For years Manny Pacquiao fans have been dying to see him take on Floyd Mayweather inside the squared circle. Although the fight was officially announced last week, that doesn’t mean the fight will actually take place. If either fighter were to face an injury, the fight would be cancelled.
Unfortunately for those long-time Pacquiao fans, their fighter refuses to take any precautions in the weeks leading up to the bout.
Pacquiao, a lifelong basketball fan, is currently the player/coach for Kia Carnival, a professional basketball team in one of Philippines’ top leagues. Pacman has already participated in one game after the fight was announced, and he plans to participate in at least one more before flying to the United States to train for Mayweather.
“I know what I’m doing,” Pacquiao said, according to BBC Sport.
Fans who are dying to see the Mayweather vs Pacquiao bout have to cringe at the idea of seeing 5’6″ Pacquiao go up against somebody who’s 7-foot-tall on the hardwood. There is no guarantee that Pacquiao won’t get injured. Furthermore, who’s to say Mayweather won’t pay off a player on the opposing team to purposely try to hurt Pacquiao?
When Pacquiao signed on the dotted line to fight Mayweather, he should have immediately hit the gym with long-time trainer Freddie Roach in preparation for the mega-fight. Pacquiao’s fight against Mayweather is the most important event of his life, and it deserves his full attention. Not only will he make millions against Mayweather, a victory would cement his place in boxing history as a top 10 fighter of all time.