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 we had Julio Ceasar Chavez Jr vs. Manny Pacquiao, now, our next possible opponent for Manny Pacquiao would be EDWIN VALERO. As Manny Pacquiao was trying to fight the top men in the division, Valero was also trying to buff up his record by fighting patsies. As Manny Pacquiao was breezing through the division by defeating future hall-of-famers, Valero was knocking out patsies left and right to claim belts in the Super featherweight and Lightweight division.
Edwin Valero has been calling out Manny Pacquiao since God knows when, but is he really worthy to be inked for a possible fight with the current pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao? Let’s try and break it down.
Name: Manny Pacquiao
Division: Light welterweight
Record: 49W(KO 37)-3L(KO 2)-2D
Rounds boxed: 293
Name: Edwin Valero
Reach : 69″/175cm
Record: 25W(KO 25)-0L(KO 0)-0D
Rounds boxed: 51
Speed: Pacquiao A+ Valero B-
Power: Pacquiao A+ Valero B
Defense: Pacquiao A- Valero C+
Intangibles: Pacquiao A+ Valero B
Edwin Valero needs a “named” boxer in his KOed list to be worthy of being called a world-class boxer, and so far, I don’t see that in his resume. He may have been a top man in the Super featherweights and no a current WBC champion in the Lightweight (a belt Pacquiao once held), he still does not have the proven resume to fight the pound-for-pound king. For Valero, fighting Pacquiao is a hig-risk high-reward matchup, while for Pacquiao, it will be a high-risk low-reward fight. Win or lose, he’s going to bag the biggest payday in his career. If he wins, then his popularity and value will skyrocket, if he loses, it’s not going to affect him because Manny Pacquiao is just way beyond every boxer’s level.
It is a good matchup, southpaw vs. southpaw, power vs power, but for Edwin Valero to be worthy of fighting Manny Pacquiao, he might fight and beat at least 2 or 3 known boxers in the Super featherweight or lightweight division. Any former or current champion with a good resume will do. To name a few, Humberto Soto, Roberto Guerrero, Joan Guzman, David Diaz, Juan Diaz, Timothy Bradley, Jorge Barios, Nate Campbell, Michael Katsidis, Rocky Juarez and many others. If gets past those names, then the fans would be hyped up for the fight.
This one is an easy fight to call too. As long as Manny Pacquiao can avoid those early heavy bombs by Valero, then he will win via a late KO. Edwin Valero has not been tested to last for longer rounds since most of his wins are early stoppages. Also, there is too much flaw on Valero’s defense, if he makes that mistake against Pacquiao, then it will be an early night for him. All in all, Manny Pacquiao vs. Edwin Valero will only happen once Valero has buffed up his resume with known boxers, not with unknown patsies. So for now, let’s make another matchup.. ^_^
What can you say?