Manny Pacquiao’s historical boxing career started at light flyweight when he was just 16 years old, and cheated on the scale by putting weights on his pockets to make the minimum weight limit.
He impressively tore down walls of the higher divisions and even fought at Super Welterweight against Antonio Margarito at a catch weight of 150 lbs.
But the best version of Manny Pacquiao, pundits believe, was the light welterweight who knocked out Ricky Hatton in two rounds in 2009. He was in the perfect fighting weight then, and did not lose his vaunted speed he exhibited at the lower divisions.
Freddie Roach agrees, and says Manny Pacquiao wants to go back and fight at 140 lbs. He fought Timothy Bradley in their 3rd match weighing at 145½ lbs. but he shouldn’t have any problems trimming down back to 140 being his natural weight.
Bob Arum says Pacquiao’s comeback fight is scheduled on October 29th or November 5th, if it doesn’t intrude with his senatorial duties.
Top Rank was supposedly negotiating a match against Adrien Broner, but reports say the former four-weight world champion had priced himself out.
The best opponent out there for Manny Pacquiao is said to be Terence Crawford, but he’ll be fighting Viktor Apostol on July 23rd. Although a match between the Crawford and Pacquiao is still possible, assuming he wins, he needs to be able to win convincingly to be worthy of a fight at the next level.
Bob Arum says WBC welterweight champion Danny Garcia is the frontrunner for the Manny Pacquiao fight. He previously held titles at the 140-pound division, and his fighting style against Pacquiao’s aggressiveness should be exciting to watch.
“I’ve said the three guys that are now being considered would be the two welterweight champions, Danny Garcia and Jessie Vargas.” Arum said.
“Freddie Thinks that Manny wants to go down to 140, which is his natural weight, and fight at that level, so the winner of Crawford-Postol, if the winner emerges like we think he will with all of the credentials – then the winner of that fight could be in the number one position.
Danny Garcia is undefeated with a record of 32-0.
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