Edwin Valero: The Homicidal Maniac Who Never Got the Chance to Fight Manny Pacquiao

Colin LinneweberSenior Writer IApril 5, 2011

We will never know how good Valero could have been.
We will never know how good Valero could have been.

Former WBC lightweight champion “El Terminator” Edwin Valero committed suicide approximately one year ago in his prison cell, a day after he was accused of murdering his wife.

Venezuelan authorities revealed Valero (27-0, 27 KOs) admitted that he killed his wife, Jennifer Viera, in a hotel on Saturday, April 18, 2010. He was arrested the following morning.

Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela Federal Police Chief Wilmer Flores told reporters “El Terminator” used his clothes to hang himself at a police lockup in North Central Carabobo State and he was officially pronounced on April 19. He was 28 years old.

After Valero battered Mexico’s Antonio DeMarco (23-2-1, 17 KOs) to win a ninth-round TKO in February in Monterrey, his name was mentioned as a potential future opponent for Manny “Pac-Man” Pacquiao.

“Manny Pacquiao is the fight the world wants to see,” said Valero, the only fighter in the 30 years of the WBC to win every bout of his career by knockout.

Pacquiao (52-3-2, 38 KOs) has ridiculously agreed to fight former three-division champion “Sugar” Shane Mosley May 7 at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas.

Strictly due to his name recognition, Mosley (46-6-1-1, 39 KOs) was selected as the opponent for Pacquiao over more qualified boxers like lightweight champion Juan Manuel Marquez (52-5-1, 38 KOs) and welterweight titlist Andre Berto (27-0, 21 KOs).

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"Styles make fights," said Roger "Pit" Perron, 73, a longtime trainer from Brockton who now works with Mike and Rich Cappiello at their gym, Cappiello Brothers Boxing and Training. "Mosley has quick hands, he will press the fight, and he is a legit welterweight who has fought real champions. But, he’s no Pacquiao."

There is a distinct possibility that Valero would be scrapping Pacquiao next month instead of Mosley if he weren’t a homicidal, and suicidal, maniac.

Pacquiao is an all-time great and the relatively untested Valero would have justifiably been a decided underdog had he ever met the “Fighting Pride of the Philippines.”

Nevertheless, Valero, a southpaw who once established a world record by winning his first 18 professional fights by opening round knockouts, had a fearsome ring presence and solid overall abilities as a prizefighter.  

Valero’s manic, ferocious and aggressive nature in the squared circle were actually somewhat reminiscent of Boxing Hall of Famer Roberto “Hands of Stone” Duran (103-16, 70 KOs).

Valero never accomplished enough as a boxer prior to his demise to be genuinely compared to an icon like Duran.

The Venezuelan street thug, who reportedly compiled an amateur mark of 86-6 with 57 knockouts, was an exceptionally capable fighter who would have required much seasoning to ever become great.

Valero badly needed to enhance his jabbing proficiency and it was going to be imperative that he learned to become a more disciplined prizefighter.

“El Terminator” also had a hazardous propensity to keep his chin elevated and his rambunctious, brawling approach would have left him vulnerable against an utter ring tactician like Pacquiao.

Still, if Valero hadn’t self-destructed he would have had the very definition of “a puncher’s chance” to knock the Filipino superstar onto Queer Street in a battle.

“Valero hit so hard, he absolutely could have beaten Pacquiao on any given night,” said promoter Rich Cappiello from Brockton. “Valero was not considered great because he never fought the best fighter’s out there. If he was ever given a shot, he possibly could have proven his greatness.”

Pacquiao’s legacy as an iconic prizefighter is already cemented.

Edwin Valero was a boxing prodigy who, if sane, could have become one of the preeminent pound-for-pound pugilists in the sport.

Instead, Valero will pathetically now always be recalled as a wife-beater who eventually descended into a cold-blooded killer.

Manny Pacquiao is a victor both inside and outside of the squared circle.

Conversely, Valero was a force in the ring that died as an absolutely disgusting loser outside of it.

Edwin Valero potentially could have been a formidable adversary for Manny Pacquiao later this spring.

Sadly, fight fans will never find that out.

Due to a volatile evildoer, two people are dead, numerous lives have been forever altered and questions, rather than answers, will always remain.