In The Beginning There Was Hype
When: December 2008
Who's to blame: Neither
We're taking it all the way back to '08 when talks of this super fight first began to generate interest among boxing enthusiasts and casual fans alike. Pacquiao had just out-punched Oscar De La Hoya 224-83 in his bloody eight-round destruction that would send The Golden Boy into retirement. His victory continued his historic climb up weight classes. Mayweather had defeated De La Hoya 17 months earlier, but his split-decision victory was controversial as some fans argued that De La Hoya was the clear aggressor and thus deserved the victory. Regardless of whose side you were on, by the end of 2008, everyone agreed that both Pacquiao and Mayweather were the top pound-for-pound fighters in the world. At the time Mayweather was in the midst of a 21-month layoff from the sport, so the world had to wait before serious negotiations began.