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Pacquiao Destroys Margarito: Still Calling Out Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
by Kevin Smith
Boxscore News - Texas
November 14, 2010
When the Pacman confirmed the Margarito fight, it was seen as a means for Manny Pacquiao to call out Mayweather by fighting. Pacquiao’s fight with Margarito was thought to be just another fight for the Feisty Filipino thrown in the face of the Floyd Mayweather Jr. in an attempt to get him to fight.
Logic would dictate one of these “catch weight" title fight will contain a career "Catch-22" for Manny Pacquiao. Eventually, all great fighters meet their Waterloo. Prior to the fight Freddie Roach was quoted, “I see this fight ending up in a brawl.” After watching Pacman destroy the much larger Margarito, to whom he gave up seventeen pounds and nearly five inches, in a 12 round unanimous decision from Cowboy Stadium in Dallas it is clear Roach and promoter Bob Arum are great Pay-Per-View salesmen with a real ability for positioning their prized Pacquiao.
With Margarito, Roach and Arum achieved the goal of continually applying pressure to the Floyd Mayweather Jr. camp in an attempt to force them out of their hidey-hole and engage in the fight everyone wants. A “leave no doubt" affair which would solidify the winner's legacy as a boxer.
Manny was loud and clear in interviews in regards to retirement and a possible future Mayweather fight following his thumping of Margarito, “I'll fight anybody," Pacquiao said of a possible Spring matchup with Floyd Mayweather. "I'll continue to fight. That's all I can give to make people happy."
This raises the question, if not Mayweather who should be next in the line-up for Manny to knock down in his march further into the record books and the annals of boxing history? Boxing historian, analyst and writer on boxing, Charles Saunders has already identified them for us in a great article, “The Twelfth Round of Never: Why Pacquiao-Mayweather & Other Showdowns Need To Happen.”
Lopez-Gamboa and Bradley-Alexander are both rumored to be in the works, though no contracts have been signed as yet. The winners of either seem logical as they would clearly be fight-worthy candidates and, most importantly, Pay-Per-View cash cows for the Pacquiao camp to promote and later pummel in a one-sided affair.
Of course this could all change if the “sounds of silence” directed towards the Mayweather camp reverberate too loudly and Mayweather and his handlers decide to fight Pacquiao versus finding themselves in 'relative' obscurity on the sidelines while Pacquiao side lines their pockets.
All boxing fans know it’s not over until this fight happens. The only question is how long until even the world of boxing promotion and the Mayweather camp can’t stand the obvious hypocrisy any longer?
Pacquiao doesn’t need a fight with Mayweather to cement his boxing credentials or legacy; he has that etched in history already with this WBC Super Welterweight title, having either a sanctioned or linear crown in a record eight weight divisions. A record never before obtained and very likely never to be challenged. The reality is Mayweather needs Pacquiao to cement his.
What the Margarito fight demonstrated is Pacquiao can continue to fight anyone since he is, and continues to be, boxing's main draw. However, as Manny continues to fight other "contenders" the Floyd Jr. camp continues a less-acumen approach jeopardizing Mayweather’s stock.
If Mayweather continues to dodge Manny Pacquiao, his legacy as a boxer will be such that he never went the distance to fight the one fight that could have solidified his record as a champion. A champion for the record books versus becoming a footnote in history.
Without Pacquiao, Mayweather may ultimately hold the historical title of the "The fighter that could have been” whereas, Pacquiao will be the greatest of his generation and one of history's all-time best.
While Junior keeps sitting in the bleachers with his thumb stuck in a little pee bottle wondering what to do, as Pacquiao continues to endeared himself to millions of more fans with his humility in victory and sportsman-like concern for Margarito, in the final rounds, by appealing to the ring referee to stop the fight.
Pacquiao’s willingness to fight anyone in such a wide range of weight classes, giving up large physical advantages to do so, just adds to the pressure on Mayweather. It’s obviously up to the Mayweather camp to determine what will happen next.
There is no doubt, now to even more boxing fans around the world, who is the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world and arguably ever. Pacquiao has nothing to prove, proof otherwise is up to Mayweather—from Sarangani Province, Philippines, you’ve been called out Floyd.
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