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article imageOp-Ed: Manny Pacquiao — Saving unbeaten Floyd Mayweather for last

By Leo Reyes     Apr 1, 2012 in Sports
Regardless of the outcome of his June 9 fight with Timothy Bradley, eighth-division world champ Manny Pacquiao has calendared three more fights before retiring from professional boxing to continue his rising career in politics.
If indeed Pacquiao will retire in 2013 as he had announced earlier, it is obvious he will be returning to the ring in November after his date with Timothy Bradley on June 9.
Most likely he will face Juan Manuel Marquez for the fourth time to finally settle their differences. It seems fight fans would still patronize another showdown between these two great fighters as they continue to talk about their controversial encounter last November in Las Vegas, Nev.
It may be recalled that in 2004, Marquez was given up for "dead" after being knocked down three times in the first round by Pacquiao and yet he managed to spring back to life and even got lucky enough to steal a draw verdict from the judges.
In 2008, at super featherweight (130 pounds), Marquez and Pacquiao clashed in a hotly contested rematch with Pacquiao earning a split-decision, as Pacquiao's third-round knockdown proved to be the difference in the bout.
According to Mexican promoter, Fernando Beltran, the Mexican counter-puncher will first face Serhiy Fedchenko, a virtual unknown but with impressive winning record. Then he would face another aspiring Top Rank fighter, Filipino lightweight Mercito Gesta, who is undefeated in 25 professional fights.
If Marquez is successful in his next two fights, his quest for another shot at Pacquiao will be much easier to make as public clamor for it will increase as Marquez will be seen as top caliber fighter who has a fair chance to stop Pacquiao's 15-fight winning streak.
In 2013, Pacquiao will be more active again in politics as he aims for the Governorship of his province of Sarangani in southern Philippines. It may be possible Pacquiao would be facing Mayweather at the end of 2013—no longer as Congressman but as a new Governor of Sarangani.
Pacquiao will then aim for a Senate seat in 2016 and a shot at the presidency of his country by 2022 when he qualifies as candidate.
In the meantime, who will Pacquaio face in May or June next year, assuming he squares off again with Marquez for the fourth time in November this year?
Fight fans say Pacquiao will settle for a less capable but top rated opponent to assure him a win before he finally collides with Mayweather in November 2013.
These fighters who are salivating to face Pacquiao for lucrative fight would possibly include Andre Berto, Lamont Peterson, Victor Ortiz and Miguel Cotto, among others.
Obviously, Pacquiao needs substantial campaign funds for his political aspirations — and fighting Mayweather would certainly generate for him a life-changing amount of money which he can use for his political campaign.
Saving Floyd Mayweather for last?
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
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