Manny Pacquiao vs Antonio Margarito: What Happens To the Boxing World Afterward?
By the time the majority of you read this column, the result of the Pacquiao-Margarito fight will be in the history books. Will Manny Pacquiao be triumphant or will the Tijuana Tornado have shocked the world? Here's a speculative look at both results.
First of all whether or not Margarito deserves this chance is not up for discussion. Did he or didn't he cheat? Draw your own conclusion. Did he knowingly poke fun at Freddie Roach's condition? Once again draw your own conclusion. The fact remains that Margarito is getting this chance to compete for the WBC junior middleweight strap.
Let's assume Pacquiao is triumphant. The boxing world can breathe a collective sigh of relief and start the demand for the Manny Pacquiao-Floyd Mayweather Jr mega-fight. Best case scenario is that in 2011 we finally get to see the fight we've all been clamoring for (and even if its 100 bucks, I'm paying to see it in HD!).
The Floyd Mayweather Jr-Manny Pacquiao fight could be the biggest attraction in boxing in quite sometime. Leonard-Hearns, Hagler-Hearns, Pryor-Arguello, Chavez-Taylor, etc are some fights that come to mind.
On the other hand, let's suppose Mayweather-Pacquiao never happens? Mayweather could retire undefeated,but there would always be the Pacquiao shadow to accompany him to the Hall of Fame. Pacquiao could face the winner of Martinez-Williams, Timothy Bradley or retire to a life of politics in his native land.
Which scenario do you see being played out?
On the other hand what if Margarito shocks the world and pulls off the upset? The world of boxing would be turned upside down! Margarito would not only gain redemption, but exorcise the demons that have tormented him the past year and half.
Would there be clamor for a rematch? What about a Floyd Mayweather Jr-Antonio Margarito fight? After all shouldn't Margarito be allowed to cash in on the win with another big payday fight? Of course die hards would love to see Margarito mix it up with exciting stylistic fighters in that division such as El Perro Angulo or Kermit Cintron again.
What about unifcation matches with Cotto again, Cornelius "K-9" Bundrage or Sergiy Dzinziruk? The Cotto rematch would be a huge draw, as it would kill any doubt about the "handwrap" issues if he were to beat Cotto again just as convincingly.
What about a jump in weight to challenge Sergio Martinez, Paul Williams, Gennady Golovkin or Dmitry Pirog?
A win for Antonio Margarito would be good for boxingand open up many doors of opportunity for big fights. After Nov. 13 the puzzle will start to sort itself out.
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