The only lingering memory I have of former welterweight champion Kermit Cintron (32-3, 28 KOs) is when he got felled by a stinging left hook to the body by Antonio Margarito (38-7, 28 KOs) in what would be Cintron’s latest title fight, his third defense of the IBF welterweight crown over three years ago. Since then,it has been an unremarkable comeback for the still young boxer, with his last outing resembling an unsightly technical decision loss to Paul Williams.
Now, considering Cintron’s record and his achievements and misses, it woud be hard to ignore him from the boxing landscape, especially if you are looking at the rosters that fill the welterweight to middleweight divisions. A rematch with Paul Williams or a third encounter with Antonio Margarito or even a clash with Miguel Cotto can be easily justified. (Margarito and Cotto are now scheduled for a rematch in November)
But pitting him against Manny Pacquiao, the best fighter in the world today, is a seemingly highly ambitious plot, even for the casual boxing fans. For one, Cintron needs to re-validate himself after losing to Williams nearly a year ago. Two, Cintron is way out of Pacquiao’s league. And three, the boxing world deserves a Pacquiao fight with the opposition named Floyd Mayweather.
I don’t see Cintron as a has-been, washed-up fighter. On the contrary, Cintron still has so many left in the tank and he could probably regain the opportunity to fight in a world title match and win a major world crown in the process. With so many names in the 147-160 pound limits, Arum can just pick a name to match Cintron with.
Pitting a comebacking Cintron with former welterweight champon Joshua Clottey or current light middleweight titleholder Cornelius Bundrage would be a more accepted deal than a shot at the Pacman. The business side of boxing promotions would say that a Pacquiao-Cintron fight is a sure moneymaker for Top Rank and Uncle Bob. But fans have a breaking point too, even if it’s a Pacquiao fight.
Pacquiao-Cintron in the future? I don’t think so. At this point, Cintron needs to reestablish himself and cover lost ground. But even if he does, he is still way below Pacquiao’s grade to be even considered. Way below.