Timothy Bradley vs. Manny Pacquiao II isn't necessary
Timothy Bradley was awarded the decision in a battle the world believed belonged to one man, former WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao.
A retread of such a painful topic for many boxing fans both casual and veteran would be unnecessary.
Pacquiao clearly dominated the first fight, why would anyone pay to see him robbed again in another fight?
Instead, here are three alternatives that could better serve boxing's paying public.
Marquez vs. Pacquiao
Juan Manuel Marquez (54-6-1, 39 KO) has nothing left to do in his career that would satisfy the public.
Manny Pacquiao (54-4-2, 38 KO) has proven himself to the point that only a megafight with Floyd Mayweather would excite fans.
But a fourth showdown with Marquez would certainly be a nice consolation prize in the aftermath of so many failed negotiations between Pacquiao and Mayweather.
The history between the two is epic and will surely sell with the added gloss of a sold-out Cowboys Stadium packed with screaming Mexicans and Filipinos rooting for their fellow superstar countryman.
Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Floyd Mayweather (43-0, 26 KO) is currently serving out his 87-day domestic jail sentence, but it's likely that he'll want to fight again in the fall.
Timothy Bradley (29-0, 12 KO) is the new man to beat. If Mayweather is too jaded to go through the same negotiating nightmare with Pacquiao, Bradley is a smaller star with a smaller ego.
Bradley is fast with a tough chin and a busy style that is sure to test Mayweather's slower paced style of patience.
Manny Pacquiao taking on Floyd Mayweather makes too much sense at this point.
After Mayweather suffered a bloody nose in his toughest fight yet after seeming untouchable for so many years and Pacquiao was robbed in his latest outing, there is no greater time than now to fight.
The two superstars are the essential icons of this era and nothing else at this point will satisfy anyone, causal or hardcore fan, except the fight everyone has been waiting to see for years.