Cold War Collateral Damage: Manny Pacquiao
By Cameron Stone: Sports fans were treated to a lovely spoof by rapper Drake, at the ESPY awards. Drake did his best Pacquiao impersonation, doing a fine jobs turning his “f’s” in soft “p’s” as he sang Disney hit, Let it go. I found this video exceptionally humorous! Unfortunately there are some predicaments that Pacquiao is in, that are no laughing matter.
Manny Pacquiao is a huge fish in a very small pond. Because of boxing’s current “Cold War” Top Rank and Golden boy fighters never get to meet in the ring. As it stands now though, a majority of the bigger catches are with Golden Boy.
Pacquiao is stuck with the limited options Top Rank presents. This troubling matter became more apparent than ever, just this week. It was announced that Pacquiao would be fighting undefeated (20-0) Chris Algieri, who is coming off a huge upset victory against Ruslan Provodnikov. There was a lot of talk about Ruslan fighting Pacquiao next, had he won the fight. But Algieri put up a great effort, pulling off the controversial upset and ruining everybody’s fun. I like Algieri, he seems like a very respectable young man, but my blood doesn’t start pumping thinking about Pacquiao vs Algieri the way it does thinking about what could have been with Pacquiao vs Provodnikov, which just seems to roll right off the tongue. I think Pacquiao vs Algieri will produce the lowest PPV numbers Manny has ever had. I know I am not the only one who remains unmoved by the upcoming November 22nd match up. But we cant blame Pacquaio, and we certainly cant blame Algieri.
The best option from the Top Rank stable for Manny was obvious. Juan Manuel Marquez. A fifth and final fight between the two rivals who are both in great form after victories for the both of them earlier this year. The Mexican legend doesn’t want to ruin the sweet taste in his mouth from his knockout over Pacquiao, and refused to step forth. This left Pacquiao with almost no reasonable options. A third fight with Bradley, but two has been quite enough, thanks. And then Chris Algieri. These are unbelievably horrendous options when you consider Pacquiaos superstar status. He should be able to hand pick his opponents almost to the same degree Mayweather does. Choosing from salivating match ups such as Maidana, Porter, Garcia, Guerrero, Alexander, Matthysse and Broner. Pacquiao is the biggest snub in midst of the negotional rift between Golden boy and Top Rank. Pacquiao made a huge mistake by extending his contract with Top Rank instead of letting it expire December 31st of this year. He should of let himself become a free agent so he could promote himself in 2015. He is a big enough superstar he could do so at this point of his career. But what is done is done. Hopefully Marquez will come around for next year and budding stars like Terrence Crawford and Mikey Garcia, also with Top Rank, can move up in weight class for a clash with Manny.