Manny Pacquiao vs. Juan Manuel Marquez: 11 Boxers We'd Rather See Pacman Face
With Manny Pacquiao vs. Juan Manuel Marquez III seemingly a done deal for November 12th, some boxing fans like myself can't help but be a bit disappointed.
Once again it looks as if a Pacquiao vs. Floyd Mayweather showdown will never happen and instead of fighting a young fighter with something to prove, Pacman has opted to go after another over-the-hill, past-his-prime opponent.
Of course there's unfinished business between Pacquiao and Marquez, but they haven't met in the ring since 2008. Since then the 37-year-old's skills have eroded and he was completely dominated by Mayweather in 2009.
Instead of continuously taking advantage of Money May's leftovers, here are 11 boxers we wish Manny Pacquiao would be fighting instead.
Sergio Gabriel Martinez
If Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather can't come to an agreement to fight, why doesn't Pacman go after the third best pound-for-pound boxer in the world today?
Sergio Martinez was a late-bloomer in the sport, but he's currently in his prime and would present the biggest challenge of Pacquiao's career. It would be a must watch fight for all sports fans.
Everyone could agree that Manny Pacquiao vs. Floyd Mayweather is the biggest potential bout the sport of boxing has to offer right now.
Manny Pacquiao vs. Sergio Martinez is the second biggest.
There are a few weight issues that would have to be worked out. Martinez is naturally a much bigger man than Pacquiao, so he would have to agree to fight Manny at a catch-weight.
Given the money that would be on the table for both fighters, I don't see why they couldn't come to an agreement.
Who doesn't get excited about a potential Manny Pacquiao vs. Amir Khan showdown? Three people, actually. Both fighters and their trainer Freddie Roach.
This fight will probably never happen just because they have become great friends and spend a lot of time training together. However, if would be one heck of a fight.
Both Pacquiao and Khan have super exciting styles. There would be non-stop fireworks until one of them gets knocked out.
Unfortunately for Khan, he would ultimately be the one kissing the canvas.
Nobody saw Victor Ortiz beating Andre Berto last month.
Everyone assumed he had no heart or passion for the sport, but his performance that night quickly made him a fan-favorite amongst boxing fans.
Since then he has gained a ton of mainstream media attention and has even been rumored as Floyd Mayweather's next opponent. While nothing is official yet, we'd rather see him fight Pacquiao.
Neither Pacman nor Money May would be taking much of a risk against Ortiz, but at least a Pacquiao-Ortiz bout is guaranteed to have fans jumping for joy until somebody gets knocked out.
A Mayweather vs. Ortiz bout could end up being a boring one-sided affair with Mayweather playing it safe in-order to win a risk-free 12-round unanimous decision.
Timothy Bradley quite possibly has the most sound boxing technique and defensive skills in the sport today, second to only Floyd Mayweather.
We would love to see a Manny Pacquiao vs. Timothy Bradley fight for a couple reasons. First of all, it would give us a great idea of how Pacman would compare to Mayweather in the ring.
It would also serve as a great tune-up fight for Pacquiao if there actually is any chance of him ever fighting Money May.
Against Shane Mosley, Pacquiao didn't move around quite as much as we're used to. I don't want to say he struggled, but he definitely didn't look like himself.
Mosley may have been too old to take advantage of Pacman's weak mobility, but Bradley would have the ability to capitalize on it.
Admittedly, Saul Alvarez is too young and inexperienced to deserve a fight with Pacquiao at this point in his career.
However, we would much rather see it happen now than a third fight with Juan Manuel Marquez.
Alvarez has all of the natural ability to eventually become a superstar in the sport.
His gorgeous red hair and Mexican flair will probably help him reach popularity heights that only Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather currently have.
Last time we were able to watch Andre Berto fight he was in a war with Victor Ortiz. Of course we all know the result of that fight. Berto was upset and his reputation has been brutally demoralized.
If he would have beaten Ortiz as planned he would have been the front-runner to face either Pacquiao or Mayweather later this year.
Berto may have fallen off of the radar as far as big-fights are concerned, but he's still a naturally gifted fighter.
He should have learned more in his loss against Ortiz than he has during his entire career.
With the proper training and dedication he'll come back better than ever.
Julio Cesar Chavez Jr
Thanks to daddy, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. has become one of the most popular Mexican fighters in the world.
If you just glance at his record of 42 wins (30 KOs) and 0 losses, you may be fooled into thinking he's an elite fighters.
In addition, Chavez Jr. recently hooked up with trainer Freddie Roach which just increases his appeal to the general boxing fan.
However, if you look at his record a little closer you'll quickly realize that he has been one of the most protected fighters in recent memory. He really hasn't fought anyone who could possibly jeopardize his perfect record.
In all honesty, he wouldn't stand much of a chance against Pacquiao. But if money talks then this fight should definitely be made.
Chavez Jr. has a huge following and plenty of his fans would do a great job at hyping this fight into a huge earner for both boxers.
Not too long ago Williams was rumored to be a potential opponent for Pacquiao. Instead, Pacman decided to fight Antonio Margarito and Paul Williams decided he'd take a nap in a rematch with Sergio Martinez.
Manny Pacquiao vs. Paul Williams would still be a very appealing fight for boxing fans though. Williams would have a huge height and reach advantage over the much smaller Pacquiao.
It would be fun to watch Manny chop down another tree and makeover Williams' face like he did Margarito's. Who doesn't love watching a much smaller man beat the heck out of giant in comparison?
Marcos Maidana is a dangerous opponent for anyone, including Manny Pacquiao.
He may not be the most skilled boxer in the world, but his knockout power is enough to spell trouble for anyone.
Maidana is rarely in a boring fight. It's nearly guaranteed that a Pacquiao vs. Maidana showdown would be a contender for fight of the year before the two even step foot in the ring together.
We imagine Pacman's skills would eventually prove too much for Maidana, but it wouldn't be an easy fight for him at all. One mistake and Maidana has enough power to floor anyone.
A rematch against Miguel Cotto has been discussed numerous times in Pacquiao camp and still hasn't been ruled out as a future fight.
If Pacman has truly ran out of opponents, why not recycle through some of his former victims?
Believe it or not, there are people who still don't believe that Pacquiao was simply that much better than Cotto when he completely destroyed him back in 2009.
I guess if Mayweather won't fight him, Pacquiao might as well beat the crap out of Cotto all over again.
You had to know it was coming. A list about Manny Pacquiao without mentioning Floyd Mayweather really isn't a list at all. It's just ignoring the facts.
Manny Pacquiao vs. Floyd Mayweather must happen. If it doesn't, the sport of boxing will suffer because of it.
I honestly don't care who would win or why they can't come to an agreement. It doesn't matter. Money obviously shouldn't be an issue because both fighters will see plenty of it.
If either man cares one bit about their legacy, they will get together and figure out a deal.
Without fighting each other, both fighters will forever be remembered as cowards.