The boxing public thinks that Manny Pacquiao has already justified his two straight losses against Timothy Bradley and Juan Manuel Marquez in 2012 with his victory via unanimous decision over Brandon Rios.
Many people are now anticipating who the Filipino boxer will challenge next. Some news agencies claim that Pacquiao is the top contender for Floyd Mayweather's next mega-fight. However, Mayweather seemed never really opened to the idea.
Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum has spoken in behalf of the eight-division world champion, who is also battling a tax case in his home country Philippines, and said that the Pacquiao's next fight will be announced before Christmas Day, as reported by World Boxing News.
Still, the promising choices, not to mention the most feasible ones, are Timothy Bradley and Juan Manuel Marquez, to whom Pacquiao lost two of his last three fights.
Would people even welcome the thought of Pacquiao-Marquez 5? It is like the rivalry between the two is never going to end, but aren't we all tired of seeing this match-up? A meme was even created after their third meeting illustrating a poster of Pacquiao-Marquez 5.0. However, with Marquez's loss against Bradley on Oct 12, 2013, maybe he would mull over fighting Pacquiao again.
Conversely, Bradley's trainer Joel Diaz has reportedly spoken to Boxing Scene and said that he would want Bradley to fight the Filipino boxer instead of scoring another match with the Mexican fighter.
"Honestly, I would like to go the Pacquiao way," said Diaz. "We know this is a business and at the end of the day, the best possible options are the ones we're going to take," he added. "If Pacquiao wants a rematch with Bradley, we're open for that," Diaz said. Diaz also stated that the final decision would ultimately depend on the promoters.
If Bradley wants to prove that he definitely earned the controversial win over the Filipino boxer in 2012, then he is most likely the best option for Pacquiao's next fight.
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