Last Saturday night, right after Julio Cesar Chavez Jr's good but not-so impressive win against the game and able Luciano Cuello, Bob Arum of Top Rank Promotions disclosed to the media three possible opponents for Chavez Jr.
First was John Duddy, the classy undefeated Irish. The other was Oscar De La Hoya the part time fighter, part time businessman.
Last and definitely not the least, probably the most intriguing not to mention rewarding is a fight against Pound for Pound king, Manny Pacquiao.
No sweat, I think Chavez Jr. needs a big name fighter in order for him to carved out his name in the upper echelon of boxing.
At 23 years old, he needs to prove the critics that he is not "just the son of the greatest Mexican boxing hero"
By doing so he must overcome the challenges and win in a convincing fashion against any of those three ring warriors
I believe those three guys have something different to bring in the table. Duddy has his "Beer and Pretzel" crowd behind him while De La Hoya has his legion of young and middle-aged women screaming his name.
On the other hand Pacquiao has his passionate and patriotic countrymen cheering him on.
Chavez Jr-Duddy is a battle for charisma, Chavez Jr-De La Hoya is a battle for revenge while Chavez Jr-Pacquiao is a battle for supremacy.
The Filipino in me says that I want to see Chavez Jr-Pacquiao perhaps late this year. It would be another "Dream match" in the making. Mexico versus Philippines!
A fight that will bring back boxing in it's glory days.
Just think of the possibilities.
All the revenues..
The gate attendance. Tickets will probably be sold out within hours after it'll be put on sale.
The PPV buys that's going to surpass (I'm sure of it) the De La Hoya-Pacquiao fight.
The endorsement deals and sponsorships which is going to be a tough negotiations between well-known and established companies (mostly liquor companies, Cerveza Tecate anyone? how about a bottle of San Miguel Beer?).
All the buzz and excitement..
To think that Pacquiao a former minimum weight boxer would end up fighting and eventually tarnishing the image of the 5'10 Golden Boy is insanity.
Well, think again. Pacquiao against the 6'0 super welterweight Chavez Jr. too much insanity, too much excitement.
The media coverage. Just Imagine the HBO 24/7 that'll give a glimpse of Pacquiao's videoke session, the billiards and basketball games. Not to mention the "lose weight" tournament.
How about Chavez Jr's life as a young adult. His outside the ring antics and his personal life.
Press people from around the world would gather in one venue to cover the proposed fight.
All the nationalism and patriotism involve..
Thousands of Mexicans will cross the border just to watch their "Man" while the Filipino overseas workers will take a day off just to see their "National Fist" in action.
The Mexican crowd sings "Mexicanos, al grito de guerra," while the the Filipino crowd sings "Ang mamatay ng dahil sa'yo."
In the end..
Whoever wins the sport of boxing will achieve greater heights. It will bring back the interest in boxing.
The younger Chavez Jr. is not afraid to mix it up with the seasoned pound for pound king consequently Pacquiao is not afraid to go toe-to-toe against any Goliath.
This will certainly be a real "Dream match" a fight for the ages.
If it's bound to happen...Only time will tell.