By Ronnie Nathanielsz
The Nevada State Athletic Commission is waiting for medical records of World Boxing Association super featherweight champion Edwin Valero who is being lined up for a title fight with newly crowned WBC lightweight champion Manny Pacquiao in November, hopefully in Las Vegas.
NSAC executive director.Keith Kizer told Viva Sports/Manila Standard Today that the Commission “has not received any medicals on Mr. Valero. When the Commission does they will be reviewed in due course.”
Top Rank promoter Bob Arum who was guest on “Main Event” TV analyst Dennis Principe’s “Sports Chat” show over dzSR Sports Radio confirmed what he told Viva Sports/Manila Standard Today on Monday regarding a meeting with the handlers of Valero to finalize details of the lightweight title fight..
Arum confirmed in his interview with Principle that he met over lunch with Japanese businessman-sportsman Akihiko Honda who handles the Venezuelan champion and they had “pretty much reached an agreement between us and would be drawing up an agreement very shortly and hope to announce the fight in a few weeks. But everything is a go.”
Arum believes the Pacquiao-Valero fight would be a blockbuster showdown since Valero is undefeated with 24 knockouts in 24 fights, 19 in the first round. He said “I don’t know whether it will be Manny’s most difficult fight but certainly it will be his most dangerous fight. He (Valero) is dangerous as hell.”
Valero who like Pacquiao has had problems making the super featherweight limit would move up to lightweight to challenge Pacquiao.
Arum noted that Valero who was refused a license to fight in the US in 2004 after a bad motorcycle accident in 2001 where he underwent brain surgery had been cleared to fight by the Texas commission. Arum said he was hoping that the Nevada State Athletic Commission would follow the example of Texas and allow Valero to fight in the boxing capital of the world.
Meantime, the respected editor-in-chief of Ring Magazine regarded as the “:Bible of Boxing” says that if Juan Manuel Marquez is successful in his upcoming battle with WBA lightweight champion Joel Casamayor “it would create a perfect scenario for another Pacquiao-Marquez showdown.” However, Collins said that talking about a third Pacquiao-Marquez fight may be premature since Casamayor “is no easy fight for anybody.”
Collins said the much talked about fight with Britain’s Ricky “Hitman” Hatton at 140 pounds would be “another great opportunity” for Pacquiao provided Hatton gets by Paul Malignaggi in his next scheduled bout. Collins said that if the Pacquiao-Hatton fight pushes through he would give Pacquiao “an excellent chance of winning.”
He said that overall Pacquiao is in “a great position with quality opponents in three divisions clambering to get a shot at him and the next two years could bring him his biggest paydays ever.”
The Ring Magazine editor-in-chief said that anybody who did not think that Pacquiao was No.1 pound-for-pound “should have been convinced by his brilliant performance against David Diaz.”
Collins said he was “especially impressed with Manny’s footwork which has improved significantly in recent fights. His hard work with Freddie Roach has really paid off in this regard. And the finishing punch that put Diaz on his face with a beauty – short, compact and perfectly placed for maximum impact.”