“Normally, a fighter being denied a license to fight in America kills a fight. Unfortunately, Pacquiao-Margarito has more lives than a cat”— good friend and boxing writer Ryan Songalia
It’s the fight that nobody really asked for, nor wanted to see and yet we’re getting it. Despite problems looking for a venue because of Antonio Margarito’s struggles in getting his fighting license reinstated or re-issued in North America, Bob Arum is hell bent on making Pacquiao-Margarito happen on November 13.
If only all parties are as persistent and resilient in making Pacquiao-Mayweather happen.
I got an idea! Why don’t someone slip some Plaster of Paris inside Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s hand wraps before his next fight? Get him banned from boxing so he would desperately seek a fight with Pacquiao later on as opposed to acting like he got better things to do that make 50 million dollars and give boxing fans the fight they want to see? No? Not good huh? Relax, it’s a joke.
But where sense exits negotiations to make Pacquiao vs. Mayweather happen, it apparently also stays out of the conversation on abandoning this Pacquiao-Margarito match-up. Yes, people just want to see Pacquiao fight so bad that they’re willing to take the Margarito match-up just so they can see the best boxer in the planet do his thing once again. In actuality, nobody truly asked for this as proof with the backlash from fans upon the fight’s initial announcement. But to insist on making it happen despite all the road blocks? It only emphasizes that GREED RULES BOXING.
What kind of message are we sending here?
There are so many other match-ups that can be made that people would rather see and yet the powers that be are bent on reinstating someone who was banned for cheating and has not done anything significant in boxing since doing so. I have nothing personal against Margarito and I believe the man should be given a second chance after having served his suspension, but to keep forcing this issue on him fighting Pacquiao is just absurd and even becoming embarrassing to Margarito himself with all the publicity it’s getting.
Why not let the guy build himself back and get his license the right way; have him beat a couple of legit guys, then fight Pacquiao instead of all this hold up when all people really want to see is the pound for pound best do his thing. Why don’t we stop acting too greedy for once and take our losses and try to recoup it by putting together a real show people actually want to see. You got Marquez, Bradley, Berto, Martinez and a slew of others. It’s time to put this Pacquiao-Margarito match-up to sleep and do the right thing.
Isn’t it Alanis, don’t you think? A little bit too ironic, if you really do think. The fight boxing wanted to see found the dumbest excuses for it not to happen and yet here you got one that nobody really wants, find ways to keep living. It’s like rayyeeyane, on your wedding day. Yup! Unless I guess these greedy promoters really want to deal boxing another shameful black eye after failing to make the fight that fans really want to see happen with insisting on one that they don’t.
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