Friday, May 29, 2009

What Is Next For Manny Pacquiao?

Pacquiao, now 30 years of age, successfully dispatched yet another foe in Ricky Hatton, May 2nd, knocking him out in the second round of a scheduled 12-round bout. Going into the fight Pacquiao was the betting favorite, but the majority of boxing fans thought of the fight as 50/50; it was anyone's fight. Or so it was thought.

The Pacman got off to a blistering start, hitting Ricky Hatton at will. The right hook seemed to hit its mark every time. Manny's speed was too much for the slower Hatton, who for the life of him, couldn't escape the wrath of Manny's punches. While the right hook found

its mark often, the left hand is what put Hatton out of his misery, with the ref calling a halt to the bout in the 2nd round. Going into the fight many boxing pundits thought Ricky Hatton's advantage, if he had one, would be his strength. Not only was Manny faster than Ricky, he was stronger too.

Manny Pacquiao has been on a tear-up these last few years, jumping up and around the weight divisions successfully defeating every prime fighter put in front of him. Some of the men he has beat include the following: Erik Morales, Marco Antonio Barrera, Juan Manuel Marquez, David Diaz, Oscar De La Hoya, and Ricky Hatton. Impressive resume to say the least.

The pride of the Philippines isn't done yet. At only 30 years of age, he's in the prime of his boxing career and currently the greatest fighter pound for pound on the planet. The two most obvious options for Manny and the opponents most boxing fans are calling for are, Miguel Cotto and Floyd Mayweather Jr.

According to and other on-line boxing sources, Filipino sensation and current pound for pound number one fighter in the world, Manny Pacquiao will most likely face Puerto Rican superstar, Miguel Angel Cotto should Cotto beat his next opponent, Joshua Clottey. While Miguel Cotto gets ready for his next fight, Manny Pacquiao weighs his options - and he has a lot of options. Manny can also wait around until after July 18 to face the winner of the Mayweather-Marquez bout. The ball is in his court. Who knows - Pacman may jump up in weight to fight King Kong.

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