By Miguel Rivera
Manny Pacquiao's next two opponents are not very popular items with World Boxing Council (WBC) President Jose Sulaiman. Don Jose is not enthusiastic about Pacquiao fight with Shane Mosley, which takes place on May 7 at the MGM Grand, or the Filipino's potential fall trilogy battle with Mexican rival Juan Manuel Marquez.
"The latest opponent [Mosley] for Pacquiao has been chosen for him to win. Mosley is finished. He no longer has the legs or the speed or the power. Marquez is a lightweight and a move to welterweight would give all of the advantages to Pacquiao. It's a fight that in no way should be done. Marquez is a great fighter, but there is a big difference between the current weights of both boxers," insisted Sulaiman.
Pacquiao (52-3-2, 38 KOs) and Marquez (52-5-1, 38 KO) last fought at 130-pounds.
Marquez's trainer Nacho Beristain is not concerned with a possible welterweight limit. He stated in a recent interview that Pacquiao always weighs in well below the limit of 147 and the two boxers would be around the same weight on the day of the fight.
"Fighting at welterweight is not a problem because both of them would be at the same weight on the day of the fight," Beristain said.