A fresh breath of calmness and collectedness briefly visited the ever changing baggage carousel that is the soap opera which surrounds May 2, 2015. The eventual feelings weren’t exactly akin to the prettiest girl in school pretending in jest to like you only to break your heart with a spoonful of concrete reality. On Monday, the priceless internet cornucopia known as BoxRec.com posted an announcement the world has waited for many years to hear, which of course is the date set in stone for the finality of a showdown between Floyd Mayweather, Jr. and Manny Pacquiao.
The news didn’t claim to break the web in the same fashion as Kim Kardashian’s keister, yet it was enough to spawn several articles, both positive and negative. It would have been quite refreshing were it to be one hundred percent true and confirmed, but alas it was not to be. The listing was gone almost as quickly as it was published. Strangely enough, many opinions changed in accordance to what was believed to be new facts. Still, the charade surrounding the super bout is running out of fingers to plug each new void created by article after article about a lot of nothing. That is essentially what we’re left with each time this happens.
To be sure however, BoxRec is an indispensable tool for media and fans alike. We can’t fault in any way the website which can be as addictive for fans of the fight game as eBay is for compulsive shoppers. Hours and hours can easily be spent on the site and we should all count our lucky sterling that the creators of the online boxing library have long said they’ve no plans to charge users for its vast breadth of knowledge.
A false alarm is not completely new to the site, so maybe we needed reminding that we can’t believe everything we read. We can be sure without any confusion that Mayweather can’t and won’t be told what to do, so some of Tuesdays’ news which stated that Manny’s camp has extended a January deadline to Floyd should be treated like a game of telephone. Remember that ball of fun? We as kids would sit around and whisper something into the ear of the person next to us and see how the original message came out after it had passed though a dozen or so adolescent heads.
As Manny Pacquiao’s stellar career really took off around 2007, the web page errantly posted details of an upcoming bout between him and Humberto Soto. Of course, it didn’t happen. Let’s hope with no sense of trepidation that the case is different for this year’s first weekend of May. In the meantime, let’s simply look to recycle yesterday’s news alongside that of tomorrow.