Pug Shopping: Four Possible Opponents for Manny Pacquiao
Shortly after Pacquiao "Union Jack-hammered" Hatton into oblivion, immediate questions like these sprouted:
"Who's in the bullpen to face the baseball bat-like hard fist of the Pacman?"
"Where the other Manny...err, Money?"
I have listed four boxers that has a real chance of dancing the Tango inside the ring with Pacquiao on his next bout.
The 27-year-old Venezuelan's hobby is to walk inside the ring and rearrange the face of whoever is without a shirt like him.
His record should not be read when something is in your mouth—unless someone around you knows the Heimlich Maneuver.
25W, 0L, 25KOs—19 of which were finished on the first round.
The problem with Valero is that he has never faced a competitor of name, someone who has enough credits he had beaten that would justify his ledger.
Also he fights with reckless abandon, as if defense is just an option and not a precaution.
He should learn something from Hatton the last time out. Against Manny Pacquiao, this crab is going to be grilled—unless he really catches the Filipino with an ultra-lucky punch, as we know he packs a bomb in those fists.
Juan Manuel Marquez
Marquez will forever claim that he has won those two epic battles with Manny Pacquiao. He is forever entitled to it. Amen.
The truth is, those fights are so competitive that if Andromeda and our Milky Way is that close by tomorrow, we will never ever see these two men fight again for we will all be dead.
Fans beg for a third fight to conclude the real winner grant it would not be close again.
I give Marquez a fair chance against Mayweather because the bout is set at 140 lbs., which makes Mayweather go down in weight and fight at the Junior Welterweight Division—which he hasn't touched since knocking out Gatti in 2005.
Still, it's going to be Floyd Mayweather over Marquez.
And if Marquez pulls the rug under Mayweather, he would then be the logical next opponent for Pacquiao.
I strongly believe that if these two meet again right now for the third time, Manny would once and for all deliver the eulogy for all the debates on whether he lost or won those two fights with Marquez.
Youth is not on Marquez's side, even though he is still in a very much potent form. But Pacquiao has improved vastly and as shown on the Hatton fight, his right hand has more activity never mind the power in it.
Of course, Marquez—as a technically gifted fighter that he is—will surely create some problems for Roach's Ward. And of course Pacquiao, as complete of a fighter as he is now, should win.
Fresh from a comeback win against Michael Jennings and fresher from bewilderment upon seeing his Jaguar 2009 get thrashed by a lowly cement block, Miguel Cotto is set to fight Joshua Clottey for the IBF Welterweight tiltle. Should he win, will he be next for Pacquiao?
Bob Arum, after witnessing Manny Pacquiao made a carnage of David Diaz in the lightweight division, said that he can conquer the division if he wants, but jokingly advised Manny to stay away from Miguel Cotto of the welterweight class.
Now it can no longer be said that it really is a joke as Arum is now dithering on pitting his two boxers against each other. But at what weight?
Pacquiao showed he has power in 147 lbs. against the shell of Oscar de la Hoya, but how would he fare against a relativiely young welterweight fighter who's at his peak?
Cotto is known to attack the body, but can mix it up for a brawl—as evidenced with the Zap Judah bout.
I see a dangerous fight here for Manny and I will not make any prediction. I just know this is going to be a great fight.
Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Of all the fighters, Floyd Jr. might be the unanimous want of the boxing world to be Pacquiao's next opponent.
When the boxing world pleaded for a Mayweather-Margarito bout, it yielded nothing.
When the boxing world prayed for Mayweather-Cotto fight, we saw nothing.
Now, if the boxing gods make Mayweather victorious over Juan Manuel Marquez, a Pacquiao-Mayweather collision is next to inevitable.
Pound-for-pound list's best fighters. The humble Filipino against the arrogance frothing mouth of the pretty boy.
Offense versus defense.
If there's anything that we need, it's not Clay Aiken.