Before there was the Venezuelan slugger Edwin Valero as the destined match against Manny Pacquiao but after a poor pay per view buys on the Diaz-Pacquiao fight it cancelled the possibility of the Valero showdown. The fight would be too risky and with an untested Valero who still has to produce a license in Nevada it would be a bad business decision for Top rank. Humberto Soto’s name was mentioned to replace Valero… Soto is a sub par fighter but it’s more or less the same with Valero he doesn’t generate pay per view buys although he has some few Mexican fan based but still he doesn’t make an interest for the boxing fanatics.
Oscar De La Hoya
The match up against “Golden Boy” Oscar De La Hoya is a video fantasy but talks have been resurfacing of the possible face off against Manny. Oscar De La Hoya has defeated 17 world champions and won 10 world titles in 6 different weight classes he started at 130 lbs and has fought as high as the middle weight division against Bernard Hopkins. Manny started at 106lbs. and 4 inch shorter against Oscar they would have to fight at a catch weight of 147lbs. Come fight night Manny would be at most at 145lbs while Oscar would be 10 lbs bigger although this is a fight we love to see but the disparity is really evident on both fighters. The bigger fighter would be Oscar and though his power and reflexes are getting slow but one punch could make a difference. Manny has to be fast and evasive on Oscar’s power punches but can he be that evasive for the full 12 rounds?
Top rank has pampered Manny a lot and sometimes it’s beginning to be a bit annoying. We really don’t care if he is being match-up against Jorge Solis or David Diaz but Manny has to fight good quality match-ups like the Miguel Cotto-Antonio Margarito fight. He has worked so hard and pitting him against unknown Valero and Soto would be too risky. If he wins there’s nothing much to talk about and if he looses a lot would be taken away from him. The availability of some light weight fighters could have been one factor but I guess pairing him against De La Hoya might be good for Manny career wise and financially wise. Manny could get a 20$ million pay day and with just two or three bouts left on his illustrious career this could give him a good retirement with Millions on his pockets.
Back to Oscar
Oscar De La Hoya at age 35 wanted to make a legacy before retiring he has given us wonderful and exciting bouts come to think of it his legacy has already been carved and a fight with the best pound per pound king would be an exclamation point of his greatness but Oscar has to think first. If he wins people would blame the size difference between the two and expectedly the bigger fighter wins. If he looses it would be a bitter exit for him so in other words win or loose Oscar have to face some controversies either way. Oscar might put a stop to the Filipino’s streak against Mexican fighters and over all this would be a mega showdown with both fighters. A Cotto-De La Hoya match might generate millions but not as much as the projected Pacquiao match-up. The proposed fight would happen sometime in December a fitting exit for De La Hoya and a grand pay day for Manny. Both deserved it… We would never know how these two fair each other… there are no contracts signed yet and talks have been circulating. But as far as impossible this is close to reality. Money talks and everything will follow.