Philippines, 25 May 2018
  Home >> News >> List of Articles >> Edwin G. Espejo

 
Search Boxer:
First Name
Last Name


BOXERS                         

CURRENT CHAMPIONS 

FORMER CHAMPIONS   

RATINGS                       

FIGHT SCHEDULES        

FIGHT RESULTS            

NEWS                            

HOUSE NEWS                

FORUM                          

FIGHT GALLERIES        

TRAINERS                     

MANAGERS                    

PROMOTERS                  

BOXING GYMS               

RING CARD GIRLS        




 



Dong Secuya
Web Editor

Rene Bonsubre, Jr.
Contributing Editor

Homer D. Sayson
NBA Section Editor




Ronnie Nathanielsz

Rich Mazon

Eddie Alinea

Epifanio M. Almeda

Anthony Andales

Jason Aniel

Hesiquio Balderas

Sid Bañez

Brett Bonetti

Marlon Bernardino

Winchell Campos

Socrates Celestial

T. Chin-Te

Carlos Costa

Christopher Cruz

Rob Cruz

Jonathan Davis

Dr. Ed de la Vega

Lito delos Reyes

Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro

Edwin G. Espejo

Dennis U. Eroa

Ron Galarpe

Joaquin Henson

Oliver Iglesias

Dionis Jacobe

Ted Lerner

Salven Lagumbay

Reylan Loberternos

Mike Angel Lopez

Salvador Lopez

Joan Secuya-Medida

Ryan Medida

Rico Navarro

Rod Mijares

Manny Pacquiao

Gerry Peñalosa

Greg R. Penilla, M.D.

Gov. Manny Piñol

Dr. Allan Recto

Hermie Rivera

Emmanuel T. Rivera

Virgi T. Romano

Nicholai R. Roska

Maloney L. Samaco

Sev Sarmenta

Reynaldo Seno

Myron Sta. Ana

Atty. Danrex Joseph V. Tapdasan

Recah Trinidad

Reni M. Valenzuela

Mark F. Villanueva




 
List of Articles by Edwin G. Espejo



PACQUIAO WATCH: Who Will Get the Next Crack?

By Edwin G. Espejo
PhilBoxing.com
15 Oct 2007



Manny's less spectacular conquest of Marco Antonio Barrera has driven many in the super featherweight and lightweight classes scampering to the beeline.

Everybody wants to get a piece of Manny and of the money that goes along with him.

From Venezuelan Edwin Velero to Joan Guzman, Englishman Alex Arthur and Juan Manuel Marquez in the 130-lbs class to Joel Casamayor, David Diaz and Juan Diaz in the 135-lbs limit – all of them champions in their own right.

The catch however is "if the price is right."

Curiously, somebody has yet to challenge Manny in a winner take all fight.

Simply put, they are all willing to take the risk for the love of money.

David Diaz fired first by demanding a seven-figure purse to stake his World Boxing Council belt. At 31 and with another lineal titlist Juan Diaz looming as a potential foe in a unification bout, David Diaz wants to earn megabucks before, perhaps, surrendering his title to his (sur)namesake.

That's a good business sense. Indeed, why fight Juan for a purse far less than fighting the biggest draw in the lightweight division? Juan Diaz, on the other hand, knew too well that there is no money out there except fighting a boxer named Manny Pacquiao. Casamayor could wait. While he may be a sleek fighter, his style will make a boring match. Not good for television.

Marquez? Forget about him. He won't fight Manny if he can't have his retirement pay. Valero won't sell unless the fight is staged in the US where he is banned from fighting because of a head injury suffered in a motorcycle accident several years back. Joan Guzman is a probable but his name doesn't ring a bell and that is bad for HBO's pay per view card. A fight with Alex Arthur is a longshot.

So who should Manny fight next?

A fight Juan Diaz is probably the most lucrative bout for Manny. But it might be too much to soon for Manny to fight him coming off the super featherweight class.

But to satisfy Juan Diaz, why not fight him at a catch weight of 133 pounds for 12 rounds. No title at stake, just bragging rights.

Remember, Juan Diaz started as a welterweight before comfortably settling down at the regular lightweight limit and after the big punchers in the division have faded into irrelevance. Diego Corrales, one of the pure punchers in the division, is already dead. Jose Luis Castillo is already washed up and fans may have seen the last of Anecito Freitas. The triumvirate used to form part of the division's exciting fighters. Not anymore.

Juan Diaz is hungry for money fights which only Manny could provide. His plodding and bullying style fits Manny's. Both throw terrific volume of power punches and a fight with the Filipino southpaw could very well be a candidate for Fight of the Year award if it pushes trough sometime next year.

If Juan Diaz wants it badly and immediately, a non-title fight at 133 pounds will surely be a box office blockbuster.

Don King Promotions (Juan Diaz) versus Top Rank Promotions (Manny Pacquiao)? That's a megabuck card.

Otherwise, Manny may be right. Valero is next if only to shut up the blabber-mouthed Venezuelan and finally give Barrera his peace of mind.

But David Diaz is a good alternative to also give Morales his peace of mind. After all, Pacquiao and Morales have already forged a lasting friendship that vengeance, by way of Manny, is as sweet as his own.


Back to Edwin G. Espejo's Articles Listing



Recent PhilBoxing.com In-House articles:

  • Ancajas warned to expect tough fight
    By Joaquin Henson, 25 May 2018
  • Two Filipino boxers to make history in Fresno for IBF Junior Bantamweight title
    By Leo Reyes, 25 May 2018
  • B. RILEY FBR, INC. AND SUGAR RAY LEONARD FOUNDATION CELEBRATED THE 9TH ANNUAL 'BIG FIGHTERS, BIG CAUSE' CHARITY BOXING NIGHT
    By , 25 May 2018
  • Gomez, three others share PNG Rapid chess lead
    By Marlon Bernardino, 25 May 2018
  • Manny’s well, nothing to worry about – Buboy
    By Eddie Alinea, 24 May 2018
  • Fortune says he’s Filipino, too
    By Joaquin Henson, 24 May 2018
  • Media Workout Notes & Quotes: Ancajas, Sultan Prepare for First All-Filipino World Title Bout in 93 Years
    By , 24 May 2018
  • Sergei Kharitonov speaks out before Today's SuperFight with Anton Vyazigin Headlining M-1 Challenge 92
    By , 24 May 2018
  • JOHN PAUL GOMEZ OF ALBAY PROVINCE BAGS FIRST GOLD OF PHILIPPINE NATIONAL GAMES STANDARD PLAY CHESS COMPETITION
    By , 24 May 2018
  • 2018 Mosconi Cup: Jeremy Jones named as US Vice-Captain
    By , 24 May 2018
  • Fasten your seatbelts for a spectacular entertainment line-up at the FORMULA 1 2018 SINGAPORE AIRLINES SINGAPORE GRAND PRIX
    By , 24 May 2018
  • From the Matchmaker's Corner: ESPINAS WRESTS RP LIGHT-FLY TITLE; RP YOUTH TITLE
    By Salvador Lopez, 24 May 2018
  • Two time Olympic Medalist Dychko to face Marrone June 16 in St. Petersburg, FL
    By , 24 May 2018
  • MARATHON BOXING FOR THE WORLD 5K WALK ON SUNDAY, JULY 22 IN CAGUAS, PUERTO RICO
    By , 24 May 2018
  • NBA West Finals -- Rockets tie series with Game 4 steal
    By Homer D. Sayson, 24 May 2018
  • 23 years of fighting and still counting
    By Eddie Alinea, 23 May 2018
  • Upset-conscious Moralde vows to go all-out versus unbeaten foe
    By , 23 May 2018
  • Gomez seizes Cebu PNG lead
    By Marlon Bernardino, 23 May 2018
  • The Past Week in Action 22 May 2018
    By Eric Armit, 23 May 2018
  • FRIDAY: Naoya “Monster” Inoue and Ken Shiro Title Defenses to be Broadcast in the U.S. LIVE and Exclusively on ESPN+
    By , 23 May 2018





  •  




     
    PhilBoxing.com has been created to support every aspiring
    Filipino boxer and the Philippine boxing scene in general.
    Please send comments to feedback@philboxing.com


    PRIVATE POLICY | LEGAL DISCLAIMER
    developed and maintained by dong secuya
    © 2018 philboxing.com.