x Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 27 July 2017

Pacquiao vs ... ?

Pacquiao v Clottey was scheduled after plans to fight Mayweather broke down - a fight that the UAE should throw its hat in the ring to host. The best match-up, in the prime location? Let's get ready to rumble.

Manny Pacquiao seems to be in a class of his own. Although his most recent opponent, the Ghanaian Joshua Clottey, endured a full 12 rounds with him on Saturday night, the crowd at Cowboys Stadium in Texas must have known the outcome well before the final bell. Pacquiao won by unanimous decision and stretched his winning streak to 12 consecutive victories. He is less assured of a victory in a different ring come May. The boxer is contesting provincial elections in his home province in the Philippines, where his popularity has not yet led to a drubbing of his political opponents. Perhaps he should focus on the final challenge that awaits him. There is one man who can stand up to the "Pacman" - or, at least, who says he can. Floyd Mayweather also claims to be the best pound-for-pound boxer in the sport today. Pacquiao v Clottey was scheduled after plans to fight Mayweather broke down - a fight that the UAE should throw its hat in the ring to host. The best match-up, in the prime location? Let's get ready to rumble.