If They Make Mayweather-Pacquiao 2, Will Jim Lampley Watch It?


It feels inevitable, doesn’t it, if we ponder it through the lends of the inevitablities of capitalism circa 2019…we ARE going to see Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao 2, right?

Has to be…because Manny didn’t sign with Al Haymon to fight Keith Thurman, did he?

Nope; there’s too much money that would be left on the table if they didn’t book the 42 or 43 year old Floyd Mayweather against the 40 or 41 year old fighting Senator, Manny Pacquiao. Or 44, and 42…

Right? Because sometimes these things move slower than we the people with the short attention spans like. Like, when they first gloved up, in 2015. How many years past prime was that? Five? Seven?

Anyway, you all saw the online jawing between Mayweather and Pacquiao, after Manny downed Keith Thurman on PPV in Las Vegas July 20. And some of you saw it, and opined that you wished you hadn’t. Some of you said ‘can’t those two just move on?’ Can’t Floyd, especially, find other stuff to do? I saw and heard quite a bit of that after Floyd stirred that pot.

But c’mon now, just avert your eyes if you feel that way. Put a “mute” filter on your social media accounts, so you don’t have to hear about it. Because it’s happening…

Jim Lampley didn’t see the latest Pacquaio fight, for the record.

The HBO man, who will teach students at UNC come January–yessir, you can then call him “Professor Lampley”– said that he would have liked to, but there was Legoland to attend, and grand-children to please.

OK…if and when Floyd fights Manny in that sequel scrap, would he choose Legoland over checking out that spectacle?

“Well, interestingly, Legoland may be more expensive,” the Hall of Famer stated. “Unquestionably, if you have a grand-son, or a child to go with, it will be way more entertaining, too!”



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Editor/publisher Michael Woods became addicted to boxing in 1990, when Buster Douglas shocked the world with his demolition of the fearsome Mike Tyson. The Brooklyn-based journalist Woods has covered the sport since then, for ESPN The Magazine,, ESPN New York, RING, and he was editor of from 2007-2015. Woods is also an accomplished blow by blow and color man, having done work for Top Rank, DiBella Entertainment, EPIX, and numerous other organizations.

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