2. PACQUIAO’S CHOICE OF OPPONENTS
Pacquiao’s last compelling fight was against Miguel Cotto in November 2009, after which he fought Clottey and then Margarito. Clottey, who came into play when Pacquiao couldn’t come to terms with Mayweather, was a legitimate opponent but one about whom it was impossible to get excited. Margarito did nothing to deserve the opportunity to face the No. 1 fighter in the world, a travesty that played out in the fight. And now Pacquiao is facing an opponent who has looked mediocre at best in his last two fights, a one-sided loss to Mayweather and a draw with Sergio Mora. Mosley simply doesn’t deserve the opportunity based on his performances. Who should he fight? The obvious answer is Juan Manuel Marquez, who is now emerging as a candidate to be his next opponent. And there are others at 140 and 147 – Andre Berto, Amir Khan and Timothy Bradley, to name a few – who are more worthy than Mosley even if they’re not as marketable. Frankly, Team Pacquiao’s decision to discard the notion of competition in lieu of maximizing profits is getting old. The excitement he generated with his victories over De La Hoya and Ricky Hatton has started to fade.
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