By now, it’s gotten to the point where most boxing pundits are simply tired of talking about Mayweather vs. Pacquiao, or Pacquiao vs. Mayweather; however you want to call it. The proposed fight came and went and we’ll revisit it again 2011…maybe.
Regardless, Pacquiao is supposedly fighting Antonio Margarito on November 13, a fight many fans don’t care to see given Margarito’s almost-use of illegal pads.
That being said, Pacquiao calls the shots and there’s a whole other set of fighters that would be fun to see him in the ring with. Here then is a short list of some of those fighters that would likely produce fireworks with Pacquiao – in no particular order.
Timothy Bradley (25-0, 11 KOs) – While not a KO artist by any means, Bradley is quick fisted, with plenty of stamina and heart. He is without question the best fighter right now at 140-pounds (if you disregard Pacquiao’s reign as champion as he likely won’t fight again at junior welterweight). He’s an offensive-minded fighter that lays it all on the line each time he steps into the ring and wants a piece of Pacquiao badly. Though Pacquiao would be a clear favorite, their styles would match up quite nicely, no doubt giving boxing fans an all-out war, for however long it lasts.
Paul Williams (39-1, 27 KOs) – I know what you’re saying, “but Ramon, Williams is a middleweight!” Well not necessarily true. Williams has fought at middleweight and junior middleweight in recent years and says he can still make 147-pounds. Besides, even if he could only get down to 154, Pacquiao’s next fight is supposed to be at junior middleweight anyway. Perhaps a catchweight would make things possible and could you imagine what it would look like to see these two face to face? Williams would look like a light heavyweight by comparison which would only make this fight even more exciting to watch.
Juan Manuel Marquez (51-5-1, 37 KOs) – Sure, Marquez had no luck recently against Floyd Mayweather at welterweight but he looked fantastic against Juan Diaz at lightweight. At this point in his career, it’s doubtful Pacquiao could comfortably get back down to 135 pounds but a clash at 140 would be just fine. These two have unfinished business and although Marquez is 0-1-1 against Pacquiao, you could make a strong case for saying Marquez deserved both fights. For the record, I thought he won the first one and the second one could’ve been a draw.
Joshua Clottey (35-4, 20 KOs) – I’m KIDDING!
Alfredo Angulo (18-1, 15 KOs) – That’s not to say Angulo deserves a fight with Pacquiao but he’s a hard hitter with a granite chin that never stops coming forward. That’s enough for me to think the fight would be quite enjoyable. Sure, Pacquiao is much too good for Angulo but I bet there wouldd be plenty of blood and little defense.
Shane Mosley (46-6, 39 KOs) – Outside of the 2nd round against Mayweather, Mosley didn’t look very good; in fact he looked like an old fighter. That he is, but also let’s take into account Mayweather’s style…he was just too difficult to hit. Pacquiao on the other hand worries more about offense than protecting his own face which would provide a more fan-friendly slugfest than what we saw in May. Pacquiao probably wins it more emphatically but there’d be a lot of quick punches being thrown with bad intentions.
Again, just some fights that would probably be exciting to watch that we probably won’t see, but fun to think about nonetheless.
What about you fine readers? Do any of these fights interest you? Is there anyone else (besides Mayweather) that you’d like to see Manny in the ring with?
Share your thoughts!