Thursday, March 18, 2010
Mayweather vs Mosley
New England Boxing Examiner | Peter Czymbor
An interesting blog from ESPN.com's Dan Rafael shed some light on whom Manny Pacquiao's next opponent could be. Of course, the obvious fight everone wants to see is Pacquiao vs. the winner of Shane Mosley / Floyd Mayweather. However, a Mayweather win would resume drug testing talk which held negotiations for their fight the first time around at a stand still. If Mosley wins, then Mayweather has a rematch clause which would probably hold a Pacquiao - Mosley bout off for at least 6 months.
The other possible opponents mentioned in the blog are Antonio Margarito, Edwin Valero and Juan Manuel Marquez. Here are my thoughts on each of those opponents and the chances of them fighting Pacman.
Margarito - I used to feel he would be to big and strong for Pacquiao. He was the champ at the time Pacquiao obliterated Oscar De La Hoya and the consensus was "you're crazy" for even bringing up a Pacquiao - Margarito bout. However, now I thnk Pacquiao's blinding speed would be too much for the former titleholder. Margarito's claim to fame was resilency and power. After getting caught tryign to illegally wrap his hands prior to his fight with Mosley (which he lost by 9th round KO) he showed neither resiliency or power. MMM...makes me wonder? This guy doesn't deserve a big fight like Pacquiao.
Valero - This brawling KO artist would either knock Pacquiao out or be knocked out himself...probably the latter. This fight would most likely be contested at 140 pounds which would give Pacquiao a reason not to vacate his Ring Magazine junior welterweight title and would be fun for however long it lasted.
Marquez - If not Mayweather or Mosley, I liek Marquez. His first two bouts with Pacquiao were wars and some people feel Marquez rightfully won both times. Nevertheless, the fights were competitive which is more than any of Pacman's last 5 opponents can say. I would not be opposed to Pacquiao - Marquez III.