|Has Manny Pacquiao Run Out of Opponents?
By Ken Hissner, Doghouse Boxing (May 10, 2011) Doghouse Boxing (Photo © German Villasenor, Doghouse Boxing)
With Manny Pacquiao’s latest title
defense of his WBO welterweight title against “Sugar” Shane
Mosley this past weekend he may be in a position similar Muhammad Ali
found himself. Who’s left to defend against? Unification has
never been Top Rank’s strong point. Is it why give money to four
organizations instead of one? If that’s the case than possibly
three of the better fighters in the world holding organization titles
may never fight Pacquiao. How many times are Mayorga, Margarito,
Cotto or Mosley getting title bouts?
Top Rank is looking for an opponent for
November for their No. 1 fighter in Pacquiao. Could a tournament of
some nature bring about the best possible opponent? It’s gotten so
bad the front runners are from the division below at light
It seems WBC champion Victor Ortiz,
29-2-2 (22), has qualified to be the “opponent” for Floyd
Mayweather, Jr., 41-0 (25), and will meet September 17th at Cowboy Stadium in Arlington, TX. The WBC has kept Mayweather as
their No. 1 contender while the other three organizations except the
IBO have dropped him from their ratings. Even Ring Magazine withdrew
his name last week. Two fights since 2007 will do that. It’s been
little over a year since he defeated Mosley in his last fight. It’s
been said he can’t keep out of jail long enough to depend on. Ever
heard of work release? Ortiz lost to Marcos Rene Maidana, 30-2 (27),
in a war in 2009 and battled to a draw with Lamont Peterson, 28-1-1
(14) in December. Neither fighter got a rematch with Ortiz.
The two other organization champions
are not known to the boxing world outside of Europe. Jan Zaveck,
30-1 (18), of Slovenia is the IBF champion who won the title in South
Africa in 2009 and has defended it three times in his home country
though living in Germany where 90% of his fights were. His top
ranked contender is former WBO light welterweight champion Randall
Bailey, 41-7 (36), though Zaveck has no fight scheduled.
Vyacheslv Senchenko, 31-0 (21), of the
Ukraine holds the WBA title and defends his title in the Ukraine in
August just one year shy of his last bout. He won the title in 2009
and has made two defenses and has only fought out of the Ukraine on
three occasions. His opponent is Marco Avendano of Venenzuela who is
No. 10 and his last two opponents combined records are 0-11. I guess
the WBA doesn’t believe in mandatory defenses with interim champion
Souleymane Mbaye, 39-3-1 (21), of France, the former WBA light
welterweight champion waiting for his shot.
It doesn’t seem very likely unseen by
American viewers Zaveck or Senchenko would be accepted unless they
possibly had a unification bout or beat a known boxer in the US
market. The other prospects are all from the lower division.
Amir Kahn, 25-1 (17), of the UK who is
the WBA champion, on July 23rd will meet Timothy Bradley,
27-0 (11) who holds the WBC and WBO titles. The winner of this fight
will be in the running I’m sure. The other champion in that
division is IBF champion Zab Judah, 41-6 (28) whose also been
mentioned and is the former IBF, WBA and WBC welterweight champion.
Other possibilities who could end up in
a elimination bout that do not hold interim or world titles are
Philadelphia’s Mike “MJ” Jones, 24-0 (18), who is No. 1 WBO,
No. 2 WBA, No. 3 IBF and No. 4 WBC contender while holding the NABA,
WBO NABO and WBC Continental Americas titles. European champ Selcuk
Aydin, 21-0 (15), the Turk who fights out of Germany is ranked No. 2
by the WBC and holds the WBC Silver title. He defeated another top
hope in Romania’s Ionut Dan Ion, 28-1 (15), fighting out of Canada
by split decision in Turkey in 2010. British champion Kell Brook,
23-0 (16), is the No. 2 WBO contender and their Intercontinental
Brad Solomon, 17-0 (8), is the No. 1
WBA contender and their International champ. There’s even talk out
of the Juan Manuel Marquez, 52-5-1 (38), camp that their WBO and
Super WBA lightweight champion would like a third fight with
Pacquiao. They first met in 2004 and fought to a draw as
featherweights. In 2008 they were re-matched with Pacquiao taking a
split decision. Now if they fight every four years they shouldn’t
get it on until 2012 right? In 2009 Marquez went over 135 for the
first time going up to 142 losing to Mayweather with the closest
score by a judge calling it by nine points for Mayweather.
Best bet seems like Ortiz whether he
fights Mayweather or not. Pacquiao and Top Rank are in no hurry to
fight Mayweater since he has kept them waiting time and time again.
Let him EARN it!.
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