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Manny Pacquiao
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Manny Pacquiao
Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

After Manny Pacquiao (56-5-2, 38 KOs) essentially dismantled Timothy Bradley in their April rematch in a revenge-grabbing unanimous decision victory, questions about Pacquiao’s hunger and demise quickly evaporated.

The Pacman has rebounded nicely after getting KO’d by Juan Manuel Marquez nearly two years ago, with convincing wins over Brandon Rios and Bradley that has people confident that the 35-year-old still has it.

Now, the focus shifts to who Pacquiao’s next opponent will be when he returns to the canvas on November 22 at the Venetian in Macau, China. 

All signs have pointed towards a 5th showdown with rival Juan Manuel Marquez after Marquez scored a unanimous decision over Mike Alvarado in a welterweight-title elimination bout in May.

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However, Marquez seems disinterested in another fight with Pacquiao, appearing content that his iconic, face-planting knockout over Manny will be the lasting image in the duo’s rivalry.

The only thing that may entice Marquez to step back in the ring with Pacquiao is a huge payday.

Unfortunately, there just aren’t many great fights out there for Pacquiao to take. For a lack of a better term, most of the proposed potential fights are complete garbage.

That being said, here are the top 5 potential next opponents for the Filipino icon:

4 comments
CharliePeterson
CharliePeterson

I don't know why the author didn't mention Shawn Porter and Keith Thurman.  Both have belts at 147 lbs. Both are punchers, undefeated, and young.  However, with both being black and almost unknown to the general public, Manny would have to fight them on Showtime or HBO which means no PPV money. Manny, rightfully so, considers himself as a PPV fighter.  It's sad but promoters are warily of putting "stars" in with black fighters without a huge following because blacks don't buy PPV fights in the same manner as Hispanics/Mexicans, Asians, or whites.  Notice how Mayweather took a tough fight against a Hispanic instead of beating up on Bradley after he beat Manny?  Mayweather won't fight Porter or Thurman because they don't bring in enough cash via PPV.      

TonyVenezuela
TonyVenezuela

 Mike Alvarado...W.T.F.?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!