I already know what you’re thinking. Why should Manny Pacquiao fight Floyd Mayweather’s leftovers but now that it’s official that Floyd Mayweather will be fighting Miguel Cotto on May 5 (Pacquiao’s leftovers)? I guess you can say that turnabout is fair play.
In terms of excitement, this one looks to be the better match up of the two. Once again Victor Ortiz finds himself in a position where he’s looking for redemption after the Mayweather fiasco, where Manny Pacquiao could finally say that he is facing a young fighter in their prime and some one who is arguably the third best welterweight in the world out side of himself and Mayweather.
Although both Ortiz and Pacquiao are very aggressive fighters, who tend to get hit often in fights, arguably you can say that Ortiz may be the harder puncher of the two, so it could be a dangerous fight. Pacquiao has the edge in speed as well as work rate and with those advantages, he could offset Ortiz’ power, size, and strength. With all that being said, this wouldn’t be a walk in the park for either man.
Because of the controversial ending of Ortiz’ fight against Mayweather, it left many people wondering what would have happened if Ortiz didn’t let his guard down and the fight went on. Although the sucker punch was legal, it was classified as a cheap win by many. Pacquaio would be in a position where he could upstage Mayweather’s previous performance against Ortiz by dominating him in such a way that would be free of controversy.
Maywether vs. Cotto and Pacquiao vs. Ortiz are both interesting fights in their own right but Cotto’s style appears to be tailor made for Mayweather, but because Pacquiao does get hit a lot and has been slowing down lately, a fight against Ortiz seems more intriguing in my opinion.
They say timing is everything in life as well as boxing. Have the stars aligned just right for Victor Ortiz, and could he find himself in yet other huge event by securing a fight against the pound for pound king? Given the recent series of events, I wouldn’t be surprised of Ortiz’ name gets through in the hat and added to Bob Arum’s short list of possible opponents for Manny Pacquiao.