Opinion | Jan 26 2019

Manny Pacquiao is still a draw

Why should Mayweather take on Pacquiao when he can earn $10 million for blowing away a 20-year-old Japanese kickboxer in less than three minutes? Eric Armit casts his eye over the boxing world in his Snips & Snipe column
Manny Pacquiao
Manny Pacquiao vs Adrien Broner  |  Esther Lin/Showtime

MANNY PACQUIAO once again illustrated his drawing power with his fight against Adrien Broner reportedly drawing 400,000 + PPV hits. Not the sort of figures he was drawing at his peak but still a very high return. He was guaranteed $10 million for this fight but will obviously earn a great deal more when the final figures for the gate etc. are taken into account. It is incredible to think that the wonder fighter from the Philippines won his first world title more than 20 years ago. He is 18-4-2 in world title fights and at 40 is still performing at the highest level. Surely one of the most remarkable fighters in the history of boxing. It’s a pity that this was for the secondary WBA title not the real title. The real champion Keith Thurman returns with a title defence this weekend. As for Broner he showed just how delusional he is as he was convinced he had won a fight where he threw less punches, landed less punches and rarely took a step forward. He has entertained in the past but it may be that his days as deserving of PPV status are over.

Of course the talk immediately turned to another fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr but it was stated that Mayweather was retired and was not interested in another fight with Pacquiao – but don’t rule it out.

Why should Mayweather take on Pacquiao when he can earn $10 million for blowing away a 20-year-old Japanese kickboxer/MMA fighter Tenshin Nasukawa in less than three minutes? The most amazing thing is that people actually paid to see this farce.