By Freddy Fresco
If Manny Pacquiao decides to comeback to boxing, I think the perfect opponent for him would be loudmouth Paulie Malignaggi. It’s the best fight to make to see where Pacquiao is at after his shoulder surgery, because Paulie hates Pacquiao with a passion and Manny needs someone like that to bring back the fire and make him want to hurt someone again.
When Floyd Mayweather finally accepted the fight with Pacquiao, everyone thought he would do what he did on Ustream and social media for years, which was talk trash to Pacquiao and insult him to his face. The opposite happened and Floyd took the high road and did nothing but praise Manny and remained silent during stare downs. I believe Floyd did this because he didn’t want to give Pacquiao any extra motivation to bring back the destroyer, so he used a bit of psychological tactics by befriending and respecting Pacquiao before the fight so Pacquiao would go easy on him, and it worked.
Malignaggi will not hold his tongue, he will actually talk trash and insult Manny to his face, something we have yet to see him experience from his previous opponents. This would be new territory for Pacquiao, we will get to see how he handles someone who gets in his face and constantly insults him and his accomplishments.
A Pacquiao vs. Malignaggi fight would be filled with drama, the build up and hype would spark some interest to make it a decent Pay-Per-View event, plus the fans would finally get to see if Malignaggi gets his comeuppance for talking all that trash about Manny for years.