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Pacquiao, Marquez, Mayweather: What's next?

Was Manny Pacquiao’s majority-decision win over Juan Manuel Marquez a bit on the controversial side? Of course it was. But aren’t most big prize fights? Marquez seemed to take the foot off a gas pedal in the 11th and 12th, which cost him big time as the judges scored the bout 114-114, 115-113, 116-112.

What it means? The fight doesn’t mean anything if Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather still don’t make a deal. Mayweather announced recently that he will fight in May. That was a bit out of the norm for Mayweather, who hasn’t fought on a consistent basis in several years. But the fact that he's talking about fighting is good news.

Boxing fans are hoping the May bout will be against Pacquiao. It could be, but you never know these days. If it isn’t, there are several opponents Mayweather can choose from, including Tim Bradley, who scored an easy win over Joel Casamayor. Amir Khan is an option if he can get by Lamont Peterson in December. Here’s another name: Devon Alexander. Sure, Alexander struggled against Bradley last January, but he’s since moved up to welterweight and would be an interesting opponent for Mayweather.

Andre Berto could also be an opponent if he can secure a rematch with Victor Ortiz and beat him. Those are two big "Ifs" for Berto.

As for Pacquiao, if he doesn’t fight Mayweather, he’ll also have his choice of opponents. He could fight Khan, Bradley or perhaps go back to the well and fight Miguel Cotto again. Cotto has to get by Margarito on December 3. A bout with Ortiz could be a possibility, too. No one is sure how the public would react to that.  

What about a fourth fight against Marquez? Not sure anyone wants to see that again, especially if happens before a bout with Mayweather. The consensus among boxing fans and media is that Marquez wouldn’t be able to win a decision against Pacquiao. This isn’t to say there was a fix, but it’s boxing. And the only way to keep the judges out of the equation is to knock someone out, something Marquez can’t do to Pacquiao at this stage of his career.

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