After Manny Pacquiao’s devastating 2nd round knockout win over Light welterweight king Ricky “The Hitman” Hatton, most boxing aficionados has been waiting for an announcement as to who will Manny Pacquiao share the ring and exchange fists with next. Who is Manny Pacquiao’s next opponent? A few names have been mentioned, but there has been no final word yet from the Pacquiao camp or from Top Rank’s Bob Arum.
In this series of articles, we are going to list down a boxer or two in each post and we’re going to dissect (so scientific) every boxer compared to Pacquiao’s. If you are reading this post, you can also suggest a boxer that you want us to check. You can check this site every now and then for the next feature or bookmark it.
First off, Julio Ceasar Chavez Jr. Yeah, I know, Julio is too big, too tall, a complete mismatch and not worthy at all to fight Pacquiao, but as we mentioned, we are going to be featurig boxers who have been mentioned to fight Pacquiao (though every fighter has been calling Pacquiao out).
After winning a 10 round Unanimous Decision against Luciano Cuello for the WBC Latino Light Middleweight title, Bob Arum mentioned Manny Pacquiao vs. Julio Ceasar Chavez as a possible fight for the young Julio Ceasar Chavez Jr. My first reaction was, “Bob Arum is a big joke!”, but as news circulated, many people thought about it as a good match. Now we are going to break down the “possible” fight.
Name: Manny Pacquiao
Record: 49W(KO 37)-3L(KO 2)-2D
Rounds boxed: 293
Name: Julio César Chávez
Division: Light middleweight
Record: 39W(KO 29)-0L(KO 0)-1D = 40
Rounds boxed: 161
KO% : 72.5
Speed: Pacquiao A+ Chavez B-
Power: Pacquiao A+ Chavez B
Defense: Pacquiao A- Chavez B
Intangibles: Pacquiao A+ Chavez B
I considered Pacquiao’s power as an A+ while Chavez’ as B- based on the quality of opponents both men has faced. Though Chavez has the higher KO percentage, his past opponents are C or B fighters while Pacquiao’s KO power has been proven against quality and some hall-of-fame bound opponents. Manny Pacquiao’s defense and speed has improved through the last fights in higher weight classes and we have not seen how far he can go as a Light welterweight because his last fight lasted only for 2 rounds, but with that as a proof, I’m giving him an A+.
This fight is an easy fight to call. The only advantage that Chavez has is reach, height and size. Chavez Jr is just too slow and too raw for Pacquiao. Though the height difference is really big, I can see Pacquiao KO’ing Chavez. Pacquiao is going to bombard Chavez with bombs from every angle and Chavez would be too slow to react making him a 6’0″ punching bag.
A win by Chavez would raise his market value rocket fast while a win by Pacquiao would do less because Chavez is not a proven fighter yet. If ever this fight happens, and it happens in the welterweight limit, Chavez is going to go down within 10 rounds for sure. Honestly, I don’t Julio Ceasar Chavez vs. Manny Pacquiao to happen, so wait for the next edition of”Manny Pacquiao’s Next Opponent”.
What can you say?