What Would You Rather See: Pacquiao-Mayweather Or Pacquiao-Marquez IV?
In the weeks leading up to the third fight between Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez, talk of an epic showdown with Floyd Mayweather dominated the conversation as if the results of the Pacquiao-Marquez fight were a foregone conclusion.
Too bad Marquez would have a say and throw a monkey wrench into those plans.
No, Marquez didn’t win the fight, but there were a lot of people who thought he did enough to earn the judges’ decision. Despite two razor thin fights with Pacquiao in 2004 and 2008, Marquez ended up as a 7-1 underdog. Part of the reason was Pacquiao’s evolution since 2008—it appeared his vast improvements in the ring would be too much for Marquez to handle. Also, the last time Marquez fought at over 140 lbs, he was dominated by Floyd Mayweather.
So Marquez did what all great fighters do: He ate the odds and the criticism and showed the world why he has given the Filipino all kinds of problems in the ring.
Marquez put together a masterful performance that showcased his effective counterpunching and ability to keep Pacquiao guessing for twelve rounds. It’s safe to say this was the worst we’ve seen Pacquiao look in the ring since his last fight against Marquez, even then he looked better than he did Saturday night. Juan Manuel Marquez has proven he’s Pacquiao’s kryptonite. Even though he would lose a majority decision with scores of 114-114, 116-112 and 115-113 and has fallen to 0-2-1 against Pacquiao, there are many who believe that Marquez should be 3-0 against the Pac Man. And those beliefs aren’t without merit.
After the fight, neither Top Rank’s promoter Bob Arum or Pacquiao’s trainer Freddie Roach felt this win closed the book on this rivalry. If anything, it asks more questions than it answers.
“Maybe one day this battle will get settled but this one sure didn’t do it,” Arum said during the post fight press conference. “I would advise both Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez to do this again in May.”
Roach echoed those sentiments.
“This is a fight that I kind of don’t want to do again but I think we have to,” Roach said. “He’s given us problems three times and I do believe he deserve a rematch before we face Mayweather.”
So where does that leave us? It appeared we were on the verge of Mayweather-Pacquiao in May, but according to Arum and Roach, we may see a fourth fight between Marquez and Pacquiao instead. For the casual boxing fan, this is an annoyance of the highest degree. With Mayweather appearing to warm to the idea of a megafight with Pacquiao, the last thing we need is something else to hold it up from happening. From a boxing purist perspective, Pacquiao has to prove to the world he is a better fighter than Marquez before he sets foot in the ring with an even more superior counter puncher in Mayweather.
Both fights will be entertaining but which one would you rather see?