Former WBO welterweight champion, Manny Pacquiao, is getting close to figuring out whom his next opponent will be.
The Filipino congressman has already received terms from Juan Manuel Marquez and Timothy Bradley, but he's still waiting for Miguel Cotto to get back to him.
"He [Pacquiao] said that he was going to fight either on the 1st or the 8th of December and that's the way it is," Top Rank promoter Bob Arum said during an interview with Boxingscene.com. "We don't have a final proposal from Cotto but we do have [one] from Marquez and Bradley. And once we get the Cotto position then Pacquiao will make his decision."
Arum also talked about the possibility of a super-fight against Floyd Mayweather, claiming he'd been approached by some of the pound-for-pound king's associates. "Money" recently indicated that he's still willing to fight his arch-rival, but he's not going to budge on his demands. He still wants Olympic Style Drug Testing (OSDT), and he's not open to the idea of a 50/50 split.
Pacquiao is obviously taking his time to pick his next opponent, but I can't say I blame the Filipino congressman. He's the second most-popular boxer on the planet right now, but his boxing career is at a major crossroad.
"Pac Man" didn't impress many hardcore boxing fans with his uninspiring performance against Marquez in 2011, and his controversial loss against Bradley only made things worse. Manny can't afford to lose his next fight.
Unfortunately for Pacquiao, his three potential opponents are all capable of defeating him.
Manny brutalized Cotto during their 2009 encounter, but I don't think he'll be as fortunate if he faces the Puerto Rican at 154-pounds. "Junito" looked awesome during his last outing against Mayweather, and I'm sure he has a lot more left in his tank.
Pacquiao did best Bradley during their June 9 encounter, but I liked what I saw from "Desert Storm" early in the fight. Many seem to think Bradley is the easiest option for Pacquiao, but I doubt that will be the case. He's now knows what to expect from Pacquiao, and I'm sure he'll do a lot better in the event of a rematch.
As far as Marquez is concerned, Pacquiao has never had an easy fight against "Dinamita," and I don't think that's about to change.
Ronnie Nathanielsz, "Arum: Pacquiao Back in December, Cotto Terms Needed"
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