In a week that has seen Nobuhiro Ishida sparring a Heavyweight little should really surprise us as a boxing fans, though we've managed to some how find one such story.
Filipino sensation Manny Pacquiao (55-5-2, 38), who is seeking an opponent for an April fight date, has apparently been linked to unbeaten Cuban Yuriorkis Gamboa (23-0, 16).
Pacquiao, the most famous Asian fighter right now, is one the this generations great fighters. An offensive machine who has marched through the divisions taking titles in numerous weights between Flyweight and Light Middleweight. Although he is getting old at 35 he did look genuinely sensational last time out, defeating Brandon Rios in Macau.
Although Pacquiao has moved up the weights from 112lbs to 154lbs he is a naturally small Welterweight.
Gamboa, a former amateur standout, on the other hand is a fighter who started his professional career at Featherweight and although he has claimed interim titles at both Super Featherweight and Lightweight he is, at most, a natural Lightweight, if that. Like Pacquiao, he's an offensive machine who at is best is great fun to watch. Unfortunately as Gamboa has gone up in weight his excitement factor has dropped remarkably. He has gone from a wrecking ball at 126lbs to a cautious boxer-puncher at Lightweight and was actually dropped at Lightweight by Pacquiao's Filipino compatriot Michael Farenas in what proved to be a tough bout for Gamboa.
Whilst Gamboa's options are some what limited at Lightweight and Super Featherweight, it would seem, to us, suicidal for him to face Pacquiao, though the bout does seem to be a real possibility and one that would be fun for as long as it lasted.
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