Manny Pacquiao Up Next? Not So Fast...
Well, I guess that whole business about Floyd Mayweather Jr. being "afraid" of top welterweights was a bit overstated...
After being slammed in the press for months about "picking on" lightweight champion Juan Manuel Marquez. Mayweather did what would have seemed impossible before the fight, and beat legit welterweight champion Shane Mosley with possibly even more ease than he had "Dinamita."
Considering how brutally Mosley had defeated Antonio Margarito in his previous fight, the argument that Floyd would ever have had any reason to duck the plaster-gloved wonder (or any other 147 pound fighter) seems laughable now as well.
So where does "Money" go from here? A super fight with fellow P4P kingpin Manny Pacquiao is being trumpeted by every sportswriter who can get their hands on a computer, but would that really be the kind of challenge that we want to see for Mayweather?
Quite simply, no. HBO commentator Emmanuel Steward correctly observed that Floyd looked bigger than Shane Mosley, which was surprising considering that going into the fight, the size and power advantage was thought to be in Shane's corner.
This leads one to believe that Floyd would be much, much larger than Pacquiao if they were to ever share a ring. As much as boxing fans love Manny, the idea that Floyd could lose to somebody significantly smaller than him is borderline crazy.
In boxing, beating a bigger man requires superior speed and skills. How could anybody be faster and more skilled than Mayweather? Pacquiao may be able to match, or even slightly exceed him in athletic ability and explosiveness, but despite the good work of trainer Freddy Roach, his boxing skills are still not at all on par with Mayweather's.
The fight would still be a massive event, and would draw a lot of attention to the sport, but we have no reason to think the result could be any different. Frankly, I don't need to see another Mayweather blowout.
Floyd mentioned after the fight that he had considered a middleweight title attempt after seeing Sergio Martinez recently defeat Kelly Pavlik. Who knows, a chance at a belt in that prestigious division might even be enough to get him to cough up the dough for sanctioning fees.
In Martinez he would have an opponent who is in that very rare group of fighters (along with Pacquiao) who are his peer in terms of athletic ability. Martinez however, is bigger than Floyd. Considering that the most trouble Mayweather has had in the past has been against bigger fighters (Castillo, De La Hoya) this could be an intriguing match up.
While the casual fans continue to beg for a Pacquiao-Mayweather showdown, I instead will be hoping to see a match up with somebody that has a decent chance to give him a run for his "Money." We'll see what route he takes.
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