Manny Pacquiao: Best Potential Opponents for Pacman After Juan Manuel Marquez

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistOctober 14, 2012

GENERAL SANTOS, PHILIPPINES - SEPTEMBER 27:  Manny Pacquiao uses punch bag during a training session at Golingan Gymnasium on September 27, 2012 in General Santos, Philippines. Pacquiao will take on Mexican Juan Manual Marquez on December 8, 2012 in Las Veg2as.  (Photo by Jeoffrey Maitem/Getty Images)
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While there is no guarantee that Manny Pacquiao will defeat Juan Manuel Marquez when the two fighters meet for the hundredth—er, fourth—time, it's hard not to look past this familiar matchup to potential future opponents for Pacman.

Will we finally get the superfight we want to see? Will a powerful new force give Pacquiao a run for his money? Will we get a rematch from a former controversial foe?

Questions, so many questions. Let's break down the best possible opponents for Pacman after he fights Marquez.



Floyd Mayweather

It may not be realistic, but this is the fight everyone wants. It may not be as sexy as it would have been a few years ago, when each fighter was in his prime, but it's still the most compelling potential match in boxing.

It may never happen, but we'll surely keep talking about it.

I'm no Mayweather supporter or enthusiast, but I do think he would win this fight. It would be an excellent clash of styles, however, and it's the one thing that could slow the UFC momentum that's slowly making boxing second fiddle in the fighting realm.


Brandon Rios

The heavy-hitter is fresh off a seventh-round TKO of Mike Alvarado in one of the more entertaining fights in recent memory. Imagining Rios and Pacquiao squaring off blow-per-blow has to make boxing fans a little giddy.

This one is probably a long shot, of course. The possibility that Rios and Alvarado will negotiate a rematch would end any thought of this fight, as would Pacquiao finally settling on a bout with Mayweather.

But it would be fun. It may not be the sexy draw that Mayweather would be, but fans would enjoy this brawl quite a bit.


Timothy Bradley

I'm not saying this is the fight anyone really wants, but if Mayweather falls through and Rios goes the rematch route, this is the logical fight. 

It already looks like Bradley might duck his December fight with Lamont Peterson—because who the hell cares if that fight happens?—and if he is willing to wait until 2013 for his next fight, a rematch with Pacquiao could be in the cards.

I'll say this: I wouldn't count out Bradley straight-up winning this time around. He may not have actually won the first fight, but he certainly impressed nonetheless. There are worse possibilities than a Pacquiao-Bradley rematch.


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