Manny Pacquiao started his professional boxing career as a diminutive light flyweight, where he even had to hide a pair of weights just to make up for his undersized frame and reach the 105-pound requirement.
The idea of him fighting Antonio Margarito for the WBC Light Middleweight title at that time was unthinkable. Even his bouts against Floyd Mayweather or Oscar De La Hoya was a mere fantasy match, and remains an incredible feat if one looks back to his roots.
So when Manny Pacquiao says he is willing to fight anybody in whatever division it may be, one can’t help but believe his intentions are real. It’s not because he’s aiming to be an ideal Christian, but plainly due to his well documented history.
The “Pacman” expressed his willingness to fight Terence Crawford prior to the Jessie Vargas fight being announced. Has Bob Arum, or anyone else from team Pacquiao lied to us when Terence Crawford stated he’d never been approached at all for it?
“Team Crawford was never offered the Pacquiao fight at any weight class for those people that said I was scared to go up in weight to fight him.” Crawford said, according to the Omaha World-Herald.”
Manny Pacquiao has been reportedly dropped by HBO, who Bob Arum accuses of sucking him dry for 10 years. But could it be that HBO just dropped their contract not because of the Filipino’s supposed decline, but because of the poor match up pushed by Top Rank?
There is no reason to believe Pacquiao vs Crawford would not be covered by HBO, being a compelling match up. And to say that Manny is no longer exciting isn’t an accurate statement.
He’s just been paired off with bad opposition.
Just supposing fights like Danny Garcia happened, wouldn’t HBO grab the chance to cover that? And Pacman would likely knock him out, by the way, the same boxer who struggled against a bloated and aging Erik Morales.
The same goes if Manny fought Keith Thurman with his daunting power, or Amir Khan for his speed, especially if one considers his strong British following. All of the above would struggle terribly against a “declining” Pacquiao, and would likely lose, but it would all be interesting fights nonetheless.
Bob Arum slams HBO for not taking the Jessie Vargas fight under its platform as if they’re disloyal, somewhat painting an impression that Manny’s supporters are slowly turning their backs on him.
But HBO happens to be all business, and Top Rank has been feeding viewers with poor fights, which equates to financial losses.
And it’s not Manny Pacquiao’s fault. He isn’t a hard sell as some would like to think.
HBO isn’t covering Manny Pacquiao vs Jessie Vargas possibly because nobody believes Vargas has a legitimate chance to win, and this is all for a quick-buck match up.
Or it may be true that the dates intended for the match don’t work well for them, with Tyson Fury vs Wladimir Klitschko on the way? as reported by the L.A. Times.
Manny Pacquiao is still too good for some world champions even at 37. He’s a warrior and he won’t back down whether it’s against Terence Crawford at his peak or Floyd Mayweather.
One can’t help to think this all goes back to Bob Arum’s bloody handwork.
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