I'm not convinced with the matchmaking argument for a couple reasons:
1. He was faced pitted against JMM, the fighter that his given him the most trouble over and over again. If there was really an effort to pad his record with easy fights, he would not have been matched against JMM, someone who has proved to give him trouble fight after fight.
2. The alternative fights he could have taken are just as open if not more open to critisism from people looking to find fault. Could you provide some examples of fighters Pacquiao maybe ducked instead of fighting the people he fought? When he fought hatton should he have fought Malinaggi instead? Or when he fought cotto, should he have fought clottey or bradley instead at that time? The alternatives I hear being thrown around are very weak arguements that Pacquiao took an easy matchmaker paved road.
Consider this, with any of the alternative fights you suggest manny should have fought, would there be any possibility that those people would get discredited as good "matchmaking" fights as well?
3. The whole leftover argument is weak. Everyone is someones leftover, and if credit is only reserved for fighters who beat undefeated fighters, then by that standard, Ali, SRR, SRL, Duran, and all the other greats shouldn't get much credit since they all fought peoples leftovers. Consider this: ODLH was a hopkins leftover, Zab was a baldomir leftover, cotto was a pacquiao leftover, Jose Luis Castillio was an Alvarez leftover and the list goes on. Fighting someone who has a loss, does not make that fight any less challenging.
THe leftover crap was started by Floid and his Flomos just took off with it .
Funny thing about flomos is they even talk like Floid.
Shane Mosley was Viper's leftover. TWICE.
Ortiz was Maidana's leftover.
Cotto was Pac's leftover.
Those 3 fought Floidy and have had zero wins since. Were they in prime when they fought Floidy ? He didn't exactly beat them up worse than the guys who beat them before.
Zab was KT's chicken dance leftover.
Baldomir was a bum with some 11 losses before fighting Floidy.
Floidy wasn't too thrilled to fight Margarito and Cotto, was he.
Wait, different promoters excuse. Wait, that only applies to Pac. Wait...
Fact is, Hopkins and Pac are probably the only two champions the last decade who won multiple titles on the road as underdogs .
Pac beating Sasakul in Thailand and MAB in Texas would be equal to Floidy going to Argentina to fight Martinez. Hell, I don't think Floidy would be some some 6-1 underdog against Martinez.
The Oscar fight and these day after geniuses have all these excuse for Oscar. Who da fkk was the heavy underdog before the fight ? Pac was some 3-1 underdog and ALL HATERS picked Oscar to win . Even after the weigh-in.
The Ricky Hatton wasn't so great debate is bull kaka . He was 45-1 and the only other notable at 140 then was Bradley. Remember the Naomi Campbell whining Pac ducked me , bullcrap ? Neither one would have survived the prime Pac at 140.
MAB, Morales, JMM and Cotto all won belts AFTER Pac beat them.
Haters want people to forget that fact. All four will likely make it to the hall of fame. How many future hall of famers has Pac KD'd and KO'd ?
4 lineal belts ?