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choy
choy

..and the catch weight fights are hurting Pacquiao's legacy. hate that Pac-JMM III is taking place at 144. should be 140. it would be a more competitive fight and Pac would have no problems making the 140 lb. limit!

choy
choy

Mayweather is most probably out of the picture for the entire year due to his legal battles. Pacquiao can fight newly crowned WBC Welterweight champ Victor Ortiz and I think the match-up can make a great fight. Victor's young, strong, big and showed tremendous heart in his 12-round war with Andre Berto. The problem is Victor's with Golden Boy Promotions and we all know Bob Arum doesn't want to make deals with them after their allegations on Pacquiao. Cong MP can also face Timothy Bradley or Kermit Cintron. Pacquiao-Khan's not possible, as they're both trained by Freddie Roach. I think those four fighters can give Pacquiao real competition.

technobaboy
technobaboy

right on the money. those are the only possible opponents for pacquiao. sergio martinez is definitely not an option. pacquiao will be giving up too much in terms of size advantage. if martinez comes down to 147 there could be a fight but detractors would once again claim that pacquiao has beaten a drained opponent should he win

mattscradle
mattscradle

Yes its not official. But I hope pacquiao will be agreeable to the contract in my opinion I don't think marquez will stand a chance to pacquiao.

technobaboy
technobaboy

marquez seems to be the only option left for pacquiao. mayweather is clearly scared to face pacquiao.

choy
choy

well, the match isn't officially "on" as of yet. Marquez signed the contract, and Top Rank will wait for Pacquiao's decision whether to accept the deal or not (and sign if he does). boxingscene reports Pac is likely to accept the deal. i don't think it will be as tough and exciting as the two previous fights were. JMM didn't look good in his fight against Mayweather Jr. which was held at welterweight. he looked terribly slow. imagine what a 2011 version of Pacquiao would do to a proud ageing Marquez.

technobaboy
technobaboy

in that sense, yes, it's not final. pacquiao will have to sign everything before the fight is officially on. in my opinion it is a formality, with pacquiao obviously agreeable to the matchup. otherwise, why would top rank go to all the trouble of getting marquez to sign. i agree to your assessment that the marquez fight will not be as exciting as the two. pacquiao is different now.