Monday, November 30, 2009

Paul Williams open to Pacquiao or Mayweather clash

With the first cracks in the foundation of a much anticipated bout between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather appearing today in the boxing media, another welterweight - of sorts - threw his hat into the Mayweather - Pacquiao derby last night.

During an appearance on The Boxing Truth Radio, Paul "The Punisher" Williams made it very clear that though his Saturday night fight with Sergio Martinez is at a weight of 160 pounds, he can 1) make the 147 pound limit to once again fight as a welterweight and 2) is open to fighting both Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather.

With trainer Freddie Roach announcing today that Manny Pacquiao may go for an 8th meaningless title in an 8th convoluted division against Yuri Foreman - an idea which I floated the very night of Pacquiao's impressive lashing of Miguel Cotto - and reports of Pacquiao more interested in running for Congress in his native land than boxing, one of the most lucrative bouts in the last ten years has started to look more like pie in the sky than meat and potatoes.

Meanwhile, a man who vagabonds between 147 pounds and 160, with no true home and no big boxing names calling him outs, looks to keep his options open.

Will Floyd or Manny fight the 6'1" freak of nature from Aiken, South Carolina? Not likely, as Williams presents a challenge few could over come, much less men who originally patrolled the super featherweight division.

Remember, before Shane Mosley and the case of the plastered mitts, Williams tamed a once ferocious lion called Margarito.

Williams vs. Pacquiao, or Mayweather is the stuff of barber shop discussion from South Los Angeles to Harlem, New York - a useless but entertaining discussion in what could be, but it is nice to hear a modern boxer open to fighting anyone, anywhere and truly mean it.

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