Manny Pacquiao may fight Yuri Foreman before Mayweather
Every boxing fan would want to see Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. in the same ring but it may not happen until September 2010. According to reports, Freddie Roach has new plans for his fighter to go up yet another weight class and vie for the eighth world title in eight weight divisions.
PacMan could face Israel’s Yuri Foreman ahead of his super-fight with Mayweather. The renowned boxing trainer said that Team Pacquiao is looking at the possibility of a March 2010 showdown with Foreman–an aspiring rabbi who snagged the 154-lb strap with a unanimous decision over Daniel Santos in the undercard of Manny’s blockbuster clash with Miguel Cotto.
Negotiations between Pacquiao and Mayweather camps are underway, but Freddie has accused Mayweather’s party of stalling on negotiations and is considering an earlier bout for the Filipino sensation against WBA light-middleweight champion Foreman.
“We want to fight in March and we don’t really want to wait,” he said.
“Yuri Foreman might be the opponent. It is a possibility, and then Mayweather in September. If they guarantee me that, we’ll do that, but I need more of a commitment from Mayweather because he’s not negotiating too well,” Sky Sports quoted Roach as saying.
The idea behind the Pacquiao-Foreman fight is due to PacMan’s political ambitions. Manny will run for congress in Sarangani, Philippines in May next year and will be very busy in the campaign come March.