Welcome to 'Doggy Bag' where I discuss some of my ideas, thoughts and feelings on Boxing related issues. Plus some news worthy tid bits and more. Enjoy!
To start, I'd like to talk about the 3 MUST-FIGHTS in order of importance for Manny Pacquiao - These of course are hypothetical because before any of these match-ups can truly begin to be discussed, on November 23rd Pacquiao must first tackle the challenge of Brandon 'Bam Bam' Rios. I want to stress I am not overlooking Rios, especially after I recently enjoyed listening to him in an interview conducted by Jenna J. for On The Ropes Boxing Radio / DHB - (more on that below) in which he was brimming with confidence and finally had me sold that he will not be a pushover. So without further ado...
MUST-FIGHTS FOR MANNY PACQUIAO.
Number One: Obviously a no-brainer - Floyd Mayweather Jr.
It isn't just the number one must-fight for Pacquiao - it is also most definitely the top fight for Mayweather. These two will always be linked in name. They have unfinished business. And if it's all about making money - can someone tell me what fight in boxing could make more? Would it be a record breaker? I believe so on all fronts from the live gate to the PPV revenue.
Number Two: Until Saturday night at the Thomas & Mack Center, this spot was reserved for Juan Manuel Marquez (who Ko'ed Pacquiao in round 3 of their fight this past December) but now goes to
Tim Bradley (who defeated JMM by way of a split decision). Last year in the month of June, Bradley won a shocking and highly controversial split decision to take the WBO welterweight title off Pacquiao.
For Pacquiao a rematch with Bradley is not about unfinished business as it would be the case with Mayweather, but rather righting a wrong. A chance for Pacquiao to correct all the misdoings
of their first controversial encounter. - This is also the number one must-fight for Bradley - perhaps his only shot at redemption in the eyes of fans left hot and bothered over his victory on Pacman.
AND LAST BUT CERTAINLY NOT LEAST IN TODAY'S DOGGY BAG...
Anatomy of a bad decision: Raymundo Beltran reflects on the great robbery in Scotland
In an excellent interview conducted by John J. Raspanti, yesterday Doghouse Boxing
readers were treated to Raymundo Beltran - “Ricky (Burns) was doing more surviving than fighting. The referee wasn’t neutral, he was helping Ricky. I didn’t think he was a fair referee. He didn’t warn Ricky about holding so much."