Boxing is all about economics and fighting against the best for supremacy, albeit the former usually outweighs the latter.
Several boxing legends in the past fought in the higher weight class or went down to a contracted weight to challenge better oppositions just to make more money and cement their legacy as one of the greats.
We have seen the likes of Henry Armstrong who simultaneously held three championships in three weight divisions to a lighter Roy Jones Jr. go up against John Ruiz for the heavyweight title, or a light heavyweight Bernard Hopkins challenged a middleweight Oscar Dela Hoya.
It is a progression process for fighters at the lower weight class to eventually move up to higher weight class especially if the fight makes sense from a financial stand point.
However, fighters who challenge each other are usually one weight class apart for the fight to be viewed as physically competitive.
Today, Manny Pacquiao, the eight-division champion and the consensus P4P best is on top of the food chain, period.
Until Floyd Mayweather Jr. resumes fighting and starts destroying real oppositions, Manny Pacquiao is no doubt boxing’s center of gravity. Never have we seen such a boxer so dominant yet so marketable he is being pursued by so many challengers from five different weight divisions.
Let’s examine five highly potential opponents in five different weight classes from lightweight to middleweight who want to cash in by challenging the pound-for-pound king.
Let me remind the readers, that these are men who have been vocal in challenging Manny Pacquaio and are most likely the front runners of being Pacquaio's next opponent.
Those who have the skills to pose a good challenge against Pac-Man but remained silent, well, perhaps they belong to a different list.