Will Pacquiao fight Sergio Martinez if he suddenly starts looking shot to pieces?

By Dave Lahr: I never thought I’d see the day when Manny Pacquiao would decide to fight Shane Mosley. When Mosley was looking sensational and beating fighters left and right, Pacquiao and his trainer Freddie Roach wanted no part of Mosley. But now that Mosley is looking utterly shot like an old faded, toothless lion on his last leg, all of a sudden Pacquiao is fighting him.

Now why is that? Recently, WBC middleweight champion Sergio Martinez expressed strong interest in facing Pacquiao and even said he would agree to fight Pacquiao at one of his catch weights that the Filipino is so fond of. Instead of agreeing to fight Martinez, Pacquiao is facing the shot 39-year-old Mosley. Pacquiao’s promoter Bob Arum doesn’t want to put Pacquiao in with the Martinez, feeling he’s too big for him, even though Pacquiao just finished fighting the 5’11″ Antonio Margarito in his last fight.

Margarito is not only taller than Martinez but he has much longer arms. So Margarito wasn’t too big for Pacquiao but Martinez is? I don’t understand. I’m wondering if Pacquiao and Arum will decide to fight Martinez if he starts looking horrible and taking losses all of a sudden. At 35, Martinez will probably age to the point where he’s beatable in the next two or three years. Will Pacquiao wait him out before facing him or will he avoid Martinez altogether and opt to face Arum’s in house fighters?


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