With Floyd in jail, Pacquiao becomes boxing's top draw
MANILA, Philippines – Manny Pacquiao has become boxing's main attraction now that Floyd Mayweather Jr. is going to prison, said sports historian Bert Sugar.
Sugar, who has been covering boxing for more than 3 decades, said fight fans' attention is now centered on Pacquiao with Mayweather’s temporary departure from boxing.
“Everybody is looking at May 5th and now it’s circulating around Pacquiao, not Floyd,” Sugar said in Examiner.com.
Mayweather is serving a 90-day prison sentence following his guilty plea on a domestic abuse charge.
This prompted Pacquiao, who was planning a superfight against the undefeated American, to look for other opponents.
Among those being considered are Juan Manuel Marquez, Miguel Cotto, Lamont Peterson and Timothy Bradley.
Sugar opposes Marquez and Peterson from getting the Pacquiao fight.
“Well I've seen Marquez and Marquez and Marquez, haven’t I? Yes, yes, and yes. So, my thesis on this is that it’s going to be one of the others,” Sugar said, referring to the controversial results of Pacquiao’s 3 bouts against Marquez.
“I don’t know that Peterson has a lot of real credentials. He has one decision against Amir Khan and I think that was because the referee took two points away for pushing. So I really don’t think Peterson is in the mix. I think it’s down to the others,” he added.
Pacquiao's next fight is scheduled to take place in May or June.
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