As of this writing, there is a bigger chance the megafight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao won’t push through at all. And if that happens expect the blame game to kick into high gear.
Pacquiao at this point is raring to get into the ring with the undefeated Mayweather, while the American is generally viewed as hesitant to sign the dotted line. And I would not blame those who would brand Mayweather a coward or a “chicken, because he refuses to sign the dotted line.
The possibility the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight will not materialize makes me think about other mega fights that never happened in the modern boxing era. Some of these supposed megafights were never hyped up by the press, and some were even never thought about by some boxing fans. But had the bouts below happened, they would have helped set the bar for what true megafights are. So here they are:
Pacquiao vs Edwin Valero—Valero passed away on April 9, 2010 at only 28 years old and toting a record of 27-0 with 27 knockouts. On the other hand, Pacquiao from 2008 to 2010 was mowing down the opposition that included David Diaz, Ricky Hatton, Miguel Cotto, Oscar Dela Hoya, and Antonio Margarito. While Valero last campaigned at lightweight (130 pounds) and Pacquiao was already a welterweight (147 pounds) in 2010, a fight between them at welterweight would have generated a lot of excitement if Valero did not pass away.
George Foreman vs Mike Tyson— While Tyson was known for his savagery in the ring during his prime, Foreman made his mark in the ring for his unparalleled punching power even during his comeback in the late 1980s. Foreman staged a comeback in 1987 and scored one knockout after another, and Tyson won the world heavyweight championship in November 1987 by knocking out Trevor Berbick in the second round. Tyson would fight until 2007 while Foreman tried his luck until 1997. Notably, Foreman never looked shameful in the ring in absorbing decision losses during his comeback to Shannon Briggs, Tommy Morrison and Shannon Briggs. On the other hand, Tyson looked terrible in losing to Buster Douglas, Evander Holyfield and Lennox Lewis. And with Foreman having the size advantage (Foreman is 6’4” and Tyson is 5’11”), this fight would have been an exciting one even if Tyson was 17 years younger. When Tyson retired, his record was 50-6 with 44 KOs but he had four losses by stoppage. On the other hand, Foreman’s record is 76-5 with 68 KOs, and only one loss by knockout (to Muhammad Ali). Up to this day, I wonder why this fight never happened.
Felix Trinidad vs Shane Mosley—the best time for this fight to happen was in 2000 and 2001, or after Mosley beat Dela Hoya via split decision on June 2000 and before Trinidad lost to Bernard Hopkins on by stoppage on the last round on September 2001. Mosley after beating Dela Hoya was a hot commodity and Trinidad still had that aura of invincibility until he was beaten by Hopkins.
Mayweather vs Antonio Margarito – while the time frame to make this fight happen was very short, Mayweather vs Margarito would have been a very interesting and intriguing fight. The best time for this fight to happen was after Margarito stopped Miguel Cotto in July 2008. And surprisingly from that date to September 2009 (when Mayweather fought Juan Manuel Marquez), Mayweather did not have a fight. Mosley would beat the Mexican on January 2009 to become the first fighter to score a technical knockout win over Margarito.
While I find it excusable that Mayweather-Margarito and Trinidad-Mosley did not arouse the attention of many boxing fans, it still escapes my imagination as to why there was not much clamor for Valero-Pacquiao and Tyson-Foreman to happen. And here we are not hearing much clamor for Pacquiao-Mayweather to happen, even if the best time for that fight to materialize was from 2008 to 2012.