Now that the smoke has cleared from the latest ‘fight of the year’, what’s next for Manny Pacquiao?
A battle with Floyd Mayweather Jr. seems the most likely scenario. But what if Mayweather can’t hack it against Juan Manuel Marquez on July 18?
If he loses, where does that leave Pacquiao who earned $12 million against Hatton?
After his destruction of De La Hoya and Hatton some fighters may even avoid him. Just ask Paul Williams. Finding a good fighter willing to meet you can be frustrating.
If the Mayweather bout does not come off, there is always Miguel Cotto, assuming he beats Joshua Clottey on June 13. If Clottey can upend Cotto, he could get his chance against Pacman too.
‘Sugar’ Shane Mosley at 37 is still good, albeit a little shop-worn.
If Juan Manuel Marquez beats Mayweather, there couled be a Marquez-Pacquiao III.
Other possibilities include Paul Williams and Andre Berto. Williams is an extreme long shot because it’s doubtful he would go back to welterweight now. And Berto doesn’t have enough of a track record.