At least two major developments have surfaced pointing to a possible Manny Pacquiao-Andre Berto match within this year. First is the recent victory of Andre Berto over Carlos Quintana of Puerto Rico via a KO in the eighth round of their recent fight in Florida.
During his fight with the durable Quintana, the Haitian-American boxer displayed excellent fighting skill that could earn him a crack at the pound-for pound king. Andre Berto is an active, mobile and offensive boxer and so is Pacquiao.
A clash between two offensive fighters will definitely bring out fireworks inside the ring. The crowd would be delighted to watch them fight. Secondly, a rematch clause in the Mayweather-Mosley fight could again scuttle the the much hyped Pacquiao-Mayweather match.
ABS-CBN News reports:
The camp of “Sugar” Shane Mosley believes a victory in the May 1 fight against Floyd Mayweather, Jr. is already a certainty for one simple reason: money. Mosley’s trainer, Naazim Richardson, pointed out that a rematch clause in the May 1 bout would lead to another 8-figure payday for Mayweather even if he loses. “We could get through 5 rounds of this thing up 5-0… At that point, Mayweather may just say, ‘Forget it, I've got a rematch guaranteed. try again next time,” Richardson told Lance Pugmire of The Los Angeles Times.
Although Mayweather's camp disputes Richardson statement, boxing experts say such a scenario is possible. After all, Mosley is one of Mayweather's toughest opponents. Promoters at Golden Boy are saying that Mayweather is much concern about his zero loss record than monetary considerations.
Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer disputed claims that Floyd would rather earn millions than protect his unbeaten streak of 40-0 (with 25 knockouts), the report added “That zero is clearly at risk, but he fights to maintain that zero.
Floyd is very proud of that zero. He'll give whatever's in his arsenal to win that fight,” noted Schaefer. If this happens, Manny Pacquiao will be left out in the cold as big time boxing will be dominated for at least a year by Mayweather and Mosley.
(original article appeared @ Digital Journal )