Who should fight Manny Pacquiao next? You've probably heard this question too many times already.
Every boxing fan (and especially every Manny Pacquiao fan), wants to know who Pacquiao will fight next, and what new greatness he will achieve with his next fight. Eight weight divisions is no joke, and Manny Pacquiao has stunned boxing fans over the past few years by accumulating them all.
May 7, Manny Pacquiao (52-3-2) and Sugar Shane Mosley (46-6-1) will fight in Las Vegas, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Both fighters seem excited and eager to get going.
For Mosley, this is a chance to elevate his name to a point where it has never been before. Even beating Oscar De La Hoya back in the day would not stand up to what beating Pacquiao would do for his career now.
For Pacquiao, Mosley is another big name to add to his resume. Mosley is a living legend, who is still considered by many to be a very dangerous opponent, even for Pacquiao.
Beating Mosley would not do much for Pacquiao’s current status as a boxer, as his win would provoke too many critics, saying, "Mosley was way past his prime," "Mosley was too old," "Mosley was way too slow for Pacquiao" and "Pacquiao just took an easy fight in Mosley."
The only thing that can quiet the naysayers is if Mosley puts up a very good fight and gives Pacquiao and Freddie Roach a run for their money.
The question that many fans are asking themselves already is: Who can Manny fight next if he defeats Shane Mosley in May?
Here are some names I find interesting.
P.S. After reading my list, I'd like to know your thoughts. Criticism is welcome with arms wide open!
I also found this online poll with over 900 votes about who Pacquiao should fight next. This is a freshly posted, December 2010 poll. Interestingly, I noticed that Floyd Mayweather Jr. is not even on the list.
Thanks for reading.