With November 10, 2012 now confirmed as Manny Pacquiao’s next fight date, it is time for Manny to decide his next opponent. Miguel Cotto, Juan Manuel Marquez and Timothy Bradley are all the best options.
Thus far, while expressing mild interest in fighting Pacquiao again, Cotto has not been mouthing off and digging his teeth into that fight. He is calm about his career, and is planning on fighting in New York at Madison Square Garden sometime this year.
Juan Manuel Marquez, on the other hand, has always been Pacquiao’s top rival. He has always made it public that he wants to fight Pacquiao, and thinks that he was robbed in his previous fights against the Filipino champion. Millions of fans say that they want real, definitive closure on that fight, but have not yet seen it.
Bradley, knowing that Pacquiao has a few lucrative options, wants to be the top one of them all.
Recently, in an interview with The Desert Sun, Bradley voiced his opinion about team Pacquiao and their likely fear of facing The Desert Storm again:
To be honest with you, I think a lot of people on that side are scared. He couldn't knock me out with two peg legs. Me healthy, I'm going to beat him worse. If Manny wants to do it, let's do it. It's been a circus around here. I've been sitting around here waiting. I want the fight, but he hasn't decided yet.
I am not convinced that, based on Bradley’s last performance against Manny, anyone from camp Pacquiao should be scared of anything. Bradley performed real well, but was nowhere near intimidating. Both fought a great fight, and, in my honest opinion, Bradley fought his heart out and did better than most against Manny.
Having said that, most saw him lose to Pacquiao, despite the fact that the judges decided otherwise.
Before stating that he would beat Pacquiao worse, he would first need to beat him once. This is exactly why it all turned out to be a circus; because Bradley likes to dig a hole for himself via his unnecessary statements. It is always better to do the talking in the ring, especially when facing a very formidable and dominant champion.
I don’t expect Pacquiao to pick Bradley as his opponent for this coming November, but I do believe that Bradley will, at some point in time, get to face Pacquiao one more time.
If not, there are plenty of good fights out there for the guy who supposedly took the belts away from Pacman.