Respected boxing judge and analyst Harold Lederman believes Manny Pacquiao should not retire yet from the sport and fight Kell Brook after his April fight against Timothy Bradley.
The 37-year-old Pacquiao stated in multiple interviews that the bout against Bradley would be the final in his boxing career as the multi-division champion wants to focus on his political career in the Philippines, where he is running for a senatorial seat in the country’s May elections.
Lederman thinks Brook would be a good match-up against Pacquiao if the Filipino decides to put his retirement from boxing on hold.
“Kell Brook is an underrated guy, no one knows him but he just keeps on coming. If you’re asking for an up and coming guy, it would be Kell Brook. I think Kell Brook would give Manny a great fight at 147. I think Kell Brook would give everyone a great fight at 147,” Lederman said to boxingscene.com.
Top Rank chief Bob Arum and Pacquiao’s trainer also believes that the third fight against Bradley will not be Pacquiao’s last.
Pacquiao lost to Bradley in a controversial 12-rounder in 2012 but won in their rematch in 2014 via a convincing unanimous decision victory.
Pacquiao’s choice of fighting Bradley as the final fight in his career has not been well received by fans, analysts and observers and it could affect the pay-per-view numbers and buys for the April fight.
However, with the Pacquiao camp selling it as his “farewell fight”, it could attract more viewers who want to see the veteran boxer fight for the last time.
As for Brook, the boxer from the United Kingdom has yet to find a big money fight in his career but is rumored to be fighting compatriot Amir Khan later this year. Brook is undefeated in 35 career bouts with 24 knockouts.
Brook will be fighting Kevin Bizier of Canada on March 26 at the Sheffield Arena in Sheffield, Yorkshire in England.
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