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Top Rank’s top dog Bob Arum and, one of boxing’s best trainers, Freddie Roach have both recently come out with their list of 3 potential fighters that Pacquiao could fight in November in the likely case that a fight between Manny and the “drug crusading” Floyd Mayweather Jr doesn’t come to fruition.
Fortunately, both Arum and Roach agree that Pacquiao’s November fight will be from the following list of potential opponents: Edwin Valero, Antonio Margarito, or Juan Manuel Marquez. Let’s examine these potential match-ups.
“There’s (Antonio) Margarito, (Edwin) Valero, or (Juan Manuel) Marquez,” Bob Arum, Manila Bulletin
“Valero, Marquez, or Margarito,” Freddie Roach, Manila Bulletin
Bob Arum has been throwing out Margarito’s name as an opponent for Manny ever since Margarito’s year long suspension was up. And ever since then, I have disagreed with this fight. I don’t think Margarito does anything for Manny’s career. In fact, this fight will only really help Antonio by receiving a huge payday.
Manny vs. the undefeated Valero will draw some big excitement that could provide for a nice alternative should Manny not fight Mayweather or Mosley. Valero could provide a return of action that Clottey was unable to produce.
“I’ve been watching him a little bit. I know he’s a big puncher. He’s a southpaw and does pose some difficulties. He’s better than just a guy who could punch but I think that’s the best marketable fight out there for us.” Freddie Roach, The News Chronicle
These two have previously fought before with very close outcomes. Their first fight in 2004 ended in a draw and Manny won a split decision in 2007 for their second fight. Juan still thinks that he can beat Manny. Mayweather Jr has even gone on record contesting Manny’s ability to fight Marquez. Many fans and Freddie Roach would love to see Pacquiao knock out Marquez once and for all.
“Personally, that’s the fight I want. Nacho [Beristain] is a good trainer and we’re competitive, and I’d love for Manny to knock him [Marquez] out,” Freddie Roach, The News Chronicle
Jason Cowen Sacramento, CA “If Manny doesn’t fight Mayweather or Mosley, then who will he fight next?”
Dennis Johnson Rancho Cordova, CA “Would a third fight with Marquez be beneficial for Manny?”
I’m going to go with Freddie Roach here and say that I would love to see Manny knockout Marquez. Obviously, I would love to see Manny KO Mayweather instead but this is the list of fighters that we are working with according to Arum and Roach.
I feel that a dominant showing by Manny will silence any doubts or complaints that people had about this fight. A KO will also accomplish something that Mayweather couldn’t when he fought Marquez in September 2009.
If there’s still no fight between Manny and Floyd after this, then I would love to see a fight with Valero. I do not want to see a fight against Margarito unless he wins a few fights and a title.