LAS VEGAS – Even veteran matchmaker Bruce Trampler admitted already losing hope about putting together the fight the world wanted to see.
“I gave up a couple of years ago,” said Trampler as he enumerated one by one the issues that kept Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. from facing each other in a guaranteed blockbuster of a fight expected to set records in both pay-per-view sales and live gate attendance.
But then again this is one mega-bout that has to happen especially with both boxing superstars’ options thinning out as they enter the twilight of their respective careers.
“Floyd was running out of opponents, Manny was running out of opponents,” said Top Rank’s no. 1 matchmaker since 1981. “They have to fight each other.”
Five years of haggling and dealing with issues over drug testing, prize purse, and others lead to Saturday night (Sunday, Manila time) when two of boxing’s biggest namesfinally face each other in a super-fight expected to give the sports yet an unprecedented boost.
Trampler said the match is definitely one of the biggest in boxing history, although it remains to be seen if it would really live up to its hype.
No rematch is expected if Floyd wins the fight early, while all options are open for Mayweather if Pacquiao wins it early.
“It’s really up to Floyd. (Right now), we’re very fortunate to get to this point,” said Trampler.
More than anything else, Trampler said he really wanted to see Pacquiao win over the unbeaten Mayweather.
“I like Manny to win the fight. He must very careful, he must keep his hands up, he must be focused on the fight for the entire 36 minutes,” he said.
“ I like Manny to win by decision or by knockout.”