Boxing

Manny Pacquiao: Will He Ever Lose?

NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 14: (L) Trainer Freddie Roach talks to his boxer (R) Manny Pacquiao at a press conference to promote the fight with Shane Mosley at The Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers on February 14, 2011 in New York City.  (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
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edgar solorzanoContributor IIIFebruary 16, 2011

Eight-division-champ Manny Pacquiao is one of the most popular athletes in the world at this moment. The Filipino superstar has accomplished so many great things that keep motivating the world and his people. It's almost surreal that the Pac Man has not lost a fight since 2005.

Many people are saying that Manny Pacquiao is running out of opponents. Well, it does seem like he is running out of opponents, since he has conquered the top welterweights.

However, he still has Juan Manuel Marquez, Paul Williams or Sergio Martinez if he wants to take a major risk that could increase his popularity and confidence.

Fight fans are always questioning when is Manny Pacquiao going to fight an actual challenge that will give him a great battle. Truth is, Pacquiao is on the right time; there are many inexperienced hot talents in the welterweight division, and I believe Manny Pacquiao will keep winning for the next two years.

Manny will defeat Shane Mosley, Juan Manuel Marquez and Andre Berto, if he faces him after Marquez.  Andre Berto needs to know the basic steps to surviving a round before he considers facing the eight-division king. I'm not saying Andre Berto can't defeat Pacquiao, I just believe it is not the right time yet.

Anyhow, by the time the Filipino superstar beats his next two opponents after Mosley, he will start getting few good fights with the fresh young fighters.

There are two fighters' styles that convinced me that they have a possible chance of stealing Manny Pacquiao's crown. These two fighters are Saul "El Canelo" Alvarez and Andre Berto.

Saul Alvarez is a young fighter that has great punching power and moves forward. El Canelo knows how to move to the side to trap his opponent in the ropes,a  problem Pacquiao sometimes has when battling in the ring.

Alvarez will be facing Matthew Hatton on March 5. If Saul Alvarez keeps knocking his fighters out and succeeding as a young conqueror, he may face a fighter like Manny Pacquiao in two years, or maybe three.

It all depends on who he fights.

I may sound a little crazy by stating this, but I believe a style can beat another style when I see it, and Canelo has convinced me that if he keeps it up, he may get a shot at Pacquiao one of these days.

Andre Berto is another young warrior that has the talent and punching power to defeat Pacquiao. The only thing he is missing is the experience with good quality fighters. He has the heart, speed and footwork for Pacquiao.

Berto is still sloppy at times and can mess up and commit mistakes. Therefore, I believe Andre Berto should fight Pacquiao in a year, or at least two years.

Yeah, Mayweather could probably defeat Pacquiao, if he ever fights him. But I'm not even going to waste energy talking about a Mayweather-Pacquiao fight ever happening. It's ironic that the trash-talker hasn't talked trash about the Pac Man. I don't hate Mayweather—he is a great fighter—but he has verbally attacked Pacquiao quite a few times, pumping up the crowd for nothing.

So there you have it, I said it. If Pacquiao ever loses it will probably be in two years when the hot young welterweight talents explode and get the confidence to get in the ring with the Filipino lion.

As for right now, Pacquiao will win his next few fights and will keep getting more popular through out the world.

Maybe Canelo Alvarez and Andre Berto will fight one day—a fight that will decide who will fight Pacquiao next—and if either fighter pull off the victory by KO, then we may have a mega fight that could be great for the sport.

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