It’s still a month away from Manny Pacquiao’s superfight with Ricky Hatton yet Top Rank chief Bob Arum has already named another possible opponent for the Filipino boxing superstar.
In a report posted on Sesanta.com, Arum named Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. of Mexico as one of Pacquiao’s possible opponents after the Filipino’s May 2 showdown against Hatton in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Arum is reportedly banking on a “Mexico vs. Philippines” scenario in pitting Pacquiao against Chavez, who successfully defended his World Boxing Council (WBC) junior middleweight title against Luciano Leonel Cuello Saturday (Sunday in Manila).
Chavez is the son and namesake of Mexican boxing great Julio Cesar Chavez, who waged wars against the likes of Oscar de la Hoya, Hector “Macho” Camacho and Pernell Whitaker.
Months earlier, Arum announced the possibility of matching Pacquiao against World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight champion Miguel Cotto.
‘Bad for Pacquiao’
Boxing analyst Ronnie Nathanielsz, meanwhile, said the Pacquiao-Chavez match-up is just “pushing it too far”.
Nathanielsz said Chavez is a different case compared to de la Hoya, whom Pacquiao beat at the 147-pound division.
Unlike de la Hoya, Chavez stands 6-feet tall with a 73-inch reach and weighs 154 pounds.
“Unang-una, masyado malaki si Chavez para kay Pacquiao. Sa height palang malaki, tapos yung reach malaki din. Pati yung bigat ni Chavez masyadong mabigat na ‘yun para kay Manny. We all had our doubts with Manny going up to 147 to face de la Hoya, how can he go up even further to 154?” said the analyst.
Pacquiao stands 5'6” with a 67-inch reach.
Nathanielsz said Pacquiao has nothing much to gain in fighting Chavez.
“Win or lose, this will definitely boost Chavez's career, actually more so if he wins,” he said. -- With a report from TJ Manotoc, ABS-CBN News