The auditions are over, the field is set. Over the past two weeks, fighters have been submitting their metaphorical resumes to Top Rank promoter Bob Arum with performances in the ring (Sergio Martinez, Juan Manuel Marquez, Andre Berto) and out (Shane Mosley).
Each has an eye on the same prize: a superfight with Manny Pacquiao, which brings worldwide recognition and a $5-million-plus payday.
Arum says he hopes to pick an opponent for Pacquiao by mid-December. So which would be suitor has separated from the pack (presuming that runaway preferred choice Floyd Mayweather is a dead end)? Let's take a look at the candidates:
Pacquiao's wrong, too, when he says there isn't much of an audience for a third Marquez fight. Marquez is the face of Mexican boxing and a much bigger star than Antonio Margarito, whom Pacquiao demolished earlier this month. There is good,
There are cooler heads on both sides: Top Rank executives Todd DuBoef and Carl Moretti, Golden Boy's Eric Gomez. But in the end Schaefer, De La Hoya and Arum have to be on the same page, something that doesn't happen very often.