Filipino superstar Manny Pacquiao
will win over the featherweight Mexican Jorge Solis on April 14,2007 to be
held at The Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas, USA.
Also scheduled in the card is Fil-American
Brian Viloria who will go up against Edgar Sosa for the vacant WBC light-flyweight
crown. Omar Nino, who has been stripped off the title due to banned substance
found in medical tests, will fight whoever wins this bout on April 14.
Solis, the latest in the series of Mexicans seeking the scalp of Manny Pacquiao,
is as dangerous as any of the touted fighters the Filipino boxing hero and
World Boxing Council International super featherweight titlist has traded
Jorge "Coloradito" Solis
looks fine, in featherweight division. He is a Mexican national featherweight
champion, he is undefeated at 32-0-2 with 23 KOs and his younger brother,
Ulises "Archie" Solis, is the IBF light flyweight champion. At 126
pounds, he is ranked #2 by the WBC, #4 WBO, #12 WBA and #13 IBF.
But Pacquiao -- After Pacquiao
watched a video of Solis’ last fight against Fernando Lizarraga on Jan.
25 -- seems ready to dismiss Solis as a worthy challenger. Pacquiao, according
to some accounts, did not even find it necessary to see the full five rounds
Solis took to beat Lizarraga on Jan. 25 in Las Vegas.
I don't know if he's
still good when he fights a top-of-the-line super featherweight in Pacquiao.
Some boxing pundits, including
two-time Trainer of the Year Freddie Roach, back Fortune’s fears. Roach
went on to say last month that Pacquiao should treat Solis “with caution.”
They also pointed out that, at 27, Solis is at his prime and based on his
unblemished record of 32 wins, 23 by way of knockout, and two draws, packs
In moving his departure from General Santos City for Los Angeles to March
17, Pacquiao, they said, will not be able to meet the standard eight-week
schedule required for a tough battle.
Roach, Pacquiao’s longtime trainer who is in Puerto Rico supervising
Oscar De La Hoya’s preparations for his May 5 bout against Floyd Mayweather
Jr., told veteran boxing analyst Ronnie Nathanielz in a phone conversation:
“It’s (Pacquiao-Solis) a dangerous fight. There is no such thing
as an easy fight.”
Consider, too, that at 5-foot-10 Solis towers over Pacquiao who is 5-6 1/2,
and has a longer reach.
Although his previous opponents were nowhere near the mold of countrymen and
Pacquiao victims like Erik Morales and Marco Antonio Barrera, Solis has built
a reputation to attract the attention of Top Rank honcho Bob Arum.
After all, Solis was Mexico’s super bantam champion in 2001 and featherweight
titlist since 2003.
At 16, Solis started his boxing career in his hometown of Guadalajara and
compiled an impressive 33-3 record as an amateur.
After bulking up his wiry frame, Solis, older brother of International Boxing
Federation light flyweight champion Ulises, turned pro on Feb. 6, 1998 and
made his mark right away by beating Bernardo Tule by technical knockout.
Thus far, his most recognizable opponent is current WBC intervening featherweight
champion Humberto Soto, whom he fought in 2004. After a clash of heads in
the first round, the fight was declared a no-contest in the third round.
Vulnerable at the
It is highly suspect also whether Solis, a natural at 126 pounds, can withstand
the power of Pacquiao’s punches, which have floored 34 of his 43 victims.
By moving up to the 130-lb division, Solis may be presumably brittle and is
likely to be vulnerable at the middle, which is one of Pacquiao’s favorite
targets apart from the head.
And, if investigation reports are true that he lacks footwork and does not
run much, then Solis should find himself in trouble once Pacquaio tags and
nails him at the corner.
That is if Pacquiao hits peak form in time for the pay-per-view spectacle
expected to rake in millions of dollars in revenues.
On the plus side, Solis is regarded as a thinking fighter with snapping jabs,
1-2-3 combinations and jarring rights. He is one who studies his opponents
thoroughly, their style and their power, and then adjusts as the fight wears
on. It’s unlikely, however, that he’s been hit by the same hammer
that Pacquiao have in both fists.