Opinion | Jan 22 2015

Snips and Snipes: There is more chance of a bridge being built from California to Hawaii than the WBC creating one unified world champion in each division

Eric Armit's unmissable blog rounds up all the boxing stories including Mayweather-Pacquiao, Jermain Taylor, Deontay Wilder, and Crawford-Algieri

I AM reeling from absorbing too much good news in such a short space of time.

Suddenly the Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao fight has moved from possible to probably probable (my native caution kicked in there). We had a glimpse of the long term plans of Al Haymon to put boxing back on main stream TV in the USA with NBC. We had a heavyweight title fight which produced a new champion with the potential to really threaten the dominance of Wlad Klitschko and we had the WBC, IBF and WBA discussing standardisation of procedures for weighing, dope testing and unification fights.

Mayweather vs. Pacquiao has so many barriers to overcome. You have the fighter’s respective purses, their egos, promotional ties, drug testing standards, spurious offers of dubious practicality, fight dates, opposing sanctioning bodies and above all you have the respective paymasters in Showtime and HBO. It is beginning to look as though all of these obstacles have been overcome with exception of the last. Last, but not least. There are egos involved here as well with both parties naturally wanting the lead role and the biggest share of the pie. They will both have minimum conditions of satisfaction which will have to be agreed and met before they will work together on the biggest money fight in the history of boxing and neither is going to want to look weak in the negotiations so this is no minor bump in the road. There is plenty of fan pressure on all parties but there is also a whole load of money involved so it is still a probable probable until all of these hurdles are cleared.


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