Monday, September 14, 2009
Manny Pacquiao’s promoter Bob Arum may have labelled MMA “a load of garbage” this week, yet the man he promotes is rated by the head of the WEC Reed Harris as a superb fighter, who would have made a wonderful mixed martial artist, if he had decided to train in the sport.
“There are some really talented lighter weight fighters in the sport of boxing,” WEC General Manager and founder Reed Harris said. “With someone as athletically-gifted as Manny Pacquiao, there’s no telling how well he could do if he cross-trained in MMA. WEC is the home of the best light weight fighters in the world. Guys like Ricky Hatton, Manny Pacquiao, and Amir Khan are among the best lighter weight fighters in boxing. It would be interesting to see how they’d fare in WEC.”
It is well-documented that one of Pacquiao’s sporting heroes is Bruce Lee, and of course, the two men are of very similar physical stature. Who knows, perhaps one day Pacquiao could cross over and fight in the WEC ?
Meanwhile, it is good to hear that those neutrals around Pacquiao’s press tour see him as focused on his fight with Miguel Cotto in Las Vegas on November 14.
Nick Giongco, the highly-regarded Filipino boxing writer told me: “Manny looks determined to win against Cotto. He remains motivated and I even informed him that Puerto Ricans rarely lose to Filipinos in world title fights and he was a bit intrigued. Manny remains a hungry fighter.” The media cavalcade arrived in San Juan 24 hours ago, where Pacquiao was mobbed at the hotel lobby. The six-weight world champion’s popularity appears to know no bounds.