Manny Pacquiao: The Boss of Bosses
As we wait for the Errol Spence vs Shawn Porter match-up, there’s a larger question looming on the horizon. What will Pacquiao do next? Even with the magnitude of the Spence vs Porter unification, the winner gets to wait in the Congressman’s crowded lobby. Until Pacquiao makes a decision, there’s not going to be any movement in the welterweight division.
Manny Pacquiao assumed total control of the welterweight division with his victory over Keith Thurman for his WBA welterweight title. Combined with his box office success, he’s now the kingpin. No top welterweight will announce a move until Pacquiao decides who gets to share a ring with him next. As it happens, there are several fighters who are legitimate options.
Errol Spence, IBF Welterweight Champion
Errol Spence Jr will clash with WBC champion Shawn “Showtime” Porter on September 28. If Spence can successfully unify his title, he becomes the fan favorite for a mega showdown. The Philippine icon also entered the ring following Spence’s victory over Mikey Garcia and said he’d be willing to fight him.
The former WBC welterweight champion has been considered as a potential Manny Pacquiao opponent for several years. However, the match-up has never materialized. Garcia was a unified champion at junior welterweight, and was very competitive with both Shawn Porter and Keith Thurman. He looks to have finally acclimated to the division, and has added some new wrinkles to his game. Garcia brings a solid fan base to the table, and with Pacquiao nearing retirement, he may want the guaranteed commercial success.
As a multi-division world champion and former pound-for-pound star, he definitely has the pedigree. The downside is that he’s coming off of a lopsided loss to Errol Spence and it wouldn’t be a good look for the Congressman with unification bouts on the table. Mikey Garcia has a lucrative offer from DAZN, and has made it clear that he won’t make any moves until Pacquiao announces his plans.
As a former undisputed champion and three division world champion, if Pacquiao were to get a win here, he’d wrestle the mantle of “Best Fighter of the Era” from Floyd Mayweather, and put the finishing touch on an already sterling resume. Crawford has also been very vocal in calling out the eight-division world champion, and has a contingent of fans that believe Pacquiao actually fears him.
Point blank, if the WBC champion can pull off the upset and unify his title, he’s on the list. Pacquiao and Porter share some history, as “Showtime” helped Manny Pacquiao, in sparring, get ready for his epic victory over Miguel Cotto. As previously mentioned in the cases of Crawford and Spence, this would get us a step closer to an undisputed welterweight champion.
Its obvious that even while on the back nine of his illustrious career, Manny Pacquiao is the straw that stirs the drink in the welterweight division. On September 29, regardless what happens in the Spence vs Porter showdown, all eyes will be on Manny Pacquiao.
By: Corey Cunningham