Manny Pacquiao returned to LA’s Wild Card Gym today to begin camp for his March 13 date against Joshua Clottey . Though the bitter dust has hardly had a chance to settle following the disintegration of a much-anticipated bout with the undefeated Floyd Mayweather, Jr., but Manny remains optimistic that a Money May showdown lays somewhere down the road.
Pacquiao recently fielded questions from the media, and when posed with added speculation of a Mayweather-Pacquiao bout, the Champion simply replied, “I believe the fight will happen sometime. It will happen.”
With talks failing weeks ago, it looked as though all hope was lost for the potential superfight . But now, those following the fight game closely should see the sight of stars beginning to align.
The failure of negotiations has only provided added interest to what could be the biggest fight of the past thirty years. Pacquiao’s decision to move forward against a very game Clottey inside Cowboys Stadium will serve as a test to see if boxing can indeed break the Texas bank as Jerry Jones and Top Rank’s Bob Arum so adamently believe.
Meanwhile, Andre Berto’s decision to pull out of next week’s welterweight unifier with Shane Mosley in order to attend to family and friends suffering in the wake of Haiti’s tragic earthquake has led Mosley into serious talks with Team Mayweather. On that note, things seem to be moving along nicely for Mayweather-Mosley stakeholders. Mayweather advisor Leonard Ellerbe went on the record with Boxingscene.com and assured the site that negotiations continue to be positive among all involved.
In light of the all-too-agreeable mood surrounding these talks, I can’t help but to continue believing that a Mayweather-Mosley fight was Golden Boy’s intention all along. The De La Hoya-led enclave seemed all too willing to pit the two fighters in the ring for a bout of trash-talking following Mayweather’s most recent win.
Whether it was Oscar’s way to deliver the ultimate diss to Pacquiao, Arum, and trainer Freddie Roach, or just a simple ploy to keep fans salvating for a few more months, it looks like Golden Boy has moved one step closer to controlling the puppet known as professional boxing.
Keep punchin’ . . .
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