source: Nick Giongco | The Manila Bulletin
MANILA, Philippines — Manny Pacquiao's reign of terror will come to an end when he finally meets Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Although the super fight is far from being a done deal, Oscar De La Hoya, whose promotional outfit Golden Boy Promotions represents Mayweather, told the Mexican media over the weekend that Mayweather has what it takes not only to beat the Filipino phenom but knock him out as well.
De La Hoya said that while "Juan Manuel Marquez is a great fighter, Mayweather has the style to beat Pacquiao and win by knockout."
Marquez put on a gallant stand against Pacquiao when they fought for the third time last Nov. 12 in Las Vegas and many in attendance thought that the Mexican had done enough to earn the decision. The judges scored it a majority decision.
De La Hoya has put the date May 5. 2012 on hold as he intends to make a deal involving Mayweather and Pacquiao even if he feels that Top Rank chief Bob Arum doesn't want the fight to happen.
Arum is pushing for a fourth fight between Pacquiao and Marquez "to find a definitive winner" as the two had battled tooth and nail in their previous encounters.
Nothing has been discussed the past few weeks since Arum is busy attending to the upcoming Dec. 3 showdown between Miguel Cotto and Antonio Margarito but said that he will start talking about Pacquiao's future after the fight.
Pacquiao, upon his return in General Santos City, told local mediamen there that he is keen in striking a deal for a Mayweather fight although he had assured Marquez that he is also interested in giving his 38-year-old archrival another chance.
Efforts to pair Pacquiao and Maywetaher have failed twice owing to the touchy issue of random blood testing and revenue sharing.
Arum said the issue of blood testing has already been resolved and that there are no more obstacles to having the fight made for next year.
Mayweather has a long-standing feud with Arum, who once promoted him and their differences could make it extra-difficult for an agreement to be reached.