KEY POINTS

  • Manny Pacquiao won both his fights in 2019 in spectacular fashion
  • His last fight against Keith Thurman showed that his quickness is still there
  • Fans are clamoring for a Pacquiao-Mayweather rematch

Boxing legend Manny Pacquiao may not be getting any younger but his performance in his fights last year, he is showing that he is not slowing down.

Fulfilling his duties as a senator in the Philippines, the 41-year old boxer provided quality boxing in two of his fights in 2019 against Adrien Broner and erstwhile undefeated Keith Thurman.

Reports from CBS Sports listed some names for Pacquiao’s possible opponent in 2020.

Errol Spence, Jr. is coming off a split-decision victory over Shawn Porter when the two their slugfest on September 28 last year at Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA. The fight was even considered to be a Fight of the Year candidate as both boxers went toe-to-toe before Spence, Jr. landed a left hook to the jaw with just a minute left in the 11th round. The victory gave “The Truth” his 25th victory on the same number of fights. However, he was involved in a car accident, where he was found out to be drunk driving and not wearing a helmet. He said that he wants to get back to the ring against big names and Pacquiao could be the guy he is looking for.

Danny Garcia is scheduled to fight Ukrainian Ivan Reckach on January 25 at the Barclays Center in New York and has expressed his desire of fighting the Filipino fighter should he beat Redkach. In terms of style, Garcia might have a hard time keeping up with quick boxers and Pacquiao, a known speedster, may give him a fight of his life. Garcia, 35-2-0, is a crowd-drawer and a match with the future hall-of-famer could give him his highest paycheck.

Shawn Porter may have lost his last fight against Spence but he has proven that he’s one of the toughest boxers in the division. He is an aggressive fighter and those are the kinds of fighters that the eight-division champion is asking for. If Pacquiao is looking for an action-packed fight, the 30-3-1-17 KO Porter could be that guy.

The undefeated 36-0, 27 KOs Terence Crawford’s pound-for-pound credentials can give Pacquiao a run for his money and with the promotion that ESPN is giving him, the long-overdue face-off between the two is a big possibility, both for the love of the game and for the money. He’s won over Egidijus Kavaliauskas of Lithuania on December 14 via Round 9 TKO, which says a lot about his power.

Floyd Mayweather, Jr. has come out of retirement and is looking to fight both in boxing and in MMA. While there are swirling rumors about his possible MMA opponent like Conor McGregor, if he’s coming back to get more money to the bank, a fight with Pacquiao could be the answer to his prayers. The two fought in 2015 but was met with controversies and the fans aren’t satisfied with what they’ve seen – and a rematch can subside the thirst of boxing fans to quality boxing.