of Clottey and Margarito, I personally did expect more from Manny.
I am one of his biggest supporters on this site. That said, I am going to be openly critical of him for taking this bout.
Arum has a product in Manny and he is going to look for the most money, the least amount of risk, the name recognition to market a bout and the easiest path to putting a fight together.
In Shane he has the perfect package.
Manny has unfinished business with Marquez.
If there is no Mayweather, THAT should be the bout he was pushing for.
By not and accepting what will be now the third consecutive bout in which the knowledgable fight people will be almost unanimous in picking Manny to win and decisively so, I think he's doing a disservice to the sport. I understand it is not his fault the Mayweather fight did not come off twice now. But can anyone here say with a straight face that Manny's contingency plans have included "the Next best thing" available?
Yes it is a business and I'm sure he doesn't give a hoot what I think he should do. But at the same time, I can certainly be openly critical of this selection of opponent.
Manny DOES have a say in opponent selection. He's simply not voicing it. Or maybe he is.
Either way, I don't have to like it. Fan of Manny's or not.