Are Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather preparing to fight on April 20?

Although a better overall prizefighter, Mayweather will find a reason to not fight Pacquiao.

Provided Manny Pacquiao can overcome Juan Manuel Marquez in their fourth bout on December 8 at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, speculation is running rampant that the Filipino icon will finally battle “Pretty Boy” Floyd Mayweather next spring on April 20.

“I have talked with Manny and we agreed to hold his fight on April 20,” Pacquiao promoter Bob Arum told the Manila Bulletin on Wednesday.

In stark contrast to the 33-year-old Pacquiao (54-4-2, 38 KOs), voted “Fighter of the Decade” for the 2000s by the BWAA, the 35-year-old Mayweather (43-0, 26 KOs), named The Ring “Fighter of the Year” in 1998 and 2007, has yet to make any future plans.

Starting on June 1, Mayweather, the longstanding WBC welterweight king who last defeated powerful Puerto Rican bruiser Miguel Cotto by unanimous decision to gain the WBA world light-welterweight crown on Cinco de Mayo, served 63 days behind bars at the Clark County Detention Center for beating his former sweetheart two years ago while a couple of their children watched.

Roughly a month after Mayweather’s triumph over the extremely formidable Cotto (37-3, 30 KOs), incompetent judges allowed “Desert Storm” Timothy Bradley to unwittingly steal Pacquiao’s belt with an asinine split decision on June 9 at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Roger “Pit” Perron is a venerable boxing trainer from Brockton (Mass.) who now works with Mike and Rich Cappiello at their gym, Cappiello Brothers Boxing and Training.

Perron predicts that Mayweather, a 1996 bronze medalist who already owned a decent rap sheet from convictions on battery and assault in 2002 and 2005, would outclass Pacquiao in a match.

“Nobody will ever beat Floyd until he retires,” said Perron, 75, who worked in the 1980s with International Boxing Hall of Famer Marvelous Marvin Hagler at the Petronelli Brothers Gym. “If Floyd and Manny ever get together, mortgage the house on Mayweather.”

Considering boxing’s pound-for-pound royalties recently settled their infamous defamation lawsuit outside of a courtroom, chances seemingly increased that Mayweather and Pacquiao would agree to clash inside of a squared circle.

Unfortunately, although Mayweather, an enormous talent who has captured nine world titles in five different weight classes, is a sounder overall pugilist than Pacquiao, “Pretty Boy” will inevitably find a reason to again avoid scrapping “The Fighting Pride of the Philippines.”

Hence, for absolutely no understandable reason, long starved boxing fans will continue waiting in vain for a prizefight pitting Manny Pacquiao against Floyd Mayweather.

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