Is Peter Manfredo Jr the perfect foil for Edison Miranda or visa versa?

peter manfredo jr.22.06.07 - By Ted Sares: The Pride of Providence is making a comeback after his poor showing against Joe Calzaghe in Cardiff, Wales in April. He has won two fights since then, but has not looked particularly impressive.

He stopped tough Ted Muller (19-10-2) in May and just this past week, beat tricky David Banks, 14-1-1 coming in, at Foxwoods. But against Banks, the less-than-ripped Manfredo seemed lethargic and very hittable. In fact, Banks had his way in the early going using Manfredoís head as a landing zone for his fast rights. However, Peterís body work finally slowed down the Portland (Oregon) native and enabled him to take the middle rounds, though his left eye was in danger of closing from round seven on. A late rally by Banks was not enough to pull it out.

I was not impressed. Manfredo lacked fire and looked to be somewhat out of shape. He talks the talk, but time will tell if he has the goods to back it up. Certainly, the Calzaghe disaster took no physical toll, as I didnít see many punches land in that one, and the ones that did were of the slap variety. No, I sense Peterís troubles might be in his head. While he has earned some very decent winnings in a relatively short career, he now will need to step up the competition if he is have opportunities to earn more. Manfredo needs to fight a Lacey, Green or Edison Miranda.

As for Miranda, his lack of technical skills was made transparent by the savage beating he took at the hands of heavy-handed Kelly Pavlik. He too needs to regain lost luster, and who better to gain it from than The Pride of Providence. Itís the perfect fight for two guys who are trying to bounce back. Can Manfredo, 28-4 (13 Kos) regain the fire and desire and fight like he did against Sergio Mora? And can ďPantera,Ē 28-2 (24 Kos) regroup and fight like he did against Willie Gibbs and Howard Eastman? A win for Manfredo puts him back in the mix. A win for Miranda restores much of the lost glamour.

There is only one problem with this crossroads scenario. The Manfredo I saw this week may have no answer for an opponent who moves in with a solid jab and a strong right. He seems to have forgotten how to jab and this leaves him wide open when he throws his telegraphed right leads. A guy with power in his right (and Pantera has plenty) will stop him in short order. Of course, if the Pavlik beating took more of a toll than meets the eye, Miranda may not have much left.

This is the fight I would like to see made, but I sense the Manfredo camp is too cautious. A battle with Jeff Lacey might make more sense assuming, of course, Lacey can come back. As for Green, there are rumors about his heath as well, so who knows if can be a viable player in this mix. Since both Green and Lacey rely heavily on their left hooks, they might present a better style match-up for Manfredo, but I still prefer Miranda.

Come on Pantera, come on Manfredo, letís see what you got. Letís get it on.

Article posted on 23.06.2007

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