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Saturday, September 21, 2019
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Limpag: Selling the drama

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WILL they? Won’t they? Should they? I’m talking about Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao, who are teasing us with talks of a rematch.

Floyd dropped by the Philippines, to check Boracay supposedly. That came months after an accidental meeting, supposedly, in Japan.

Of course, Floyd’s visit simply ignited talks that the two are meeting to talk about the rematch.

Will the fight between a 40-year-old Manny and a 42-year-old Floyd sell though in the post-HBO boxing era? That remains to be seen.

The first fight was the Farce of the Century; the second fight, if it becomes yet another disappointment, then won’t be much different from the first.

But as veteran columnist Al Mendoza said, “In boxing, there’s a sucker born every minute.” Interests for the rematch will be high. How they will convert that to PPV sales—or is it streaming sales, now?—remains to be seen.

Being undefeated, fans of course would want to know if Manny can break Floyd’s streak. And being Manny, the only fighting senator in the world, the interest is there. Although it’s going to be a fraction of his former fan base, the interest is still there.

Manny the Senator turned off a lot of Filipinos, who vowed to stop watching the fights of Manny the boxer.

But as for me, I’d watch that rematch in a heartbeat. Would I spend for it? Naah.

It would still be a joy to watch defensive specialist Floyd against Manny. But the fight had better happen soon. This year or next at the latest.

We all know they’ll be doing it for the money and not for the sport and we’d gladly go along for the ride.

Suckers, right?

I just hope they get the negotiations done and over with so we could all start laughing silently at how they’d hype this one.

Unfinished business... transaction?

Retirement pay?

Fight of last Century? One last pay?

Whatever it is. I hope it happens soon.


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