Sunday, 15 May 2011

Pacquiao not keen on 9th world title

Posted by chardyboy on Sunday, May 15, 2011 0 comments

source: Roy Luarca

or now, Manny Pacquiao has no intention of moving up another weight class and seeking a ninth world crown.

Interviewed on a talk show yesterday upon his arrival from Los Angeles, Pacquiao said his unprecedented eight division titles are enough.

Pacquiao dominated a backtracking Shane Mosley Saturday night in Las Vegas (Sunday in Manila) to post a lopsided unanimous decision and remain WBO welterweight king.

Barring any hitches, World Boxing Council and World Boxing Association lightweight champion Juan Manuel Marquez will be Pacquiao’s next opponent on Nov. 12.

The race, however, is wide open for the Fighter of the Decade’s first bout next year.

Among the leading candidates are former pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather Jr., if ever he drops his Olympic-style blood-testing demand, and middleweight champion Sergio Martinez, who has expressed desire to tangle with Pacquiao.

Though Hall-of-Fame promoter Bob Arum believes Pacquiao can beat Martinez, the 79-year-old lawyer isn’t inclined to pursue the bout due to the “ridiculous” weight difference of over 20 pounds on fight night.

Pacquiao was around 149 pounds when he battled Mosley, while Martinez normally exceeds 170 pounds in his fights.


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