What’s the no.1 thing you have to secure in building a good and sturdy house? You have to have a good and solid foundation. Edwin Valero who piled up 25 knockouts in 25 bouts has dig deeper in building his reputation but is it enough to make a good and lasting legacy? Manny Pacquiao had to go through hell and back to be what he is now although Valero is now on the right track he still has a long way to be on Pacquiao’s shoe. Cleaning up the lightweight division would be best for Valero as for now but finding the right fight will be crucial to his colorful career.
Juan Manuel Marquez– If you want the best then you will have to fight the best. Marquez is the best lightweight right now and after trouncing two worthy opponents in Casamayor and Juan Diaz he deserves right in the no.2 spot against Pacquiao as world’s pound per pound best claiming the WBO, WBA and IBO lightweight titles. Marquez could challenge Valero’s WBC belt for a unified title and eventually entice Pacquiao for the final trilogy. Frankly speaking I don’t give Valero a trivial chance for an upset against Marquez. He still has many flaws on his defense he is likely susceptible for Juanma’s counterpunches as he moves forward and his chin widely open. Pitalua would have capitalized this but fear got into him. But what Valero lacks in defense he compensate it with his strong offense. He has power in both hands and he has speed. The two formulas to bring down a veteran like Marquez. One punch can make a difference and Valero is confident what he brings to the table.
Juan Diaz– the Baby Bull can give Valero a run for his money…Matching speed per speed, making him work from start to finish. Stamina would be the x-factor for this match. We knew how Diaz in the first round dominated Marquez but faded in the later rounds matching Valero’s work rate would be a big question for Diaz… but Valero who fought mostly in the initial round with only 6 opponents going beyond round 6 has also a questionable stamina. But it’s a good experience for Valero if he can keep up Diaz’s pace then he will have no problem in fighting a caliber fighter like him.
Joan Guzman– Guzman is what we call a dream fighter he has the complete arsenal on his sleeve. He can box, move and frustrate you in many ways but Joan is effective in the lower weights wherein he powers his way against opponents. Wasting a golden opportunity against Nate Campbell when he showed up 3 pounds over the weight limit Joan needs the discipline and the sustainability to prolong his career. Joan and Edwin are both fighters trying to find their niche and recognition in boxing. A fight will be both beneficial for either of them this would be a typical boxer against brawler type of fight but I bet my money on Valero for this one.
Amir Khan – This fight would turn out to be messy. If Valero wants to make a name why not call upon Amir Khan who is a young and rising star who happens to be a stable mate of Manny Pacquiao. At a tender age of 22 Khan has not yet reach his prime although he stand his own ground sparring against Pacquiao but it’s a different state if you are fighting with no head gear and free for all fight with Valero. His fight with Bredis Prescott might be used as a Barometer for Valero. Prescott caught Khan’s chin and took only 54 seconds to finish the fight. Its bad news for Khan especially if his fighting a two fisted monster who only needs a slight mistake to finish his opponent Khan’s only chance is to move and neutralize Valero’s power by fighting at the center of the ring.
Valero have made a lasting impression to boxing fans and will continue to build his foundation as he calls upon pound per pound greats. A fight with Manny Pacquiao would be his ultimate goal but for now he will have to eliminate the competition. Bring on the Marquez, Guzman, Diaz and Khan’s because “El Inca” is coming.