Marcos Maidana of Argentina
Marcos Maidana of Argentina is treated in his corner between rounds during his fight against WBC/WBA welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. of the U.S at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, September 13, 2014. Reuters

Even if the Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Manny Pacquiao doesn’t come to fruition in 2015 it appears there are many other fights, especially in the welterweight and light welterweight divisions, which, while doesn’t hold the same value as the much talked about super fight, still has some appeal to boxing fans.

One of those probable bouts is the pairing between Pacquiao and Marcos “Chino” Maidana of Argentina. Maidana’s trainer, Robert Garcia said in an interview that his ward is looking at the possibility of a fight with the Filipino champion.

“There are so many big fights out there for Chino. Keith Thurman is one of them. The rematch with Amir Khan. There are so many. If you ask Chino he wants to fight Manny Pacquiao,” Garcia said via “It’s all up to his management team to do something right, but there’re a lot of big fights out there.”

At this point in time, Maidana may not be even Pacquiao’s “Plan B” considering there are other more noteworthy fighters in the division. Aside from the obvious power pairing of Mayweather and Pacquiao, there’s also British boxer Amir Khan, who is coming off a convincing 12-round unanimous decision victory over American Devon Alexander.

READ ALSO: Manny Pacquiao's Next Fight: Ranking 6 Boxers Worthy Of A Shot At The Filipino (In Case Floyd Mayweather Jr. Runs Away Again)

Then there are the usual Pacquiao rivals like Timothy Bradley and even the ageing Mexican Juan Manuel Marquez, both of whom have proven to be a good challenge for Pacquiao. Other possible opponents for Pacquiao are Keith Thurman, Shawn Porter, Danny Garcia and Canelo Alvarez, albeit the last two in the lower/higher weight division.

Stylistically however, Maidana could be an appealing option for boxing fans because of his similar aggressive style with Pacquiao. Maidana is 35-5-0 and 31 of those wins came by way of knockout. Though Pacquiao hasn’t had a KO win in the last few years, the Filipino still holds a 57-5-2 record with 38 KOs in his career.

And if indeed Mayweather Jr. accepts the fight against Pacquiao on May 2, 2015, those same names can also be paired with Maidana, who remains one of the contenders in the division despite the pair of losses to Mayweather Jr. in his last two fights.