The proposed alternative match between Manny Pacquiao and Yuri Foreman could be a mismatch due mainly to the natural physical superiority of Foreman over Pacquiao. If the fight pushes through, it will be another version of David and Goliath.
Pacquiao’s promoter Bob Arum has backtracked on the next possible alternative opponent of the popular Filipino boxer. Instead of signing up with Paulie Malignaggi, his first choice as a substitute opponent in case the negotiation for the Pacquiao-Mayweather match is aborted, he now sings a different tune. This time Arum is ganging on Yuri Foreman, an Israeli immigrant boxer who is now based in New York
By simply looking at the boxers’ physical statistics, it is quite evident that Foreman is way up in terms of height, reach and weight .
Foreman towers over Pacquiao at 5’11, an inch closer to being a six-footer, he also has a reach advantage and a larger over-all built superiority. Pacquiao stands half an inch over 5’6″.
Although Pacquiao has conquered a few boxers who are physically superior in overall built, Foreman is much more superior than the other boxers that the pound-for-pound king had engaged during his last three fights.
Yuri Foreman is currently fighting in the junior middleweight category, two notches away from Pacquiao’s welterweight level which means that Pacquaio must add more to his current fighting weight to match the Junior middleweight minimum weight requirement.
Unless Foreman agrees to fight Pacquiao in the welterweight level, the projected match up will be considered a mismatch and Pacquiao may just add another loss to his negative losing record.
Foreman was born in Gomel, Belarus. He started boxing at age 7 in Belarus, which at that time was part of the Soviet Union. At age 9 he immigrated with his family to Israel.He later moved to New York where he started his professional boxing career in 2002 after winning the New York Golden Gloves. Foreman has an unblemished professional boxing record.