Expect a big announcement this weekend during Super Bowl XLIX, one that finally will pit Manny Pacquiao against Floyd Mayweather, Jr. on May 2 in Las Vegas.
The fighters have teased the idea for years, and lately have begun messing with fight fans, both old and new, and even though it’s too late for it to be a super-fight, the star power involved will help it to become the largest grossing fight ever.
Tuesday night could not have been more of a coincidence, as both fighters took in the Miami Heat game at American Airlines Arena.
Both were featured on the big screen with the tease: “Coming in 2015?” in caps.
Then a meeting that lasted “more than an hour” was reported inside of Pacquiao’s suite.
Super Numbers for Super Fight?
All on the week of arguably the most anticipated Super Bowl in years. One where approximately 115 million American viewers will be watching.
A 30-second ad spot is going for $4.5 million, with the full minute costing $9 million.
And while the big game is meant for football fans, everybody is tuning in. Some want to indulge in the commercials or even the halftime show.
It’s a perfect opportunity to announce a fight that should easily surpass The One, a brawl between Mayweather and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and its $150 million grossed. That calculates to 22.1 million viewers in 5.9 million households.
And still, the Super Bowl is expected to be seen by 5.25 times that “biggest audience ever.”
So if there was ever a “match made in heaven” for a media and a message, this is it.
And really, it’s boxing’s last chance to salvage a generation of fans that have witnessed bad judging calls by C.J. Ross, or lackluster fights dominated by the same stars, or even the same rivalries being repeated over and over again.
See Pacquiao versus Juan Manuel Marquez.
And as the years have passed by, so have the abilities to remain atop of their game. Unless you’re Mayweather, of course, who claims to be the best ever.
He beat Marcos Maidana twice recently, but had to fight him back-to-back, and then outpointed Alvarez and other noteworthy fighters such as Miguel Cotto, Shane Mosley, Marquez and Oscar de la Hoya.
And he’s still undefeated.
Pacquiao was seen to be the threat to his legacy before suffering back-to-back losses against Timothy Bradley and Marquez in 2012. But he rebounded with nice wins over Brandon Rios, Bradley and Chris Algieri.
And at 36-years-old, some say it might be time for him to focus on a career in politics.
His fan base is amazingly supportive of anything he does, and should drown out Mayweather’s following in a fight at the MGM Grand.
Look. Worse things could happen, and Mayweather has nothing left to prove with a victory over Pacquiao. He’s literally beaten everybody else who matters.
What many fail to realize is that Mayweather is actually a year older than Pacquiao, but is destined to become the next Bernard Hopkins and fight until he’s 50 years old if he has to.
But he won’t. He is likely within his last two or three fights in his career, and that’s smart of him.
However, his legacy will not be cemented until he steps into the ring with Pacquiao, and now’s that time.
Perhaps he takes a rematch with Cotto on May 2, but, a fight in December shouldn’t be out of the question should he come out victorious.
Losing to Cotto would tarnish any momentum this fight could ever have had though.
So enjoy the signs, as they’re likely to continue on throughout the week, culminating in an announcement on Super Sunday.