How close is Mike Jones to a Pacquiao matchup?
The Boxing World is buzzing about this Saturday’s Cotto vs. Margarito matchup, but a lot of eyes will also be on the rest of the PPV card as Philadelphia’s Mike Jones takes to the ring against Argentinean Sebastian Lujan for the WBO NABO and NABA welterweight titles.
Jones (25-0, 19 KO’s) has been often speculated as a future opponent for Manny Pacquiao on the strength of his raw power, unblemished record, and of course his affiliation with Bob Arum and Top Rank.
Madison Square Garden will be rocking as Jones will be looking to stop Lujan and get a coveted shot at Randall Bailey for Andre Berto’s vacated IBF title.
At 6’0” with a 72” reach, 28 year old Jones has matured well and has kept busy; this will be his third fight in 2011, and he will again benefit from the television exposure of the Cotto vs. Margarito festivities. As more eyes see Jones and as his win streak continues, how much longer can he be left out of the Pacquiao sweepstakes? Right now, everything is on hold as Pacquiao is looking to face Floyd Mayweather Jr. on May 5th, but until that is a done deal the speculation will continue. If Jones is looking to showcase his skills it may be a long night for Sebastian Lujan Saturday……and rest assured that the Pac-Man will be intently watching as well.