MANNY PACQUIAO feels insulted to be offered a fight against Mike Alvarado on the undercard to Jeff Horn vs. Terrence Crawford. I can quite understand that considering all the Pacquiao has achieved but what other options are there out there for him. He is talking about fighting Lucas Matthysse in Kuala Lumpur on April 29 or May 5 which is feasible but probably tougher than Alvarado. Pacquiao really needs to be thinking of how he wants to end his career he needs to remember how Floyd Mayweather went out with a whimper fighting Andre Berto so let’s hope he has a better plan than that.
In the World Boxing Super Series it is two down and one to go. We now know who will be the finalists in the WBSS cruiser final and we almost know who will be in the super-middle final. The decision on the super-middles will depend on a medical report on George Groves shoulder injury. Hopefully there will be a concession available to put the super-middle final date back if necessary to allow Groves to compete but there will be TV dates and other financial considerations. It had been said that if Groves could not fight then Chris Eubank Jr would take his place but the bad gash suffered by Eubank must also make him doubtful for the final. If he is not available then I am not sure who would step in but it would have to be stronger opponent than Nieky Holzken. The Dutchman gave a good account of himself but was never a danger to Smith. I would hate to think that Sauerland would look to slip in Juergen Brahmer but don’t rule that out. Subject to it being Smith vs.Groves and Olek Usyk vs. Murat Gassiev then the WBSS could count itself as a 100% successful on its selection of participants as these are the pairings that most people wanted and expected to be in the finals. I am sure there were others that the WBSS would have liked to pick but not everyone was willing to hand their fighters over to the WBSS. One thing you can be sure about is that when the smoke clears the sanctioning bodies will already be looking for ways to split the titles again.