Extra! Extra! Read All About It: Pacquiao Faces A Top Welter Before PBF

Oliver SuarezContributor IISeptember 20, 2009

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - SEPTEMBER 14:  Manny Pacquiao and  Miguel Cotto pose for pictures during the press conference at the Beverly Hills Hotel on September 14, 2009 in Beverly Hills, California.  (Photo by Jacob De Golish/Jacob De Golish)

First off, congratulations to Floyd Mayweather Jr. for dominating a great fighter such as Juan Manuel Marquez. 

I give him full credit for his victory, as he gave an amazing and masterful performance. Even with the speed, size and skill advantage on his side, there is no denying that he outclassed one of the best boxers of our generation.

But he should be criticized the same way as Jose Luis Castillo and Joan Guzman were, when both failed to make weight before a fight. Maybe even more so because of his already obvious advantages over Marquez.

What makes it worse is that, he never intended to make weight and knew that the Marquez camp will not cancel the fight by informing them at such a late stage.

Now after his victory, can we proclaim him now as the Pound for Pound King? Is he the greatest boxer of his generation?

The answer is no to both questions. But there is no denying his greatness and he may be the most talented boxer of his era. And he doesn't need to do too much to finally get the recognition he has been seeking.

First and foremost, he needs to fight a legitimate welterweight. He needs to fight Paul Williams, Miguel Cotto and Shane Mosley or any two of the three. Paul Williams is now fighting Pavlik at a higher weight, but he always says that he can move down anytime for a chance to fight Mayweather.

It's a joke that Pacquiao is about to face a legit welterweight before PBF. Let that fact sink into your system for a minute. And guess what, Juan Manuel Marquez faced an elite welterweight before him too. Both of those facts should bother PBF.

Floyd Mayweather Jr only has himself to blame for not receiving the attention or recognition that he deserves. It is frustrating for fans to see the most talented boxer continue to duck his most threatening opponents, while seeing two blown up lightweights push their limits to achieve greatness.

PBF know what he needs to do. The question is will he do it? I dont know. He can't even answer tough questions without trying to change the subject.

Did you see when Mosley called him out in the ring? He looked like a scared puppy looking for his Mommy. PBF, it is time to step up and stop protecting your unblemished record. 

An undefeated record is overrated just ask Sven Ottke. Is it a coincidence that some of the most respected boxers of this era such as Oscar De La Hoya, Miguel Cotto and Manny Pacquiao have losses but have a history for fighting the best?