Despite Manny Pacquiao's hint at retirement after disposing Joshua Clottey of Ghana last March 13 in a lopsided fight at the Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, boxing fans believe that the Filipino boxer is good for two to three more fights before finally retiring.
Although there are at least four possible challengers to the WBO welterweight championship belt being held by Pacquiao, boxing fans say it is only Floyd Mayweather, Jr and Shane Mosley who can draw record breaking attendance that promoters need in order to generate enough revenues for the fighters.
Pacquiao's trainer, Freddie Roach has mentioned Edwin Valero, Juan Manuel Marquez and Antonio Margarito as the Filipino boxer's next possible opponents on top of Mayweather and Mosley.
After watching the lopsided bout between Pacquiao and Joshua Clottey early this month, boxing fans think that they have been 'shortchanged' by the way Clottey fought. Those who paid to watch the fight said it was a boring match. Boxing fans want to see a good fight. Many believe that a Pacquiao-Mayweather match is a crowd-drawer but at the same time it could also be a boring fight as Freddie Roach have opined.
He said that Mayweather , just like Clottey is a defensive fighter and he will be busy inside the ring defending Pacquiao's flurry of punches as the pound-for pound king is known for his speed and punching power.
Edwin Valero has been repeatedly mentioned as Pacquiao's next possible opponent but the undefeated Venezuelan boxer will have to hurdle legal constraints to fight in the United States while Pacquiao's promoter Bob Arum says Valero is not a big draw in the US and it would take him a much longer time to do his promotional job to build up his name.
Antonio Margarito has yet to hurdle his come-back fight and, like Valero, he also needs to secure a boxing license to fight again in the United States. Margarito was stripped of his boxing license for having violated Nevada boxing rules by inserting illegal wraps inside his boxing gloves during his last fight with Shane Mosley.
Mexican legend Juan Manuel Marquez is also calling on Pacquiao for another chance to validate his claim that the referee erred in his decision saying he won in one of their last fights.
A few days ago another popular Mexican boxer Erik Morales has revived his call for a fourth encounter with the popular Filipino boxer after winning over Jose Alfaro in their recent fight in Monterrey, Mexico. Considering the fighting stance and boxing styles of Mayweather and other possible opponents, many boxing fans believe that Shane Mosley would be the best draw for Pacquiao's penultimate fight.
Shane Mosley, they observed, does not back out from an offensive assault and Pacquiao, being an offensive fighter, will add to fireworks that boxing fans love to see in a boxing fight.
For these reasons, boxing fans say that a Pacquiao-Mosley boxing fight would be a better match that is guaranteed to keep the audience on their toes for continuous boxing action.
(original article appeared @ Digital Journal )