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Op-Ed: After Juan Manuel Marquez, who will Manny Pacquiao fight next?

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By Leo Reyes
Sep 21, 2011 in Sports
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In one of my published articles, I floated an online opinion poll in another site with the same questionnaire and 76 percent of those who responded said Floyd Mayweather, Jr. should be Pacquiao's next opponent.
Now that Mayweather has won over Victor Ortiz and Manny Pacquiao favored to win over Juan Manuel Marquez, who will boxing fans choose as the next Pacquiao foe?
Most probably it would still be Mayweather by a slim majority. In one of my next articles on another site I will float the same question and we will see how viewers will respond.
But even if majority of those who will respond will still go for Mayweather, there is no guaranty the unbeaten champion will live up to his earlier pronouncements.
During the press tour prior to his fight with Ortiz, Mayweather said categorically that his next opponent will be Manny Pacquiao—only to deny later that he did not say so which irked some members of the media who recorded his statements.
My answer to the question is limited to only one and that is no other than Timothy Bradley.
Tim Bradley will most probably be featured in the undercard of the upcoming Pacquiao vs. Marquez fight on November 12 in Las Vegas, Nevada and if he wins he will most likely be chosen by Bob Arum to face Pacquiao in early 2012.
We all know Pacquiao is looking at retirement in about two years and Arum will be left with no star in his stable.
Bradley is a promising young boxer who is undefeated in 28 fights. Given the opportunity he could be the next cash cow of Arum's Top Rank Promotions. There will be no ifs and buts in the selection as Pacquiao and Bradley are under Arum's promotions company.
This is of course assuming Bradley is set free by his promoters and eventually signs up with Top Rank. Rumors have been swirling around Bradley is ready to join or has already joined Top Rank after having resolved the pending issues with his original promoter.
Bradley, though considered overrated by some boxing critics, could still influence those who do not believe in his skill and style when he steps into the ring on November 12 against an opponent who is yet to be named.
Bradley is tailor-made for Pacquiao in terms of height and reach. Pacquiao has a half an inch advantage in height over Bradley (5"6.5 - 5"6") but the unbeaten champion has a 2 inches advantage in reach (69"- 67"). Pacquiao is 32 while Bradley is 28 years old.
Bradley though has to win his next assignment or Arum will have to present again an entirely new line-up to Pacquiao with his usual sales pitch for his favored opponent.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of DigitalJournal.com
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