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article imageOp-Ed: Is Manny Pacquiao running out of quality opponents?

By Leo Reyes     Feb 1, 2011 in Sports
After a dismal performance by Timothy Bradley and Devon Alexander, two of the highly hyped boxers this year, it would seem pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao is about to run out of quality opponents.
Bradley and Alexander were candidates for a shot at Pacquiao after the Filipino champion gets past Shane Mosley on May 7.
However, the Saturday night event at the Silverdome in Pontiac where Bradley and Alexander were the main attraction, was nothing but a highly-hyped boxing event featuring two overrated boxers.
Although Bradley emerged as the better fighter, he is seen by avid boxing fans as a less-worthy opponent of the pound-for-pound king.
With his dismal performance last Saturday, Alexander is considered out of the running for a shot at the Filipino boxing superstar.
A popular boxing critic, Jac Butler, says in one of his article comments, "Devon and Bradley are both overrated.They don't stand a chance against Manny. Good thing this fight happened though coz it's like telling the fans what's hype and what's a real challenge. But since boxing has run out of quality opponents for the Pacman, Manny can cherry-pick them and send them to their early retirement."
With Alexander and Bradley out of the running for the rare shot at Pacquiao, only a handful of wannabes are left with something to show deserve a date with the Filipino superstar.
Every boxing fan in the world knows Floyd Mayweather, Jr. is still the No. 1 for the race to the Pacquiao sweepstakes.
But the undefeated boxer has his own problems to sort out which include among others his legal skirmish with Nevada courts on cases stemming from his quarrel with Josie Harris, his former girlfriend and mother of his three children.
Likewise, Mayweather has been busy lately with his new-found career in the entertainment world as a movie producer and actor in collaboration with his friend rapper 50 Cent.
Aside from Mayweather, newly crowned BWAA fighter of the year Sergio Martinez and Andre Berto are probable contenders in terms of their individual skills and marketability, though Pacquiao's promoter Bob Arum says Berto has a lot of things to do before he can land a fight with the eighth division champion.
Other than Martinez, Berto and hopefully Juan Manuel Marquez, no one in the welterweight division maybe considered as worthy or quality opponent of Pacquiao after he is done with Shane Mosley.
Is Manny Pacquiao running out of quality opponents?
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