Forget Pacquiao vs. Mayweather: Welcome to the Future on Saturday in San Antonio

King JSenior Writer IFebruary 1, 2012

NEW YORK - OCTOBER 22:  Nonito Donaire of the Philippines celebrates defeating Omar Narvaez of Argentina and defending his WBC, WBO World Bantamweight Titles at Madison Square Garden on October 22, 2011 in New York City.  (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
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The ever-frustrating dream fight of Manny Pacquiao vs. Floyd Mayweather received another major setback as Floyd Mayweather announced this morning at his Nevada Boxing Commission hearing that he will fight 154-pound world champion Miguel Cotto on May 5th, 2012 instead of Pacquiao.

Many boxing fans have already grown sick and tired of the ongoing teasing negotiations of a potential Pacquiao vs. Mayweather fight never materializing, and one of the solutions to this repetitive disappointment is to simply just move on and look on to the future.

The future you may ask? Yes this Saturday, February 4th, Top Rank promotions is giving fans a good solid fight card billed: Welcome To The Future.

Welcome To The Future has two world-title main event fights, with undefeated WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (44-0-1, 31 KOs) vs. Marco Antonio Rubio (53-5-1, 46 KOs) as well as the co-main event of pound-for-pound champion Nonito Donaire (27-1, 18 KOs) vs. Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. (21-1-1, 18 KOs) for the vacant WBO super bantamweight title.

In the co-main event, fast-rising star Nonito Donaire looks to capture another world title at 122 pounds after his knockout of the year victory last year over Fernando Montiel. Donaire's opponent is former WBO 122-pound champion Wilfredo Vazquez Jr., who is the son of legendary Puerto Rican champion Wilfredo Vazquez Sr.

Vazquez has only one loss on his already-impressive record against Jorge Arce, a fight that many had Vazquez winning until he was stopped in the 12th round.

Should Donaire be victorious Saturday, there are endless big meaningful fight options for him at 122 pounds or 126 pounds, for he is widely regarded as the man to beat from 118 pounds to 126 pounds, even though he has not yet obtained titles at 122 pounds and 126 pounds yet.

Possible big fights with Jorge Arce or Toshiaki Nishioka at 122 pounds, or even Yuriorkis Gamboa or Juan Manuel Lopez at 126 pounds, would indeed validate his fight with Vazquez Saturday as a true welcome to the future.

Then in the main event, Chavez, son of living legend Julio Cesar Chavez Sr. looks to take on his hardest test yet in the heavy-handed Rubio, who shocked many by knocking out and upsetting undefeated prospect David Lemieux on ESPN's Friday Night Fights last year.

Since upsetting Lemieux, Rubio has knocked out all of his next three opponents in the first half of those fights.

Many—including myself—are viewing Rubio as the first true test for the WBC middleweight champion Chavez, who has many even harder tests awaiting him at 160 pounds should he be victorious Saturday, such as the widely regarded true middleweight champion Sergio Martinez.

Welcome To The Future: Chavez vs. Rubio and Donaire vs. Vazquez can be seen live at the Alamodome in San Antonio,Texas this Saturday February 4th or on HBO's World Championship Boxing at 10:00 p.m. (ET)/7:00 p.m. (PT).

According to a press release from the executive producers of HBO:



Other HBO playdates:  Feb. 5 (8:30 a.m.) and 6 (12:25 a.m.)

HBO2 playdates:  Feb. 5 (3:30 p.m.) and 7 (12:40 a.m.)

Also prior to all the action is the premiere of “2 Days: Portrait of a Fighter” debuts.  The Feb. 4 installment of this revealing and intimate look at a 48-hour span in the life of a boxer in the lead-up to one of his fights will focus on lightweight Brandon Rios of Oxnard, CA.  The feature is approximately 15 minutes.

We will be live where all the action will take place this weekend in San Antonio, Texas at the Alamodome, so definitely check back here at the Bleacher Report Boxing Community. for all of your latest boxing news going on in the world.

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KING J is the Bleacher Report Boxing Community Leader and Featured Columnist all information was provided directly to him via press release email from the executive producers of HBO.