Manny Pacquiao became from a one dimension boxer into a tactician who could jab and move the ring very well. The transformation was witness by millions of people on his David Diaz fight. People came to love Manny with his brawler type no fear fighting stance but being in the limelight Manny needs to make a step higher to make his career long. The likes of Arturo Gatti whose career cut short because of his brawler style fight. The main thing is longetivity a career like Manny needs the transformation because of the wear and tear of boxing. Manny after dethroning Diaz will now face his former self in Edwin Valero this November. Valero a virtually unknown commodity by people but a well known fighter from the boxing community has carved an immaculate record of 24 wins all by knockouts with 19 of his fights lasting the first round only. He was bared to fight in the US after a motorcycle accident which doctors remove a clot on his head. But the state of Texas has given him a new lease of life after giving him the go signal and got his license back.
Promoter Bob Arum has set his eyes on Pacquiao-Valero showdown and although this fight could sell like hotcakes but Bob has put Manny again in the perils of his career.
Edwin Valero went to fight on the light weight division chasing the mega fight against Manny. Valero doesn’t have a belt to offer Manny and with a 100 percent KO record Bob Arum is putting Manny’s career in danger. The risk is high and the reward is too low for Manny. Valero might be an untested fighter with no big names on his record but a puncher like him is always dangerous to fight. One punch can make a difference.
Valero has already been rated on the pound per pound list and a win against Valero will put Manny’s legacy rock solid. Valero has never tasted the lightweight division and putting in the right perspective he is not Manny. He doesn’t have lateral movement and his defense is abysmal and the only direction he knows is to go forward. Manny was successful on his light weight debut because he stick to his game plan very well. Valero’s 24 knockouts are with unknown fighters he was never been tested by the big names on the superfeather weight division and to put him on the ring against Manny as a lightweight is like putting a mouse in a lion’s den. Manny prides himself with his speed and power and with Valero he is much like Diaz with a power punch. A win against a big puncher like Valero will be a litmus test for Manny and moving up in weight to challenge Ricky Hatton will be an easy transition.
Pacquiao-Valero fight might not be a good matchup although boxing fanatics like me salivates to this idea. Valero known as the Kimbo Slice in boxing got his wish on fighting Manny. We all remember how Barrera was all praises to Valero and Edwin went on calling Manny for a fight in the press conference. So Valero got what he wanted… A November date against Manny… be careful what you wish for because if you get it, it may not be what you want…