After Filipino slugger Manny ‘Pacman’ Pacquiao, 55 (KO 38) – lost 5 (KO 3) – drawn 2, defeated Brandon Rios in Macau, China, people have been talking up the eight weight world champions next opponent.
I have narrowed the list down to six possible names:
#6 Amir Khan
I think that this fight has an outside chance of happening. Amir Khan, likewise when talked about in the same breath as Mayweather, he too can give big PPV numbers to Pacquiao. Khan has a strong following worldwide, even with his knock-out defeats of late, Khan is still an exciting fighter regardless of how you view him, you can’t argue that.
There is then of course the Freddie Roach and Amir Khan situation, throw in the Manny Pacquiao and Amir Khan scenario also to bear in mind and we have a bit of needle.
Would either side actually want to take/make the fight with their history? I’m not so sure.
One thing is certain though, these two combatants know each other very well from all the many sparring sessions they have had against one another. Surely they will both believe they know each others weaknesses and try to press the advantage they think they hold.
Can Manny Pacquiao handle the speed of Khan? Will Amir Khan’s chin be able to withstand Pacquiao’s barrage?
It would certainly be exciting to find out.
#5 Marcos Maidana
The Argentinean has recently gathered a lot of attention following his slaying of ‘The New Mayweather’ in Adrien Broner. Many people have now became big fans of ‘El Chino’ due to the fact he gave the annoying Broner a whooping back in December and took ‘The Problem’s’ WBA welterweight belt from him without too much of a dilemma.
This could be a very interesting fight, as both fighters will look to get off shots first and try to gain the advantage. It certainly wouldn’t be a dull fight.
I see this as a risky fight for Pacquiao. OK, Maidana has the WBA title and is coming off a good win over Broner, but does Pacman gain too much from actually beating Maidana? At this stage, I don’t think he does.
If Pacquiao was to win against Maidana, it would be a good win, but how much would it tell us about where Manny Pacquiao currently stands in the rankings?
Maidana has even been mentioned by Mayweather in his ‘sweepstakes’ as Floyd’s next opponent, so clearly he is a big name challenge right now.
Does the risk outweigh the reward?
#4 Ruslan Provodnikov
‘The Siberian Rocky’ Provodnikov is a feared fighter I believe. After his performance against Timothy Bradley early in 2013, and his crushing victory over Mike Alvarado to capture the WBO light welterweight strap, Provodnikov has in a way, scared off future opposition.
I feel with Provodnikov’s frame, he could certainly go to welterweight without too many issues. This is a fight that I’m sure I won’t be alone in wanting to see happen.
Styles make fights and with these two warriors going hammer and tongs at it would be something else!
Provodnikov is a slugger with a huge heart, he will not stop pouring forward until he gets what he wants. The Russian warrior certainly won’t stop hunting until he either stops what is in front of him, or he is the one to be counted out.
As I mentioned, it’s a fight I would like to see, but highly unlikely to actually happen. I feel Pacquiao would see Provodnikov as very high risk and low gain.
#3 Timothy Bradley
Timothy ‘The Desert Storm’ Bradley has got a win over Manny Pacquiao as we all know. This win is however is a win on paper only.
There seems to have been a lot of hate thrown Bradley’s way since his post fight ring interview against Pacquiao. Bradley said “My corner said they thought I was winning the fight, they told me to go out and fight hard, win the last round and you win the fight.”
I remember the decision being read out, I was shocked. I can’t understand the thinking behind it.
Everyone believes that Manny Pacquiao won that fight clearly, so I feel there will be something in this for both men.
Bradley wants to show everyone he can beat Pacquiao convincingly and no questions can be asked.
Pacquiao will want to show that he actually won the first fight and get himself right back to where he was.
I think of all the fights listed here, this has the most chance of happening.
Bradley also has a victory in his fight against Pacquiao’s now seemingly deadly rival, Juan Manuel Marquez, so that spices things up a little more.
There is something in this fight for both men. It’s a fight I am very interested in seeing again, to gauge how Bradley has gone on since the pairs previous bout. It would also serve us well to see how Pacquiao would choose to deal with Bradley the second time around.
#2 Juan Manuel Marquez
Do I really need to say anything about this fight?
I would say from whatever has gone before in the previous four fights, it’s now all square. The knock-out Marquez achieved has settled the score for me. If the fifth fight happens it should be the winner takes all fight.
Pacquiao was seemingly very strong against Marquez in the last fight. ‘Pacman’ got clipped by that thudding overhand right from Marquez and that was that, but it was very competitive while it lasted and for me it was the best fight of the four we have seen from the two pugilists.
The fight should be made, but we know how that works. Marquez doesn’t seem to want the fight, well, he didn’t before Bradley beat him not so long ago. Maybe Marquez will be more receptive to the fifth installment now. Where else does Juan Manuel Marquez go otherwise?
It comes down to how much they want it. They have made four previous bouts, so I’m sure they could get the fifth straightened out, no problem.
I think this bout would do very well PPV wise and of course it will be all action, that is, while it lasts!
#1 Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Yep, it’s that name, again.
Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather seemingly go together in every sentence that is uttered regarding either of the two men, it doesn’t take much longer than that in any case.
It’s not only the number one fight for Pacquiao and Mayweather, it’s the top fight in boxing and has been talked about for five or so years now.
There is a rumor around that this will be the year that fight will actually take place. We have however heard this all before. It has been back and forward for years now and it has become annoying. The buzz around the world would still be insane if this fight was to go ahead this year.
This fight is a global event, no shadow of a doubt. You can even say it’s nowhere near as big a fight as it was a few years or so back, but it’s still an event on a world stage.
I’ll be honest with you, I just want to see the fight get made so we can all move on.
I do believe that the fight will do great things for boxing, which is the biggest thing that aggravates me regarding the whole situation.
We have both fighters past their primes now, clearly. Mayweather is still at the top of the tree, while Pacquiao flounders somewhat. People say Mayweather gains nothing from beating Pacquiao because ‘Pacman’ is on the slide and they then will say ‘Money’ only fought Pacquiao once the Filipino had declined enough.
‘They’ tend to say a lot, lets just get this fight done out of the way and move onto bigger and better things.
Fingers, toes and whatever else you can cross, get them crossed, hopefully the fight happens in 2014.