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Manny Pacquiao’s Next Fight Will Be Against Floyd Mayweather, Not Lucas Matthysse

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There is a natural tendency to overreact whenever something big happens in boxing. When Manny Pacquiao lost to Juan Manuel Marquez via that brutal knockout, he was going to retire. When Timothy Bradley defeated Ruslan Provodnikov in that epic brawl, he was next in line to fight Floyd Mayweather Jr. And so on and so forth.

The same thing is happening now, on the heels of Lucas Matthysse’s dominant showing versus Lamont Peterson. In the aftermath of the Argentine star dropping Peterson three times in three rounds en route to easy victory, people began labeling him the next Manny Pacquiao. In response, he said this: "I feel very happy that people are comparing me to Manny Pacquiao. But what I really want to do is fight him."

Naturally, as soon as he said that, folks began mapping out the apparently now inevitable showdown between Pacquiao and Matthysse. There’s just one problem with that: It won’t happen. Not any time soon, at least.

Pacquiao’s next fight is against Brandon Rios this November. Matthysse, for his next trick, will likely take on Danny Garcia. The only way their paths will cross at any point in the foreseeable future is if they meet in early 2014. Some are suggesting that’s possible; others, however, are holding out hope for a Floyd Mayweather versus Pacquiao showdown in early-to-mid 2014.

Mayweather will either be coming off a September fight or an extended break at that point, and Pacquiao will either be coming off a win over Rios or retired. One way or another, if there’s a match to be made, that’s the one all involved will be interested in. It would net them more money, garner more hype and result in more dramatic impacts on their legacies than the alternative.

As far as Matthysse – he’s still only 30. He has plenty of time to climb boxing’s pound-for-pound charts. He should be more concerned with doing that than fighting name brand guys who are past their primes.

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