Manny Pacquiao has a date reserved for the fall. Everyone and their uncle was hoping that Floyd Mayweather would be Manny’s date on that November night, possibly in Dallas’ mega palace. We know it better as Cowboys Stadium.
But Floyd has yet to commit. Many of the so called experts believe that Mayweather is going to wait until his uncle Roger has taken care of his well publicized legal woes. If this is in fact the case then it may well be spring 2011 before Floyd reenters the ring.
That leaves Manny without a dance partner to fill his dance card. So who can slide in there that the public would be interested in seeing? Andre Berto? Timothy Bradley? Shane Mosley? Miguel Cotto? If it were up to me I would like to see Bradley get a shot.
Bradley looked good in his fight at welterweight on Saturday night. He easily beat a tough veteran and had his opponent hurt on a few occasions. At this point in their careers I wouldn’t give Bradley a huge chance to pull the upset, but stranger things have indeed happened. And fans know that Mr. Bradley will come to fight. That means we wont have to worry about him Clotteying up the place. Clotteying is the word for a fighter who merely looks to survive while leaving his offense in the dressing room. We don’t have to worry about that with T.B.
Berto has a belt and is a young, strong prospect. His problem is that he has become a jab and grab type fighter since his war with Luis Collazo. Still his record and ranking make him deserving of a shot.
Mosley and Cotto are the enigmas here. Mosley is coming off a near shutout loss to Mayweather. What made fans of Mosley so frustrated was that he looked good for two rounds. He was also the last Mayweather opponent that one can actually recall having Floyd in trouble. After the second, Shane refused to throw a meaningful jab and was beaten easily. One note on the jab, Mosley throws it and it allows him to land a hard right behind it that buckled Floyd’s knees. Oscar De La Hoya won every round that he threw numerous jabs at Mayweather. And like Mosley, despite his trainer’s pleas, De La Hoya would not throw the jab. Anyone see a pattern here?
Each of the four can make a legitimate, although sometimes, weak case. To recap, we have Bradley making his way into the welterweight rankings who is also an exciting, hard working fighter. Berto, who may have lost some of his luster, but still is a physically gifted belt holder. Cotto, having fought well for four or five rounds against Pacquiao now has a belt at 154. Would Manny want to give Miguel another shot in order to get a junior middleweight belt? And Mosley, just to see if Manny can handle him as easily as Floyd did.
Unfortunately, like so many reality shows, it appears that Mr. Arum will probably go with his most popular Mexican fighter, Antonio Margarito. It is a name that has been mentioned that has the ability to make me laugh one minute and curse the next.
The thinking here is that Mr. Arum promotes both fighters so it is a win-win proposition for him. One can not fault his thinking as a businessman. It will bring in a large portion of the Mexican population who are fight fans.
Everything else about this possible fight in a word, stinks. Margarito has done nothing to warrant a fight with Pacquiao. He was caught, the word is caught, cheating against Shane Mosley. The kind of wraps that Margacheato had could have ended Mosley’s career or worse, his life. So excuse me if I don’t have a lot of sympathy for him. He has had one uneventful fight since being destroyed by Mosley, is not licensed to box in the States and has not beat anyone of any consequence since his loss. This is not the resume of a fighter we want to see with Pacman. Margarito has shown that he is slow and one dimensional, this has more of the makings of a lamb being led to slaughter.
Perhaps that is a good thing. If Pacquiao can finally get Margarito out of boxing’s hair then the young Mexican lions like Alfredo Angulo and Saul Alvarez can get their shot at the big time, instead of undeserving fighters like Margarito.