Top world boxing experts, who were impressed once more by Manny Pacquiao’s savvy performance in his clash with American champion Timothy Bradley in their April 12 fight in Las Vegas, are now parading several names as the next possible foe of the Filipino boxing icon.
Prominently mentioned among Pacquiao’s possible opponents in his next fight is unbeaten American Floyd Mayweather, Jr. The experts are saying that the expected megabuck fight between Mayweather and Pacquiao is what boxing fans all over the world want to see.
At this time, though, there seems to be no definite move to make the much awaited clash happen in the near future.
Boxing expert Scott Christ of SB Nation, discussing a possible Mayweather-Pacquiao bout, wrote, “Yes, it’s a fight that should happen. Yes, a lot of people still want to see it. I am one of them. Frankly, I think if you argue that you don’t want to see this fight, you’re revealing some kind of weird bias against … something, I’m not sure what.”
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Christ also said, “There’s no reasonable doubt that Mayweather-Pacquiao is still a better fight than just about anything else that Floyd can make at 147 or 154 pounds. The Canelo fight last year was an excellent matchup, and Floyd did his usual thing. But is there anybody out there who’s really going to pretend that they found Robert Guerrero a more interesting opponent than Manny would be, or the upcoming Marcos Maidana fight more compelling? Come on. Get serious.”
He noted that “Mayweather’s in-house options with Golden Boy/Mayweather Promotions/Haymon Industries Inc. are getting thinner and thinner, just as Manny’s are with Top Rank. Floyd and Manny aren’t going to fight unless there’s a massive shift in boxing politics, though, and while it’s a shame, that’s also the end of the story.”
Another possible opponent of Pacquaio is the winner of the fight between Juan Manuel Marquez and Alvarado on May 17. On this possibility, Christ noted that both Golden Boy Promotions and Top Rank had earlier “stated their intention to match the winner of that fight with the winner of the April 12 bout, which was Pacquiao.” This means there would be a fifth Marquez-Pacquiao, “which I think there’s still plenty of demand for, or a bout with Alvarado, which seems fairly weak right now, but if Alvarado went out and beat Marquez, it would be a decent enough bout to make,” Christ also said.
He added that, “This is all Top Rank really has for Manny right now. Most of the division’s names on American shores are with the Haymon conglomerate — Mayweather, Maidana, Guerrero, Malignaggi, Porter, Broner, Thurman, Alexander, Khan, Collazo, Garcia when he moves up, Matthysse. Those are all Showtime fighters.” Pacquiao is an HBO fighter.
In an interview with ABS-CBN sports reporter Dyan Castillejos a day after the fight, Pacquiao said he has no preference of who will be his next foe in the ring. “Maski sino basta boxer ang susunod kong kalaban,” he said.
He said he felt leg cramps early in the fight but this did not deter him from pursuing his fight plan.
Commenting on calls for him to retire now, he said he wants to fight for two or three more years. Earlier, his mother, Dionisia, and wife, Jinky, had expressed their wish for him to hang his gloves now.
In the Philippines, meanwhile, Attorney Ed Tolentino, a boxing analyst, interviewed on ABS CBN Umagang Kay Ganda on April 13, 2014, observed that in his fight with Bradley, Pacquiao was a different fighter, saying he had integrated in his arsenal of skills a caveman’s tactics and an Einstein intelligence.