It is a fight that has been talked about over the last 5 or 6 years.
It almost came close only to vanish in thin air.
As the years went by, prospects of it happening also waned.
But things now appear to be shaping up for what could be the biggest fight – money-wise – in all history of individual sports.
An insider intimated that the Floyd Mayweather Jr-Manny Pacquiao could happen in the fall next year – November.
And it will likely happen at the Madison Square Garden or the 45,000-seat Yankee Stadium in New York – the old Mecca of boxing – where boxing greats are made and unmade.
Muhammad Ali, Joe Frazier, George Foreman, Joe Louis, Sugar Ray Robinbson, Henry Armstrong, Sugar Ray Leonard, Roberto Duran, Marvin Hagler and even our very own Gabriel ‘Flash’ Elorde all appeared in the best and historic boxing arena ever in the US.
And Rocky Marciano – the guy whose 49-0 professional Mayweather is trying to break – was a favorite of New York although he came from Boston, Massachusetts.
If it happens, and is likely to be announced soon, the fight could potentially break all-time record purses as well as pay-per-view buys and gate receipts.
So what made or will make both Mayweather and Pacquiao agree to a possibly US$1-billion boxing blockbuster hit?
For one, it is the most compelling fight that can equal, if not surpass, all great boxing rivalries. No, make that all other fights.
Second, the two have run out of competition. Competitive competition, that is.
Third, it is the biggest money there is out there to make for both of them. And, for that matter, all the rest of sports history in a single event.
Fourth, for the sheer economics of it aside from the individual purses. Over the last 2 years, both fighters have seen their marketability slide over their failure to face each other. Their PPV numbers are down and the PPV carriers, including two of the biggest Cable TV producers, can no longer continue to guarantee their purses without recouping their expenses.
Fifth, time is running out and Father Time is catching up with both fighters. But although they are both past their peak, they still have the competitive juices to make a memorable and unforgettable fight.
Sixth, and the most important, the boxing fans all over the world are still clamoring for it.
And seventh, I need to watch that fight.
Yes, mark that event in your calendar because once it happens, it may never come again.
Even if they fight a couple of more after their first date next year, those rematches could no longer eclipse the drama, excitement and compelling story of a rivalry-that-never-was but is now shaping into a fight that is never-too-late-to-happen that will come in November.
Last night, I received a text from a lawyer-friend telling me to make the necessary hotel arrangements again in the Big Apple!