It's about time that other aspects of the potential bout between Pacquiao and Mayweather Jr. are discussed, so I asked some notable personalities in the boxing world their opinions on what matchup they would like to see on the undercard. The megabout is "supposedly" off for now, but considering the trend in negotiations, it won't be shocking for it to be on again.
The Pacquiao vs. Mayweather Jr. bout is one of the most anticipated fights in recent years. It can be argued that a fight of this magnitude has not happened since the days of the four horsemen (Hagler, Duran, Hearns, and Leonard) when bouts between elite fighters were more common.
As a result, it is fitting that this fight should include excellent undercards. This is the perfect fight for boxing to go back to its roots; the days when undercards often included title fights and featured other great boxers.
Boxing has experienced a renaissance in the last two years and the Pacquiao vs. Mayweather Jr. bout has a chance to put boxing back where it used to be; in the front pages of the sport sections and main topics of discussion in sports shows.
A great fight between two of the best fighters in our generation combined with an excellent collection of undercards will do that.
Who do you think should be on the undercards?
Read what boxing insiders have to say below.
Omar Lazu Henry, Junior Middleweight prospect: “Omar Henry vs Shawn Porter lol."
Michael Marley of Boxingconfidential.com : Sometimes we as fight fans demand too much. I don't expect a lot except for a main event which is a fistic feast. When you get served filet mignon, lobster and caviar, I don't think you should be picky about the appetizers.
Only a glutton would do that. Let's be thankful for the boxing bounty that Floyd and Manny should be. It's like the Super Bowl of boxing and, for me, that is enough.
Anything else might be a distraction. Let me put it another way. If you had a date with Miss Universe would you be eyeballing other women? I don't think so.
Alan Alster, British Boxing Board of Control official: “How about USA vs UK contests. Amir Khan, David Haye, and others for the U.K...let's have a boxing Ryder Cup.”
Granville Ampong of Maharlikan Times : I want to see Nonito Donaire, Jr. vs. either Israel Vasquez or Rafael Marquez for the WBC Super Bamtamweight title. I know Vasquez and Marquez are scheduled to fight on May 5 at the Staples Center.
But, this would be a good co-main event. Such would also boost the total package's target marketing for Pacquiao vs. Mayweather, specifically for the Latino populace as with the Black American and Asian communities, notwithstanding the command these both fighters must cultivate in the mainstream America.
This should help as well Donaire's image as he will be exposed to a much higher level, as a matter of "foreshadowing the place" of Pacquiao's prominence especially if the latter retires from boxing.
Ronnie Nathanielz of Insidesports.ph : Rodel Mayol vs Giovanni Segura should be a good one because Brian Viloria has a fight in January and to pit him against Ivan Calderon in March may be too soon but that is also a fight I'd love to see.
If Eden Sonsona doesn't fight on Top Rank's 'Pinoy Power III' in February he'd be a great addition to the Pacquiao-Mayweather card because he is from GenSan and fights much like Manny when he was young. Sonsona's 45 second KO of Monico Laurente last Saturday reminded me so much of Pacquiao vs Lelohonolo Ledwaba, style-wise.
Tim Harrison of Fighthype.com : I'd like to see Victor Ortiz test himself against a more game competitor. Lamont Peterson, coming off a UD loss to Timothy Bradley, fights under the Top Rank banner, and would be a good opponent for Ortiz. Ideally I'd like to see Ortiz rematch Marcos Maidana, but that likely won't happen.
Rashad Holloway, Welterweight prospect: There aren't any particular fights I'd like to see off hand. I just think its highly disrespectful to fans to have the biggest fight in decades be supported by prospects and contenders fighting guys way over there heads.
When boxing was at its best in the '80s a fight of this magnitude would be supported by other title fights that had some of the best taking on each other or the Nos. 2 and 3 contenders duking it out for that No. 1 spot.
No disrespect to the Shane and Berto fight but that fight should’ve been a co main event on the card. It would never happen cuz of fighters’ egos but that how it used to be. Shane is great and Berto is good but there fight is nothing remotely close to the mega fight so why shouldn't a fight like that be the main event and it would add more build up for the winners.
This is what boxing needs again and this is why UFC has been successful. We gotta give the fans what they want and deserve and put our egos to the side cuz it’s them putting the money in our pockets.
Brian Wilbur of Ringside Report : I would love to see Juan Manuel Lopez vs. Celestino Caballero. These are two exceptional fighters in the same weight class who are head and shoulders better than everyone else in their division.
Caballero is more seasoned and, to me, is a little better, but Juanma's potential is off the charts. Let's hope that Lopez grows a pair and agrees to fight Caballero, his only true challenge at 122 pounds.
Chris Strait, of CStrait : I miss the days of the megacards: Chavez, Norris, and Mcclellan on the same card. Multi-championship nights. Nowadays, we have only one title fight at a time, and we wonder why fighters only fight twice a year. There are only so many weekends in a year. I say this is their chance to bring boxing back to the mainstream.
Stack it full of great fights, with all promoters working together. the world will be watching Pacquiao vs. Mayweather. Let's grab em! Vasquez vs. Marquez 4, Donaire vs. Darchinyan 2, Adamek vs. Cunningham 2, all on the undercard. that would be intelligent. That's why it'll never happen.
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