With Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao just around the corner, is it too early to speculate who the fighters will face next should there be no rematch?
Pacquiao has stated he'll have at least two more bouts before retiring, and his next opponent will may largely depend on what happens next Saturday.
If Golden Boy Promotions founder Oscar De La Hoya gets his wish, elite-level jr welterweight Lucas Matthysse will be next for Pac-Man.
Last week on HBO, Lucas Matthysse (36-3, 34 KOs) and Ruslan Provodnikov (24-3, 17 KOs) electrified viewers, delivering the blockbuster fans were hoping for. In the end, Matthysse won a razor-thin majority decision by the scores of 114-114, and 115-113 (twice).
Was the performance strong enough to catapult Matthysse into a Manny Pacquiao superfight?
"I believe Lucas Matthysse should be fighting the likes of Manny Pacquiao," De La Hoya told BoxingScene. "He has no problem making 147."
"Lucas Matthysse has the talent and power and excitement to go up against anybody."
Pacquiao vs Matthysse: Why it's a possibility for November/December 2015
- Both men fight on HBO so there is no network obstacle
- Unlike Chris Algieri, PacMan's most recent opponent, Lucas is an exciting, highly-offensive crowd-pleaser
- Lucas is believed to be in his prime and has a reputation as one of the hardest punchers in boxing, pound for pound
- Aside from an improbable Mayweather rematch and a fifth bout with Juan Manuel Marquez, there aren't many available familiar names left. Amir Khan, Adrien Broner, Danny Garcia, Lamont Peterson, Keith Thurman and Shawn Porter are aligned with Al Haymon's Premier Boxing Champions thus adding a few obstacles for a big showdown with Manny.
- After facing much taller opponents in Mayweather, Rios and Algieri, trainer Freddie Roach and Manny may view a Matthysse, a slightly shorter fighter with a limited reach, easy pickins.
- Matthysse, today, is more popular among fight fans than recent previous Pacquiao opponents Rios, Algieri and, perhaps, even Tim Bradley
- Lucas' showdown with Provodnikov was a ratings success garnering 1.243 million viewing households and peaking at 1.38 million.
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