Philippines, 23 Jun 2021
  Home >> News

 


BOXERS

CURRENT CHAMPIONS 

FORMER CHAMPIONS   

RATINGS                       

NEWS           

FORUM        

FIGHT GALLERIES        

RING CARD GIRLS        




 
 
News  


Manny and Canelo Could Have Fought Ten Years Ago But...


PhilBoxing.com




Manny Pacquiao was among the very first personalities who greeted Saul Canelo Alvarez in his recent victory over Billy Joe Saunders that put him just one title shy of overall domination of the super middleweight class.

"And still... congrats, Canelo" Manny tweeted minutes after Canelo secured an 8th round TKO win over Saunders that added the Briton's WBO belt to the WBC and WBA titles he won last year from another UK fighter Callum Smith.

Perhaps Manny and his multitudes of fans may be wondering what could have been had Manny and Canelo fought nearly ten years ago at super welterweight.

Actually, Canelo succeeded Manny as WBC super welterweight champion in 2011 when Manny vacated the said title after winning it in September 2010, establishing a still standing eight world boxing championships won in as many weight classes.

Manny outpointed another Mexican, Antonio Margarito, breaking his orbital bone in the process, for the title left vacant by Sergio Martinez when he won the middleweight crown and opted to stay at the new weight. However Manny by February 2011 also opted to move back down to the welterweight, saying the 154 lbs class was too high for him.

Canelo won the vacant title, his first world crown, by outclassing then European welterweight champion Matthew Hatton, also the first of a line of Britons he would face and beat on the way for his current harvest of world boxing titles.

Manny proceeded to further enhance his reputation the same year by taking on and defeating ex welterweight and super welterweight world titlist Shane Mosley and old nemesis Juan Manuel Marquez in their third meeting at welterweight.

At around that time, Floyd Mayweather nixed a $65 million offer by a Singaporean group to stage a Mayweather versus Pacquiao fight, one of the serious efforts to realize that fight since initial talks failed in 2010.

Then from out of the blue came the $65 million offer of Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim for Manny to fight Canelo in Mexico "for the sake and benefit of millions of Mexican fans who wanted to see Manny fight there."

Slim's offer was made through a phone call to then Ilocos Sur Governor Luis Chavit Singson, a known friend, supporter and confidante of Pacquiao. Most likely, Slim figured that if $65 million was not good enough for Floyd, the amount would be enough to lure Manny to fight in Mexico.

Gov Singson and Manny made known the offer to Bob Arum, owner of the Top Rank Promotions to which Pacquiao was signed up and which had the say to who and where he would fight.

The Slim offer called for a fight most likely against Canelo in Mexico the following year, 2012.

But it appeared that Arum had another plan for Manny for 2012, chief of which was still the pursuit of a more lucrative Mayweather fight. And Arum was also building up another boxing star in light welterweight king Timothy Bradley.

The main thing was even in the face of a sizeable offer, Arum was an incurable control freak, the very issue that prompted Oscar de la Hoya earlier and Floyd Jr later to bolt out of Top Rank. Arum would only be amenable to a fight if he will dictate who to fight and when and where it will be held.

Complicating matters was the fact that Canelo was under Golden Boy Promotions which is owned by Oscar de la Hoya, one of Arum's pet peeves. Any agreement could be reached only after a lot of acrimonious and contentious discussions.

So the long and short of it was nothing happened.

The pursuit of Floyd remained far off the horizon and that being so, Manny was left with no other options in 2012 than fights with Bradley and later, another go against Juan Ma Marquez, both he would uncharacteristically lose, the first by a robbery of a split decision, losing his WBO welterweight title and the second by a huge upset by knockout. It proved to be a bad year with Manny suffering the only back-to-back defeats in his entire career.

Had Manny then had a bigger say, perhaps things would have been different, with possible repercussions to Canelo's career and standing today.

Despite Manny's earlier pronouncements about fighting beyond the welterweights, we know for a fact that Manny especially then still at the height of his strongest prime, did not shun any opponent.

He gave a hellish beating to Margarito who in 2010 remained a popular formidable fighter that the WBC thought of him than Canelo-- who at that time was already a WBC international titlist-- as the fighter to battle Pacquiao for its vacant super welterweight crown.

Really, if one will look at the comparative resumes of Margarito and Canelo between 2008 and 2010, the former had the more impressive credentials. Margarito, although with a loss, had prominent guys as Kermit Cintron, Miguel Cotto and Shane Mosley in his list as compared to Canelo's Carlos Baldomir and Jose Cotto and Lovemore Ndou.

Had Arum, and perhaps Freddie Roach been receptive and cooperative in 2011 and found the way to realize Carlos Slim dream of having a Pacquiao-Canelo bout in Mexico, what would have happened?

Note that in 2012, Manny was just 32 years old and still in his prime, though arguably his strongest was between 2008-2010. Without doubt, 2012 as it actually turned out was just a freak year for Manny.

By comparison, Canelo was only 20 years old, still far off to his development years, between 2014-2017 after the traumatic defeat to Floyd in 2013.

Manny was still a dervish, known for his speed, awkward angled attack, voluminous two fisted punching, intelligent boxing and most importantly, maturity inside and even outside the ring. Some claim he had mellowed and lost his killer's instinct but he remained a murderous puncher with very solid whiskers. He definitely would have the decided advantage in experience, especially in high pressure championship fight.

Though taller, heavier and stronger physically not necessarily in punching sock, Canelo by 2012 was still raw, a work in progress. He was also more of a plodder still learning how to cut the ring. Then as now, he has problems dealing with stick and move guys. His punching accuracy was also not that good. He was notorious for his stamina issues. I would say that Tony Margarito at comparable age or stage in career was better and deadlier.

Manny by 2012 had gone through the likes of Miguel Cotto, Joshua Clottey, Tony Margarito, Shane Mosley and JuanMa Marquez who were better than those Canelo had faced and beaten as Luciano Cuello, Jose Cotto, Baldomir, Ndou, Matthew Hatton and Ryan Rhodes.

Given these, I would say that Manny could have been the first to beat Canelo on points had they actually fought in 2012, perhaps in a compromise place closest to Mexican border.

Arum would not allow the fight to take place in Mexico where hometown advantage would have played a role in the officiating and judges decision, never mind if it would have been an all American set of ring officials.

Floyd was right in choosing the proper time to fight Canelo--- when he was still very young and raw in 2013.

The author Teodoro Medina Reynoso is a veteran boxing radio talk show host living in the Philippines. He can be reached at teddyreynoso@yahoo.com and by phone 09215309477.


Click here to view a list of other articles written by Teodoro Medina Reynoso.


Recent PhilBoxing.com In-House articles:

  • June 26: Giovani Santillan-Cecil McCalla Welterweight Showdown Confirmed for Lomachenko-Nakatani ESPN+ Undercard at Virgin Hotels Las Vegas
    , Wed, 23 Jun 2021
  • Super Welterweight Contender Carlos Adames Faces Alexis Salazar in Gervonta Davis vs. Mario Barrios SHOWTIME PPV Undercard This Saturday, June 26
    , Wed, 23 Jun 2021
  • Pierce O'Leary faces hard-hitting Jan Marsalek on Friday's MTK Fight Night
    , Tue, 22 Jun 2021
  • AdZU's AGM Fletch Archer Arado will Represent the Philippines in the 2021 Asian Schools Chess Championship
    By Marlon Bernardino, , Tue, 22 Jun 2021
  • The Past Week in Action 21 June 2021: Another Monster Performance by Inoue
    By Eric Armit, , Tue, 22 Jun 2021
  • SPORTS SHORTS 154: JULIO CESAR CHAVEZ SR. VS. HECTOR CAMACHO JR. EXHIBITION
    By Maloney L. Samaco, , Tue, 22 Jun 2021
  • Blair Cobbs Wants a Big Fight After TKO of Solomon
    , Tue, 22 Jun 2021
  • Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez part of group that opened new state-of-the-art boxing gym in the Heart of North Hollywood’s Arts District
    , Tue, 22 Jun 2021
  • Abne TKOs Borbon; Gabunilas win
    By Lito delos Reyes, , Tue, 22 Jun 2021
  • Hosea Burton: First Liam Conroy, then I want Lyndon Arthur!
    , Tue, 22 Jun 2021
  • Ricky Medina Extends Undefeated Record with Dominate Performanc
    , Tue, 22 Jun 2021
  • Defending champion Laguna scores twin wins in PCAP
    By Marlon Bernardino, , Tue, 22 Jun 2021
  • Jay Harris: I'm proud to be part of a huge weekend for Welsh sport!
    , Mon, 21 Jun 2021
  • The Resurrected Art of Body Punching
    By Teodoro Medina Reynoso, , Mon, 21 Jun 2021
  • IM Angelo Abundo Young wins BVP Santos Optical Arbiter Chess Tournament
    By Marlon Bernardino, , Mon, 21 Jun 2021
  • PHOENIX’S JAMES JONES WINS 2020-21 NBA BASKETBALL EXECUTIVE OF THE YEAR AWARD
    , Mon, 21 Jun 2021
  • Pinoy champs collide to unify titles
    By Joaquin Henson, , Mon, 21 Jun 2021
  • MMA Legend Anderson Silva scores Shocking Split Decision over Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.
    , Mon, 21 Jun 2021
  • Split-T Management's Eric Puente and Omar Rosario Remain Undefeated With Wins in Las Vegas
    , Mon, 21 Jun 2021
  • Split-T Management Signs Super Middleweight Dante Benjamin Jr.
    , Mon, 21 Jun 2021
  • SPORTS SHORTS 153: NAOYA INOUE STOPS MICHAEL DASMARIÑAS IN THREE, NONITO DONAIRE TO FACE JOHN RIEL CASIMERO IN UNIFICATION
    By Maloney L. Samaco, , Sun, 20 Jun 2021
  • Inoue Demolishes Dasmarinas to Retain Bantamweight World Titles
    , Sun, 20 Jun 2021
  • UNDEFEATED WBC MIDDLEWEIGHT WORLD CHAMPION JERMALL CHARLO DEFENDS TITLE IN FRONT OF HOMETOWN FANS IN SHOWTIME® MAIN EVENT
    , Sun, 20 Jun 2021
  • The Monster Proved Too Much for Dasmariñas
    By Ed de la Vega, DDS, , Sun, 20 Jun 2021
  • MAYER DOMINATES FARIAS, RETAINS WBO JR LIGHTWEIGHT BELT
    By Ed de la Vega, DDS, , Sun, 20 Jun 2021




  •  



     
    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
    © 2021 philboxing.com.