Manny Pacquiao by TKO on May 7th and Other Predictions for 2011
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Here it is, a glimpse ahead to this weekend and beyond. I'm deleting this article if any of these things don't happen exactly how I say they will:
Manny Pacquiao stops Shane Mosley in the eighth round, but Mosley never goes down.
Floyd Mayweather does not fight this year.
Evander Holyfield vs. Brian Nielsen...ah, who cares?
Miguel Cotto beats the living plaster out of Antonio Margarito in the fall.
Wladimir Klitschko KOs David Haye, and David Haye is gracious and dignified in defeat, shedding his brash, pre-fight persona.
Manny Pacquiao's next fight is back on HBO, and it will be against Juan Manuel Marquez.
Kelly Pavlik is ranked in the top 5 of the super-middleweight division by the end of the year.
Devon Alexander redeems himself by beating Lucas Mathysse a helluva lot more convincingly than Zab Judah did.
By year's end, Chad Dawson is the undisputed champ at Light Heavyweight.
Timothy Bradley...what ARE YOU DOING?! As a great man once said, "You're blowing it, son!"
Kelly Pavlik walks all over Alfonso Lopez and stops him in three rounds.
Something happens to fudge the potential Bute/Ward blockbuster in 2012.
Golden Boy and Top Rank make peace by the end of the year, because in 2012 Cotto/Canelo has to happen.
Victor Ortiz gets his revenge on Marcos Maidana, and stops the iron-willed brawler for the first time in his career.
Mike Alvarado is too skilled and narrowly outpoints the game Ray Nahr in a decent fight.
Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. may get some sympathy from his bitter nemesis Juanma after he also suffers his first loss by stoppage to a battle-tested Mexican journeyman, Jorge Arce.
Gus Johnson is actually in attendance at this Pacquiao fight, as opposed to the fake Gus Johnson calls Showtime used in Fight Camp 360 for old Pacquiao highlights. Man, I'm gonna miss Lampley and Merchant.
Robert Guerrero moves up in weight and doesn't get a meaningful fight until next year.
Giovanni Segura goes across the world and knocks faded Thai legend Pongsakek Wonjongkam off the pound-for-pound lists for good.
Nonito Donaire and Sergio Martinez, two of boxing's biggest talents, won't have any worthy opponents until at least next year.
Paul Williams comes back and shakes off the devastating knockout to put himself back in the mix for big fights at welterweight or junior-middleweight.
James Kirkland tries to find Ann Wolf's phone number.
Juan Manuel Lopez comes back strong and solidly outboxes and outpoints Orlando Salido in a rematch.
Andre Berto doesn't get a chance to rematch his only conqueror until next year, as Ortiz fights mandatory challenger Selcuk Aydin and then avenges his Maidana loss in the fall.
Brandon Rios beats Urbano Antillon in a bloody war, then realizes all the best lightweights have moved up to 140 and most of them are with arch-rival promoter Golden Boy.
Nobuhiro Ishida cashes in on his big upset by getting knocked out by a much better opponent in his next fight, which will sadly probably be on HBO.
By year's end, Floyd Mayweather is a free man with no pending legal issues. And he's looking for a way to make a little bit of his nickname.
Pacquiao TKOs Marquez in five rounds and the Pacquiao-Mayweather Spring 2012 speculation begins!
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