Manny Pacquiao Would Have 'No Problem' Fighting Devon Alexander
Alexander (21-0, 13 knockouts) and the 27-year-old Bradley (26-0, 11 KOs) will meet at the Pontiac Silverdome in Pontiac Mich., after which the 32-year-old Pacquiao (52-3-2, 38 KOs), holder of the WBC's junior middleweight (154 pounds) crown, will defend his WBO welterweight (147 pounds) title against 39-year-old, three-division, five-time champion, Shane Mosley, in a Showtime pay per view televised match up that is being promoted by Top Rank Promotions.
In a recent interview with FanHouse, Alexander's promoter, Don King, said that if Alexander defeats Bradley, he would pursue bouts for the unbeaten champion opposite six-time titlist Floyd Mayweather (41-0, 25 KOs), or, Pacquiao.
"Devon Alexander is a Jewel of The Nile and he will be there shining brilliantly," said King.
"When he wins this fight on Jan. 29, then he will be able to stand tall and to say, 'Let's do it,'" said King. "So, categorically, we will jump through a hoop to get to Manny Pacquiao. That would be another Thrilla in Manila."
Pacquiao reacted to King's statement on BoxingScene.com.
"I have no problem with fighting anybody," said Pacquiao to Ronnie Nathanielsz of BoxingScene.com "If we need to give them a chance to fight me, it's okay, because if you are a real champion, a real fighter you don't pick and choose your opponents."
Pacquiao, however, has taken criticism from fighters such as Bernard Hopkins for not having faced top notch African American fighters such as Alexander, Bradley, Mayweather, former world champion Zab Judah, and, WBC welterweight king Andre Berto.
Pacquiao's promoter, Bob Arum, CEO of Top Rank Promotions, acknowledged that fighters such as those could be troublesome to Pacquiao.
"Bernard Hopkins took some criticism for saying what he said, but Hopkins is a good student of the game. It's not any racist kind of thing that he's saying," Arum told FanHouse. "It's just that the African-American style that we all know -- and, even though not every African-American fights that style -- but the African-American style is a distinct style."
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