The best part of boxing is that there are so many available match-ups, so many possibilities for stellar bouts and brutally entertaining wars.
And the worst part?
The best fights often get bogged down in boxing politics and ridiculous promotional turf wars. Often, the hardcore boxing dream fights don’t get made and, if they do, they get signed years after they make sense.
Here are three dream fights that, in a perfect world, would get made ASAP:
Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao (Welterweight)
The dream fight of all dream fights. After so much publicity and bad blood, this one could easily produce the sport’s first +3 Million buy rate and provide a considerable boost in exposure to every fighter on the undercard.
Competitively, Mayweather-Pacquiao would be a classic offense vs. defensive match-up featuring the non-stop, frenetic energy of the all-action Filipino vs. the cerebral and calculating defensive wizardry of Grand Rapids’ native son.
Most of the time, a good defense stops a good offense and this could be the case in this dream bout, but whenever two elites are matched up, anything can happen. It wouldn’t be wise to bet against Mayweather, but at 34 years of age, the slick masters often begin a quick and steep decline.
For this one, forget the betting and just enjoy the fight.
Giovani Segura vs. Roman Gonzalez (Flyweight)
The most aggressive battler in boxing against, arguably, the sport’s best offensive fighter in a sure-fire, pint-sized war.
“El Chocolatito” would be moving up in weight from his 108 lb. stomping grounds where Segura most recently ruled, but the weight difference would be negligible in this phone booth throw-down.
Gonzalez is the more polished fighter, but can he handle the all-out aggression of “The Aztec Warrior?” The answer would be revealed over the course of a true blood and sweat-soaked, fan-friendly back alley brawl.
The smart money is on Segura, but like any true dream fight, there’s no sure thing.
Kelly Pavlik vs. Carl Froch (Super Middleweight)
A distracted Pavlik, amidst all kinds of personal turmoil, gave pound-for-pound top three fighter, Sergio Martinez, a good scrap back in April of last year– and that says a lot about where Pavlik should rate on any list of boxing’s top fighters.
Froch is the UK’s overachieving battler with mega-ambition, mega-guts, and a willingness to fight all day, anywhere and everywhere. What “The Cobra” lacks in skill, he more than makes up for in grit and determination.
In a battle between two “come forward” warriors who know no other way to fight, the only thing guaranteed would be an exciting, toe-to-toe battle. Froch is the fresher, more upwardly mobile of the two and would be the expected favorite, but he’s also right up Pavlik’s alley in terms of style and temperament.
In this bout, as well as the other two, the real winner would be the fans. Big fights, good fights, and fights that make sense– There’s no real secret to pleasing us fans. We just want what any other consumer wants– Quality.
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