to make it a money earner for both guys.
Somewhere in the region of 1-1.5 million pay per view buys in the US.
Tops two million.
That would be enough for both men to at least think about it but, all in all, I’m not sure it would be a positive thing for the sport.
Boxing, after all, has moved on from May of 2015 at this stage.