The Neutral Corner presents its fight wish list for 2013.
Floyd Mayweather (40-0) vs. Anyone: We want to see Mayweather fight anyone at this point. We know the “Money” man is very particular about who he fights and when, but its time he starts to justify why fans need to wait forever between fights. Manny Pacquiao, Canelo Alvarez and Tim Bradley are just a few of the several fighters we’d like to see Mayweather step into the ring against. For now, it appears as if we’ll have to settle for Robert Guerrero.
Manny Pacquiao (54-5-2) vs. Floyd Mayweather (43-0): This fight has lost its luster, but it would still be worth the price of admission/PPV just because both fighters will treat it as if it were his last bout.
Canelo Alvarez (41-0-1) vs. Sergio Martinez (50-2-2): Martinez, who's been hovering around middleweight, might be a little too big for Alvarez. But this is a fight that would draw a lot of eyes. It could be a great fight for the Home Depot Center.
Adrien Broner (25-0) vs. Amir Khan (27-3): Broner is set to fight a decent opponent in Gavin Rees on February 16 in Atlantic City. After that he’s set to fight on May 4th at the MGM Grand on the undercard of a big card. Would it be too much ask for that opponent to be Amir Khan? Broner, who figures to beat Rees, needs to justify his gaudy record.
Nonito Donaire (31-1) vs. Abner Mares (25-0-1): Can this fight finally happen? Please? You have the WBO super bantamweight champion in Donaire against the WBC champ in Mares. What’s wrong a little unification here?
Brandon Rios (31-0) vs. Yuriorkis Gamboa (22-0): Yes, we know Gamboa pulled out of this fight, but it still should happen. To be fair, Rios might be too big for Gamboa right now. But that still doesn’t mean it can’t happen later in 2013.
Austin Trout (26-0) vs. Anyone at 154 who’s willing to step up: Trout came out of nowhere to beat Miguel Cotto. Unfortunately when it comes to boxing, that means a lot of ducking and dodging is sure to follow.
Andre Ward (26-0) vs. Kelly Pavlik (40-2): It’s a shame this fight was canceled. But we still would like to see it. Ward is regarded by many as the top pound-for-pound fighter in the world. Pavlik seems to be on his way back to normal. At 30 years of age, there’s no reason to think Pavlik can’t salvage what was once a promising career.
Deontay Wilder (26-0) vs. Any legit heavyweight challenger: Wilder has 26 wins, all by knockout. Need we say more? We need to know if his incredible fight to knockout ratio is for real or a mirage. Steve Cunningham, Tomasz Adamek, Seth Mitchell, Bryant Jennings, Chris Arreola, etc… You fill in the blanks.
For all of you NY Metro-area fans, here are a few bouts we’d love to see.
Paulie Malignaggi vs. Zab Judah: This would be an all-Brooklyn brawl.
Paulie Malignaggi vs. Dmitriy Salita: See above.
Zab Judah vs. Dmitriy Salita: See above.
Sean Monaghan vs. Will Rosinsky: Long Island vs. Queens.