“There’s a chance to fight [Marquez] again, but not right now,” said Pacquiao in a recent interview. “I don’t think people will watch the same movie.”
“My concern is the fans. I don’t want to lose the trust of the people in boxing. I don’t want to lose the fans in boxing. That’s my first concern,” continued Pacquiao.
To tell you the truth, what Manny Pacquiao said is like a double-edged sword: While there is some truth to it, it’s also saturated with lack of closure for many boxing fans. Yes, their trilogy so far has been pretty uniform, with not only similar outcomes, but also close to identical bell-to-bell action.
Pacquiao was always the aggressor, while Marquez rarely failed to deliver a successful counterattack.
Despite his wins, Pacquiao always talked about the fact that he was not completely satisfied with his performances against Marquez, but never denied himself the actuality of his victory. Marquez, on the other hand, had entirely opposite feelings, always claiming that he did enough to win the fight and that his victory was stolen from him by the unfair judges.
It is entirely understandable why Marquez demands another opportunity, and it is just as easy to see why Pacquiao might not want to offer one, yet feels like he might have to.
Pacquiao’s trainer, Freddie Roach, seems to be on the same page as his pupil regarding this topic.
“Every time they fight it gets less exciting because we’ve already seen it.
The third fight was nowhere near as good as the first two. And the thing is, I think the fourth one would be the same. I just think it’s like watching a movie four times. How much more do you get out of it?”
Since Manny Pacquiao states that the fans are his main concern and that he is convinced that they would not be interested in another fight with Marquez, I can tell that Pacquiao is not being a very observant champion.
Sure, most people call for his potential blockbuster bout with Floyd Mayweather Jr., but aside from that, many fans are still not satisfied with the final outcome of his trilogy against Marquez.
Many Pacquiao fans want that one more fight against Marquez as much as the Mexican fans insist on it, as closure has not yet been achieved. People want to see either of the two scenarios: Pacquiao knocks Marquez out, or Marquez defeats Pacquiao with a comfortable lead on points.
Bradley is a good fight too, and I think that it was a pretty good choice by camp Pacquiao. The question is, who will Pacquiao face next? It should be either the first obvious choice of Floyd Mayweather Jr., but if not, Pacquiao need not waste everyone’s time and sign to face Juan Manuel Marquez one last time.
What about you, do you think that the public is yet again ready for Dinamita to cross the ropes to face Pacman?