Manny Pacquiao: Does Shane Mosley, Andre Berto or Marquez Have Best Shot?

Trae ThompsonSenior Analyst IDecember 15, 2010

Manny Pacquiao: Does Shane Mosley, Andre Berto Or Marquez Have Best Shot?

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    ARLINGTON, TX - MARCH 13:  Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines looks on in the ring with trainer Freddie Roach while taking on Joshua Clottey of Ghana during the WBO welterweight title fight at Cowboys Stadium on March 13, 2010 in Arlington, Texas. Pacquiao
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    Manny Pacquiao will return to the ring on May 7.

    Who he will fight remains unknown, but it appears the race is among Shane Mosley, Andre Berto and Juan Manuel Marquez. All have strengths, but they also have glaring weaknesses that would make it a less than favorable promotion.

    As sports fans and fight fans await Pacquiao's decision, let's break down who has the best shot at facing boxing's pound-for-pound champ:

Shane Mosley

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    LAS VEGAS - MAY 01:  Shane Mosley looks on from his corner during a round break against Floyd Mayweather Jr. during the welterweight fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 1, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
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    Why to pick him: The former pound-for-pound king is a well-known name, and would be a definite step up in competition from Joshua Clottey and Antonio Margarito. 

    Why not: He's 39 and this fight would make no sense, especially after a draw with Sergio Mora and a lopsided loss to Floyd Mayweather Jr.

    Odds: 3/2 .... If it's not Mayweather, then Mosley will be the next best option.

Andre Berto

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    NEW YORK - APRIL 21:  WBC Welterweight Champion, Andre Berto attends ESPN the Magazine's 7th Annual Pre-Draft Party at Espace on April 21, 2010 in New York City.  (Photo by Mark Von Holden/Getty Images for ESPN)
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    Why to pick him: He's a young, promising fighter who's definitely earned a shot to face Pacquiao. He would also be much faster, and be a bigger threat than Mosley.

    Why not: From a promotional standpoint, your average sports fan will have no clue who Berto is. 

    Odds: 8-1....That doesn't mean he's bad, it just means it's tough to see this being Pacquiao's choice.

Juan Manuel Marquez

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    LAS VEGAS - JULY 30:  WBA/WBO lightweight champion Juan Manuel Marquez poses on the scale during the official weigh-in for his fight against Juan Diaz at the Mandalay Bay Events Center July 30, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Marquez will defend his titles aga
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    Why to pick him: He's the one fighter who's given Pacquiao a true test. They fought to a controversial draw in their first fight, and Pacquiao won a narrow decision in their rematch.

    Why not: Marquez may have priced himself out of a third fight, according to some reports. Others have questioned whether a move up in weight would cause him to lose his effectiveness.

    Odds: 5-1. The two previous fights have been fantastic, and Marquez would draw in Hispanic fight fans. 

Floyd Mayweather Jr.

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    MIAMI, FL - DECEMBER 01: Boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr watches a game between the Miami Heat  and the Detroit Pistons at American Airlines Arena on December 1, 2010 in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading a
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    Why to pick him: Because he's one of the most talented fighters to ever enter the ring, and a fight with Pacquiao would be one of the biggest in decades.

    Why not: There's absolutely zero reason.

    Odds: 20-1. As long as Mayweather is silent, and legal issues remain for him and his uncle, the fight everyone wants won't happen.