Manny Pacquiao: How Pac-Man Can Save Boxing with Just One Fight
Boxing isn't as popular as it once was. Most of the household names are gone, and keeping track of which fighter holds which belt in a certain league is exhausting in itself. The most popular fighter in boxing right now is Manny Pacquiao.
There are several knocks against Pac-Man. He is very picky about his opponents and many fans, like myself, seem to think that he dodges fighters. The fight that the world wants to see is Mayweather/Pacquiao, but Pacquiao is keeping that from happening. Pacquiao will not agree to certain drug testing policies that Floyd Mayweather is requiring.
It is said that Pacquiao wont have blood drawn within a certain amount of time before a fight because it weakens him. These tests aren't anything out of the ordinary, as they are the same Olympic style testing that we have seen before. The argument for picking opponents becomes stronger. Something is in the works that might make it hard for Pacquiao to reject his next opponent.
The richest man in the world, Mexico's Carlos Slim Helu, has offered Manny Pacquiao $65 million dollars to fight in Mexico. There is just one catch:
Slim gets to choose the fighter.
It is assumed that Helu will choose a fighter from his own country. If that is true, he will most likely choose the young rising star Saul "Canelo" Alvarez. Alvarez turns 21 this summer. He is an outstanding 36-0-1 with 26 knockouts. This would actually be a formidable opponent. It is a fight that boxing fans want to see.
Manny Pacquiao needs to get this deal signed immediately. Boxing is on its last lungs, and Pac-Man is operating the respirator.
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