Admitting that a bout against Floyd Mayweather Jr. is unrealistic, the promoter for Manny Pacquiao expects the eight-division titlist to throw fists with WBO “Champion of the Decade” Juan Manuel Marquez for a fifth time in September.
In their fourth savage affair on December 8, Pacquiao (54-5-2, 38 KOs) was rendered unconscious with a spectacular overhand right thrown by the 39-year-old Marquez (55-6-1, 40 KOs) at 2:59 of the sixth round.
Prior to the genuinely scary scene that saw the Filipino remain motionless on the canvas for several minutes, the 33-year-old Pacquiao, who pocketed in excess of $20 million for what amounted to his second consecutive defeat, had controversially earned a draw and two conquests over the ballooned Mexican since their initial meeting in May 2004.
“Probably not (against Mayweather), but life goes on,” said Bob Arum, 81, a corruptible weasel who acknowledged during a 2000 federal trial that he bribed the International Boxing Federation (IBF) to attain a higher ranking for one of his fighters. “We’re gonna, I think, do another fight with Juan Manuel Marquez. That was a great fight. He [Pacquiao] ran into a really good right hand, and we’ll see what happens next time.”
Roger “Pit” Perron is a venerable boxing trainer from Brockton (Mass.) who now works with Mike and Rich Cappiello at their gym, Cappiello Brothers Boxing and Training.
Perron predicted Marquez’s victory earlier this month and contends “The Fighting Pride of the Philippines” would again fall to the curiously strong four-division world champ.
“I sense more trouble ahead for Pacquiao,” said Perron, 76, who worked in the 1980s with International Boxing Hall of Famer Marvelous Marvin Hagler at the Petronelli Brothers Gym. “There is too much friction in the Pacquiao camp and it may be time for Manny to look for a new trainer to replace Freddie Roach.”
Meanwhile, the 35-year-old Mayweather (43-0, 26 KOs), a longstanding WBC world welterweight king who was named The Ring “Fighter of the Year” in 1998 and 2007, has stated his desire to scrap twice this coming year on major Mexican holidays.
Mayweather, a bronze medalist as a featherweight at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, last fought on Cinco de Mayo when he defeated powerful Puerto Rican icon Miguel Cotto by unanimous decision to gain the WBA (Super) & WBC Diamond light middleweight titles.
“Pretty Boy,” an utter defensive virtuoso who is one of the preeminent pugilists to ever step into the squared circle, has avoided Pacquiao for more than four years by refusing to share any pay-per-view cash and citing the need for stricter drug testing protocols.
“Nobody will ever beat Floyd until he retires,” said Perron. “If Floyd and Manny ever get together, mortgage the house on Mayweather.”
Despite being a cocky jackass and convicted domestic abuser, “Pretty Boy” is a prizefighter for the ages who remains in elite physical condition.
Conversely, Pacquiao, voted “Fighter of the Decade” for the 2000s by the BWAA, is shopworn and potentially out of greatness.
Regardless, it’s now more apparent than ever that “Floyd and Manny (will never) get together.”