Greed costs PAC Man big

caines | 12/20/2012, 4:30 a.m.

Manny Pacquiaos shocking sixth-round knockout loss to Juan Manuel Marquez more than a week ago has sent shockwaves throughout the boxing world. Thus it seems the much anticipated mega-fight involving Pac Man and Floyd Mayweather, Jr. in all probability will never happen. The two men and their promoters wasted years and years dancing around the idea of two of the worlds most exciting fighters duking it out in a once and for all showdown. Boxing needed this fight in the worst way. Instead there were constant debates about steroid use, who should get the bigger purse and so on. The more the general public begged for this fight the more Mayweather and Pacquiao toyed with the idea. I think it is safe to say that they both dropped the ball big time. It was long said that this generations biggest superfight would be the boxing fans loss if it never materialized. That may be true but Pac Man and Money May lost millions as well with Marquezs shocking knockout of Pacquiao. The sports top two pay-per-view attractions just watched a huge pay day vanish into thin air as Pac Man fell to the canvas and the potential fight instantly lost its sex appeal. Pacquiao has now dropped two consecutive fights, his wife wants him to retire and a fight against Mayweather seems more unlikely than ever. Who cares anyway? If they were smart about this they would have worked it out. The bout was predicted to shatter pay-per-view records and attract major public interest considering that Pacquiao and Mayweather were both considered as boxings best pound-for-pound fighters the past few years. Both men probably have their own versions as to why the deal fell through but well probably never know the real story. The biggest losers here are the two combatants who both needed this fight for their legacies. Its why we admire the greats of the past. Ali fought Frazier, Leonard fought Hearns, Pryor fought Arguello. When the conversations are had in barber shops about the greatest fighters in this era theres one epic battle that well only be able to imagine. And thats too bad for fall boxing fans. The Sports Brothers, Jeff Fox & Ed Freeman, can be heard daily on WMEN 640 Sports.