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Manny Pacquiao vs Yuri Foreman

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Way before the envisioned Pacquiao vs Mayweather fight, it was originally agreed by Manny Pacquiao that he is willing to fight against Yuri Foreman. In a news report from Philippine Star, according to the business manager of Pacquiao, Eric Pineda, the best pound for pound boxer already expressed his interest and agreed to fight Yuri Foreman.

These were the exact words stated in the news report regarding Pacquiao’s next possible fight – “Pumayag na siya labanan si Yuri (He has agreed to fight Yuri). But all these were swept aside when the Mayweather fight came up like it was a sure thing,”.

Yuri Foreman is an unbeaten fighter too and at the same time, he carries a pride of being a former Golden Gloves champion. His ring record stands at 29 – 0 (with one no-contest). Should Pacquiao ever decide to fight this man, he could be out for his best world record of an eighth world title win over a long list of eight different weight divisions.

The only question is with the height of Yuri Foreman at 5’11” and Manny Pacquiao’s 5’7″, a Pacquiao vs Foreman ticket sale would be less attractive to boxing fans compared to the unbeaten former champion that will sell Pacquiao vs Mayweather tickets. There are other offers like a Pacquiao vs Malignaggi as well as Tim Bradley or even Sugar Shane Mosley.

Pacquiao’s camp wanted to fight in March according to reports and in my personal opinion, this will be part of the plan because Manny is known to run for government position in Saranggani Province in the Philippines in May. This is based on a statement from trainer Freddie Roach, according to reports.

The fight with Mayweather, which fell off as quick as it took off, appears to be out of the picture now, following a dispute in the drug-testing procedure to be observed by both camps. Pacquiao’s promoter, Bob Arum, said it’s Mayweather’s way only out of the fight.

The names of Malignaggi, Bradley, Mosley and Foreman came up as Pacquiao’s possible opponent on March 13 if the reigning pound-for-pound champion, seeking a congressional seat in the May 2010 elections in the Philippines, decides to push through with the date. Let’s just see what happens come 2010 January.


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