(ThyBlackMan.com) Manny Pacquiao met with Bob Arum today in the Philippines and made a decision about who he’ll be fighting next in late May or early June.
Bob Arum and Manny Pacquiao haven’t spilled the beans yet as to who it will be but it’s either Arum’s gang of four – Miguel Cotto, Juan Manuel Marquez, Timothy Bradley and Lamont Peterson – or Floyd Mayweather Jr.
If Manny Pacquiao picks one of the four fighters that Bob Arum wants him to fight of the four then it’s pretty clear that Arum likely talked Manny Pacquiao into facing one of them rather than the arguably much more dangerous Floyd Mayweather Jr.
It’s not that Floyd Mayweather Jr is a threat to knock Pacquiao out, because Manny Pacquiao probably could get through a fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr still on his feet. Floyd Mayweather Jr. is dangerous is because he’s so much better than Manny Pacquiao in terms of skills and would probably win every round in a 12 round fight against him. A loss like that for Manny Pacquiao could be disastrous to Arum because he may have a hard time selling his fights on pay per view after a loss to Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Would the average fan still want to pay to see Manny Pacquiao after Floyd Mayweather Jr exposes him? I have my doubts.
I really don’t think Arum had to do much arm twisting to get Manny Pacquiao to pick one of his gang of four because all he would have to do is point out the obvious about what could happen with Manny Pacquiao’s future PPV fights if Floyd Mayweather Jr whips him. I think Pacquiao will gladly accept whichever fighter Arum wants him to. Arum probably picked Cotto or Timothy Bradley.
Both of them are Top Rank fighters and that makes things easier for Bob Arum. I see Bradley getting the pick because he would likely be willing to accept smaller money than Cotto, and that means more money for Manny Pacquiao.