Barring some unforeseen circumstance, Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez will fight for a third time on November 12. It’s not Pacquiao-Floyd Mayweather, but we can live with this one.
ESPN.com was the first to report it on Tuesday.
But is it a fight that the boxing community wants to see? If you saw the first two fights between the two, then the answer should be a resounding yes. Granted, Pacquiao, now a welterweight, is bigger, stronger and faster than ever, the last time he lost on a judge’s scorecard was in his split decision victory over Marquez in 2008.
That’s seven straight fights in which Pacquiao has won on all three scorecards.
Marquez (52-5-1) could have major problems in this fight, because the last and only time he fought a welterweight he was dominated by Floyd Mayweather. That will naturally bring out the skeptics. That notwithstanding, Marquez was the last fighter to give Pacquiao (53-3-2) major problems.
Of course Pacquiao usually has to put on weight to hit 147, so it may not be a big a problem as some may think. The two will reportedly fight at a catch-weight of 144, which should appease at least a few of the critics.
The only caveat to this is Marquez’ fight with David Diaz set for July 2 in Mexico. A loss for Marquez means the fight with Pacquiao is off, according to ESPN.com’s interview with Top Rank boss Bob Arum.
This bout could have a big impact on a future fight between Pacquiao and Mayweather. Forget about the fact that Pacquiao could lose. Mayweather has collaborated with Golden Boy Promotions on his last few fights. And everyone knows Golden Boy and Top Rank have been at odds for a while.
The only reason the Pacquiao-Shane Mosley fight even happened was because Mosley left Golden Boy. It’s the same scenario with Marquez. Golden Boy declined its promotional option on Marquez’s next fight, which opened the door for a bout against Pacquiao.
What this tells us is Mayweather may have severe any promotional relationship he has with Golden Boy to step into the ring with Pacquiao. But money talks, especially in boxing. And the chance of a $100 million-plus purse and three million-plus in pay-per-view buys could be what brings the two promotional giants together.
At least we hope so.
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