Pacquiao vs. Mosley: What's Really at Stake?

Troy SparksColumnistApril 27, 2011

HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 20:  Manny Pacquiao (R) of the Philippines spars with his coach Freddie Roach (L) during a media workout at the Wild Card Boxing Club on April 20, 2011 in Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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After Manny Pacquiao disposes of Shane Mosley, May 7, what will be next on the horizon for the pound-for-pound king?  Only Manny knows the answer.

There are a handful of challengers that want a piece of him.  Unfortunately, they're not in his league or even close to coming to it.

How can you argue with a man who had Freddie Roach as his trainer for the last 10-plus years?  Their relationship worked well enough for them to be on top of the world right now.

Pacquiao is now the face of boxing.  You could never imagine that a foreign-born boxer would come over to the United States and dominate his opponents.  America loves the Pac Man more than any current U.S. born fighter.  We love the other guy too, but he's running from Pacquiao.

Since 2005, Pacquiao has won all his fights, which are 13 and counting.  No wonder he can stake his claim as being the best in the game, regardless of weight class.

There is only one man who can put that claim to rest.  The savage beating Pacquiao gave Antonio Margarito last November makes the pretty boy stay his distance.

While Floyd Mayweather Jr. watched the Andre Berto vs. Victor Ortiz fight at ringside with rapper 50 Cent, somebody from HBO should've asked that punk when was he going to get off his butt and get back into the ring to train for a real fight.

If Pacquiao is a 6-to-1 favorite to whip Mosley, the odds of him fighting Mayweather is about even. 

The only other challenger left for Pacquiao out there is Juan Manuel Marquez.  The Mexican wants the third fight to happen badly after a draw in the first one and a loss in the second.  Maybe there should have been a mandatory rematch clause in their second fight in the contract.  Someone would have won that third fight.

You flip a coin and see who Manny would prefer to fight next.  The whole world knows who he should fight.  His promoter, Bob Arum, has it already figured out.  He wants Marquez to be the next guy in line; however, Mayweather could rain on that parade if he throws his name into the hat.