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Outside Looking In: What can signing wih Haymon mean to Pacquio


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It?s official. Filipino ring great Manny Pacquiao, himself, announced on Monday last week that from hereon, he will be working with manager/adviser Al Haymon.

Meaning? Well, it means for the second straight fight after annihilating Lucas Matthyse, who he dethroned as Word Boxing Association welterweight titleholder last July via a seventh round TKO, Pacquiao will be dancing atop the ring without the blessing of Top Rank?s Bob Arum, his promoter the past one decade and-a-half of his storied 23-year professional career.

It means, too, that the now member of the Philippine Senate will now have the chance to face the best and the brightest fighters in the 147-pound division, a privilege Pacquiao didn?t get under Arum since advancing to the welter class with the 12th round stoppage of Miguel Cotto in 2009.

The Hall of Fame promoter pitted him in three fights versus Timothy Bradley, two fights with Juan Manuel Marquez and one with Mayweather but before that the only man to win world titles in eight weight categories could only obliged winning by decisions over the likes of Joshua Clottey, Shane Mosley, Antonio Margarito, Chris Algeiri, Brandon Rios to preserve him as Arum?s premier cash cow.

Until he Filipino pride yielded anew his belt fog then unheralded Jeff Horn of Australia in July of 2017.

The formidable list of probable Pacquiao opponents in the remaining few months of his career includes welterweight belt owners Errol Spence Jr., Shawn Porter, Keith Thurman and former titlist Danny Garcia. These matchups not only would boost these young campaigners? profiles but, likewise, show what?s left in Pacquiao?s gas tank at age 40 when he will be on December 27.

For a start under the agreement to be signed on November 7, Pacquiao will be facing American Adrien Broner January 19 as proposed for his WBA crown, possibly in Las Vegas, his first in the U.S. since November 2016 when he reclaimed the 147-pound plum he lost to undefeated Floyd Mayweather Jr. the year before.

Should Pacquiao get past Broner, the plan is he would be paired with the Mayweather Jr. in what could be another blockbuster Mayweather-Pacquiao II.

The mere thought of this makes people sigh with a collective groan. And it is hard to blame them. Many feel they got swindled out of $100 for ordering the pay-per-view for the so-called "Fight of the Century" in 2015 after a five-year-plus negotiations that saw Mayweather winning a 12-round sleeper. It broke though all financial records and both walked on the way to their banks with hundreds of millions of dollars in their pockets.

While the proposed second serving is not expected to draw as well as the first fight, it would still do well enough for each fighter to generate a nine-figure payroll for their time inside the squared circle.

But, Mayweather said over the weekend to TMZ that he advised Haymon to have Pacquiao face Broner and then face Spence and possibly Terence Crawford before the Las Vegas native battles his greatest rival one more time. Some took the news as Mayweather playing games and once again ducking Pacquiao, considering how good he looked when he pummeled Lucas Matthysse to win by seventh-round knockout in July.

Mayweather is a smart businessman, though. He's drumming up more interest in making everyone believe he won't take on Pacquiao once again. The man known as "Money" loves money more than any athlete on the planet and realizes battling Pacquiao one more time will be the last major payday of his illustrious career.

At the end of the day, everything comes down to money. No one would admit it, but it is the truth. Under the thumb of Arum, the only big paydays Pacquiao had left were with Crawford and Vasyl Lomachenko.

Pacquiao is likely to make more being pitted with Broner and, in a couple months face the two best pound-for-pound fighters on the planet.

Add the fact he'll get another highly substantial payday with Mayweather and in a passing-of-the-torch bout against Spence. Pacquiao, if he has the right people around him in the final stages of his legendary career, can ride off on the white horse a financially set man for the rest of his life.


Click here to view a list of other articles written by Eddie Alinea.


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