Better late than never, I suppose. For years fight fans, both casuals and hard cores, wished that Manny Pacquiao would sign with Al Haymon and PBC. It would have put all of the major welterweights, the most glamorous and talent-heavy division in the sport all on the same accord. The possibilities would be endless. Keith Thurman, Errol Spence, Danny Garcia, Shawn Porter, and Manny Pacquiao all on the same side of the promotional landscape, add in the looming possibility of Floyd Mayweather coming back! Not to mention the always entertaining Adrian Broner on the same side of the fence as well as Mikey Garcia who constantly flirts with the idea of fighting at 147. There is nothing to not love about Pacquiao jumping onto that boat! Well at 39-years-old, we finally got our wish and Manny Pacquiao has officially signed with Al Haymon and PBC!!!
2. The second fight on the three-fight plan should be mandated by the WBA. WBA “World” Champion and WBA “Super” Champion need to square off to find out who the real WBA champion is. Run Time was last seen in March of last year, and has already vacated his WBC strap because he didn’t want to fight rematches with both Porter and Garcia so he gave the strap up. If he refuses to fight Manny the WBA should follow suit and make “Run Time” hand over the hardware. If the fight were to happen, say summer of next year, who knows if Keifey Poo would have taken his “tune-up” but Keith we still be relatively young and somehow still a recognized champion, and is still regarded as a legitimate threat at 147. If Pacquiao were to beat him he would have re-established himself as one of the top fighters in the sport.
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3. Floyd Mayweather, the rematch of all rematches between two legends in the 40’s. Pacquiao would pose a real threat as he proved his legitimacy in his last two fights besting Thurman and Broner. Mayweather fight did huge PPV sales for two reasons. First, because Floyd is the best fighter of his era, a special once in a generation talent that people loved to watch. And the second reason because people wanted to see him lose. A Pacquiao rematch would offer the possibility to see both. It would offer the chance to see if Mayweather is still special, and for the haters, Pacquiao who will only step into the ring with Floyd, if he is riding a three-fight winning streak will be viewed as the last best chance to see Floyd get knocked out.