It's still the super fight the world wants to see, most of all. If Pacquiao and Mayweather can win their next fights later this year, the stage would be set perfectly to finally see the ultimate clash of welterweight titans next spring or summer.
Over the years, I have interviewed several boxers and insiders about how they think a Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao superfight would play out...
Jose Morales (Father of Erik Morales): "Pacquiao is very sharp, throws many accurate punches and keeps the pressure on his opponents. That’s why he will win. The punch of Manny Pacquiao can kill him [Mayweather] very easily. It can put him down very easily. So he cannot handle that."
Andrew Golota: "Pacquiao is too much for him. Too much. He beats him easy. Easy. Easy. Mayweather was a great fighter when he was a super featherweight but he’s too small now. Pacquiao is so fast. He throws so many punches. Cotto is fast but Pacquiao made him look slow. Pacquiao is something else."
Nacho Beristain: ""It’s a very good, important fight but that fight should not happen. Because I believe Pacquiao will beat Mayweather. You’re gonna take away the glory that has made Mayweather these past years. Mayweather’s style – when he fights someone that pressures him and throws a lot of punches – he just beats him up. It won’t be an easy fight but Pacquiao will win the fight. Pacquiao will definitely win."
Miguel Cotto: "I don't know. They have to prepare themselves well. I don't know."
Tomasz Adamnk: "Mayweather is a smart, wonderful fighter. Pacquiao is a tough guy but Mayweather has a good defense and he's smart."
Chuck Wepner: "Oh wow, I love Pacquiao. Unfortunately I think Mayweather, who I think is a great fighter...now I think Pacquiao might win. Four or five years ago I don't think anybody could have beaten Mayweather. Pacquiao is younger, he hasn't been laid off. This could be to his advantage."
Arthur Abraham: "Mayweather. He's the number one fighter in the world."
Andre Dirrell: "I'll go with the undefeated. I always go with the undefeated. Mayweather is an accurate puncher. I respect Pacquiao a lot. It's gonna be a hard fight. I respect Pacquiao like hell. But he leaves himself open. Floyd's an accurate, accurate puncher. He's gonna study that."
Paul Williams: "I respect what Mayweather's been doing but Pacquiao throws a lot of punches.. I feel like Pacquiao will get him."
Jorge Arce: "Mayweather would win that fight. He's too strong, very fast, intelligent, his movement. And he's such a great counterpuncher. I think Mayweather would be perfect for him."
Carl Froch: "Mayweather. He's too technically proficient. His defense is too good. I can't see Pacquiao doing anything with him. He'll frustrate Pacquiao, then he'll break him down. Then he'll beat him. He'll either outpoint him or stop him."
Juan Manuel Lopez: "Pacquiao. Pacquiao has the style which I feel he can beat Mayweather with. But Mayweather is Mayweather. He has a great style as well. So it's really a toss-up fight in my eyes."
Wladimir Klitschko: "I'll go for Pac Man. With no reason why, I guess I like him more. Otherwise it's 50-50."
Mikkel Kessler: "It would be a great fight. But I think Pacquiao would win it. Because he's a fast guy, he has fast hands."
Aaron Pryor: "I like Pac Man. Because he throws a lot of punches and he's giving it his all. I love Mayweather - he proves himself over and over and over again. I just want him to prove himself one more time - for me. For me to be on his side he gotta beat the best. And Pac Man is one of the best. Then I'll say Yay. I like Pac Man. I like Pac Man in the fight. I think Pac Man throws a lot of punches and I don't think Mayweather is gonna be equipped to handle it. That's just how I feel. But he's proven himself so many times. But that's what the fight game is about - every time you fight - prove yourself. I had eleven world title fights. Each time I fought one of those title fights it was about proving myself."
Scoop Malinowski is the author of the new book 'Facing Federer' which is now available at Amazon.com