The Match Game: Who Will Fight Who?

Christopher FalvelloCorrespondent ISeptember 14, 2009

This fall there are two showcase Pay-Per-View fights that, while major events, appear to be little more than warm up fights for boxing’s two mega-stars.  While the logical conclusion is that sometime next year Pacquiao and Mayweather will get it on, we all know that boxing rarely follows a logical course.

From these two mega-fights, Mayweather vs. Marquez and Pacquiao vs. Cotto, there are four distinct possibilities.  Each one we will examine here.


Juan Manuel Marquez vs. Miguel Cotto

This is the least likely matchup to be made in the aftermath of these big fights.  Mostly it is unlikely because both fighters are underdogs.  However, both Marquez and Cotto have a chance to win. 

While of the four outcomes this is the least appealing right now, if both Marquez and Cotto find a way to win who’s to say that this wouldn’t be a big, appealing fight.


Floyd Mayweather, Jr. vs. Miguel Cotto

This eventuality is more likely than the previous one, and considering the depth of the welterweight division this would be a great fight.  However, if Cotto beats Pacquiao how likely is it that “Pretty Boy” will fight him?

After all this is a fight that should have been made over a year ago.  Floyd is great at slipping punches, he’s also great at slipping challenges. 

After beating De La Hoya, the game was open for “Money”.  Mosely, Margarito, Cotto, Williams, and Berto were all viable and difficult challenges.  So what did Floyd do?  Beat up on a smaller guy with a style tailor made for him and then quit. 
Should this fight happen, it will be a big PPV fight. 

It will also be long overdue.


Floyd Mayweather, Jr. vs. Manny Pacquiao

This is the most logical outcome of this sort of pound-for-pound elimination tournament.  It is also the fight that the public has been clamoring for since Pacquiao sent Hatton to la-la land.  Hands down this is the biggest fight that can be made right now, and after big signature victories, it would be even bigger. 

Look for Mayweather—Pacquiao to be the biggest sporting event of 2010.  It would also be one of the best. 


Manny Pacquiao vs. Juan Manuel Marquez III

To be honest with you, gentle reader, this is the fight I want to see.  Pacquiao and Marquez is a blood feud that not only brings out the best in each fighter, but also pushes each one to their limit as fighters.

Although the trilogy stands at 1-0-1 for Pac-man, almost every boxing expert thinks that Pacquiao still has to prove he can beat Marquez.  If “Dynamita” can make it past Mayweather on Saturday, look for a public clamor for this fight to take place.  I certainly will be calling for it, after all, these guys were made for each other.

As a final twist, consider this:  Juan Manuel is the undisputed lightweight champion and Pacquiao is the undisputed Junior Welterweight champion.  They are also ranked one and two on Ring magazine’s pound for pound list. 

If they got together at 135, then both championships, the pound for pound number one, as well as biggest draw in boxing would be on the line.  Talk about a fight being for all the marbles.


No matter what happens, there’ll be at least one big fight on the slate for 2010.  It will also be a great fight.