Ranking the Top Candidates to Fight Manny Pacquiao in 2015

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Ranking the Top Candidates to Fight Manny Pacquiao in 2015
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Can I first say that finding five guys to put on this list wasn't easy? Given the current climate of boxing politics, any fight between a boxer signed with Top Rank and one signed by Al Haymon is DOA.

Just look at the welterweight rankings from Ring Magazinemore than half the guys in the top 11 are signed with Haymon. Potential fights against Floyd Mayweather Jr., Shawn Porter, Keith Thurman, Amir Khan, Marcos Maidana, Devon Alexander and Robert Guerrero have zero chance of being made.

That list doesn't even include guys like Danny Garcia, Lucas Matthysse and Adrien Broner, who could move up from 140 pounds and make an interesting fight against Manny Pacquiao.

The lack of quality options is in large part what led to us being force-fed a match with Chris Algieri that no one outside the Algieri family has any interest in watching.

Bob Arum of Top Rank doesn't seem like the type of guy who listens to many people and especially not writers like me, but this list will break down five choices for potential Pacquiao fights in 2015 that would be significantly more interesting than the Algieri fight in November.

I won't dive into complete fantasy land—what's the point of suggesting a fight that has no chance of being made?—so you won't see any Haymon fighters on this list. That, of course, rules out the dream megafight against Mayweather.

What you will see are five fights with a chance of being made. They are ranked in the order of interest to boxing fans.

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