Boxing pundits on Pacquiao fighting a no-name opponent
LAS VEGAS, NV — In the boxing world, it’s tough not to mention Philippines’ boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao, especially in the fight capital of Las Vegas.
For over a decade, Vegas has been hosting Pacquiao’s fights. The majority of those fights were victories, while a few of them were losses. He became a favorite household name not only to boxing enthusiasts, but among celebrities and US politicians.
“Fight again, win again, Manny, he’ll fight again!” said Larry King, TV/radio personality.
Pacquiao’s upcoming fight against 29-year-old Jeffrey Horn, an Australian boxer, caused veteran sportswriters in Sin City to raise their eyebrows since horn is not that visible in the boxing world.
“The guy is terrible,” said Yahoo sportswriter Kevin Iole. “And why are you fighting Jeff Horn; just a joke.”
Iole adds that Pacquiao should fight opponents that are of the same caliber — the big guns of the boxing world.
“The truth is Manny doesn’t want to fight a really big guy right now, Keith Thurman said that he would fight him. Thurman has welterweight title… Pacquiao is not fighting Canelo; he is too big. Manny Pacquiao needs to fight somebody better than Jeff Horn.”
“My question is why is he fighting the Horn kid in Australia of all places,” said Cris Matthuis, CBS sportsanchor. “That’s my question to you… to Bob Arum… he is on the tail of his career; doesn’t want to take a chance; I really don;t know why.”
Others believe that because he is one of the boxing greats, Pacquiao could fight anywhere in the world.
“Manny has turned in to a savvy fighter, and I think he deserves the chance to continue fighting,” said James Smith, boxing host of In this Corner. “He is still one of the best fighters out there because of his experience, because of his ring guile.”
Earlier this year, Pacquiao was scheduled to fight against Amir Khan in Abu Dhabi but that fight was called off.
The Pacquiao-Horn WBO welterweight bout will take place on July 2, at the Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Queensland.