03-25-2012, 10:27 AM
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Boxing: Five Megafights that will likely never happen
Boxing, when filtered through promotional politics and the questionable dealings of its sanctioning bodies, can be infinitely frustrating for those of us who know how spectacular the sport can be at its best.
Here’s a look at five mega-fights that, for one reason or another, won’t likely happen in our lifetime:
Manny Pacquiao vs. Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Forget the back and forth bickering between the two fighters’ loyal fan bases and those who want to lay the blame squarely on just one of the fighters. The reality is that both coddled superstars have done plenty to nix this bout. Sadly, it looks as though the one fight that makes the most sense and would elevate the sport to another level will not be happening anytime soon.
Wladimir Klitschko vs. Vitali Klitschko
Brother vs. brother would generate massive publicity and would become one of the biggest events in the sport’s history. Granted, it may generate more negative attention than positive support, but a bout like this would definitely put boxing back on the front page of every newspaper in the country. However, don’t expect this one to ever happen since both brothers have flat-out refused to fight each other.
Sergio Martinez vs. Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.
Boxing politics stripped Martinez of his WBC middleweight title and now, with WBC favorite Chavez Jr. in possession of the belt, getting back the championship will be a truly difficult, uphill battle. The sanctioning body has already made promises to Martinez and broken them. Now, WBC President Jose Sulaiman has once again mandated a Martinez-Chavez Jr. bout and is allegedly ordering negotiations between both camps. But don’t hold your breath. Team Chavez is nowhere close to agreeing to this bout and with Team Martinez bringing up a desire to implement Olympic-style blood testing, the chances of making the fight are even more remote.
Nonito Donaire vs. Abner Mares
Really, this one should’ve happened already. Mares has talked publicly about this bout and about looking to step into the ring against "The Filipino Flash." Donaire, however, has completely ignored Mares. Instead, Donaire will be taking on a faded Cristian Mijares and Mares is forced to face fringe-contending Eric Morel. In both cases, the fans lose.
James Kirkland vs. Saul Alvarez
Alvarez is a good fighter and a solid prospect, but he’s also Golden Boy’s goose that lays golden eggs and Kirkland is a real, certified goose killer. Although both fighters are under contract with Golden Boy and the bout could easily be made, the promotional firm most definitely does not want the 21-year-old boy-king getting the kind of baptism under fire that Kirkland can deliver. Don’t count on Alvarez-Kirkland ever being uttered by any employee at Golden Boy.
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