Floyd Mayweather, Jr. versus Manny Pacquiao is the most awaited fight this year and next, that would never happen unless Mayweather would want it. Having it next year, would really be a longshot and almost next to impossible. Staying out of the ring for over 8 months won't do him good. Ring rust would make him look real bad and he will be easy pickings for Pacquiao. He might just as well stay retired because coming back to fight will not put him in the best shape to beat Pacquiao.
The Pacman is in the best shape of his career. He has no weaknesses, is disciplined to a fault and humble that fight fans love him much. He has ways and the demeanor to appear underdog no matter who he fights with and could sway fans to cheer him on come fight night that adds an additional adrenaline rush to him. In a 50/50 fight, cheers from fans could swing the tide in his favor.
Pretty Boy Floyd's performance against Sugar Shane Mosley convinced me that it was his last. He was slow and he looked lost although he won by TKO. Pacquiao's speed and power will be too much for him. And he won't allow being embarrassed by Pacquiao because he is too proud and would want his undefeated record to stay in the record books and will cast doubts on Pacquiao's legacy.
Mayweather's refusal to fight Pacquiao however will do more damage to his reputation than to that of the Pacman's. He will be dubbed as the undefeated coward who refuses to fight. This will leave him with a questionable legacy. Meanwhile, Pacquiao will be laughing all the way to the bank picking on patsies and old damaged goods, cementing his own legacy as one of the greatest of all time. With the way Pacquiao is being handled and marketed, he could even be the greatest because an undefeated pretty boy and self-proclaimed best pound for pound fighter is too scared to fight him. His demeanor shows that he is very scared of Pacquiao and his pronouncements are excuses he is forced to take to avoid the fight from happening. He looks pitiful in front of media as he explains his litany of excuses and reasons for not fighting the Pacman. He is not on the league of Sugar Ray Leonard and Thomas Hearns or Ray Boom Boom Mancini who fought with the best during their time, win, loss or draw. These fighters fought with dignity that is why they are some of the greatest fighters of all time.