AT least three of four upcoming Filipino fighters have Floyd Mayweather Jr. on top of their list as possible next opponent of boxing sensation Manny Pacquiao.
Asked if given the chance to be Pacquiao himself, Jaderes Padua, Dennis Tubieron, and Renan Trongco were all on the same page in saying that they will all face the 34-year-old Mayweather in a mega-fight the world absolutely wants to see.
Only Gabriel Altarejos was vocal in saying that Timothy Bradley, who stunned the `Pacman’ in a 12-round split decision last June, should be given a second chance to prove himself in a rematch.
All four fighters were guests in Tuesday’s weekly session of the PSA Forum.
The 33-year-old Pacquiao is set for a November 10 ring return, although until now he has yet to make up his mind on who his opponent would be.
Bob Arum of Top Rank, Pacquiao’s promoter, has included the names of Bradley, Mexican rival Juan Manuel Marquez, and longshot Miguel Cotto, in the short list of possible opponents. He added that a fight with Mayweather is plausible by early next year.
“Kung ako si Pacquiao, hihintayin ko na lang si Mayweather. Wala ng ganang manood ang mga tao kung same opponents pa rin ang panonoorin,” said Padua, owner of a 7-1 record, including 5 KOs, as he defends his World Boxing Council (WBC) Youth Intercontinental super-bantamweight title against Indonesian James Mokoginta on September 8 at the Elorde Sports Complex.
“Si Floyd Mayweather kasi, 'yun ang inaabangan ng mga tao,” said Trongco, vying for the vacant WBC International light-flyweight championship against Ryu Onigashima of Japan. “Silang dalawa ang pound-for-pound best fighters sa buong mundo. Magandang silang dalawa ang maglaban.”
Trongco added Pacquiao has nothing more to prove other than fighting – and defeating – the unbeaten Mayweather.
“Inubos na kasi lahat ni Manny, e,” he said.
Tubieron, who challenges WBC international bantamweight title holder Hiroki Shiino of Japan, was more direct to the point, saying,” dapat si Mayweather para matanggal na ang yabang niya. Tsaka ayaw na ng tao ng paulit-ulit.”
The father-and-son tandem of Gabriel and Jun Altarejos, however, was of the belief the boxing superstar turned Sarangani congressman should settle his issue first with Bradley before facing Mayweather.
“Yung huling laban niya kay Bradley medyo controversial, kaya kung ako siya, si Bradley muna ang lalabanan ko,” said the younger Altarejos, the reigning WBC Youth Intercontinental super-flyweight champion who stakes his crown against Weljan Ugbaniel.
His father agreed.
“Kay Bradley ako, para patunayan natin sa buong mundo kung sino talaga ang nanalo sa kanila,” said Jun, who named his boxer son after the late boxing great, Gabriel `Flash’ Elorde.