Manny Pacquiao: Reasons He Should Skip Marquez and Wait for Mayweather
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Manny Pacquiao is in trouble.
His promoter, Bob Arum of Top Rank Promotions, wants him to fight by the end of this year.
His adviser, Michael Koncz, wants him to fight by the end of this year.
His trainer, Freddie Roach, has begun training him as if he's going to fight by the end of the year, according to reports by Jenny Jay of Doghouseboxing.
But there's a problem. Pacquiao doesn't want to fight.
While Pacquiao hasn't explicitly said so, his inaction speaks volumes. According to Fight Hype, Pacquiao was supposed to have made his "final" decision on an opponent over four weeks ago.
There are reports from the likes of Manila Bulletin that go back as far as July 26 that indicated that Arum and Pacquiao were close to choosing an opponent.
And that opponent, for what seems like the umpteenth time, will again not be his pound-for-pound rival, Floyd Mayweather.
The opponent is likely to be either three-fight rival Juan Manuel Marquez or controversial decision recipient Timothy Bradley. Fans can see why Pacquiao isn't quick to choose.
Neither opportunity is very appetizing. In fact, both kind of stink.
Marquez has already fought Pacquiao three times in Las Vegas and gone 0-2-1 with him. Each fight ended controversially with each result being hotly debated among each fighter's fans.
Bradley was clearly beaten but awarded Pacquiao's belt by two faulty official scorecards out of three.
How will a fourth fight change anything?
With two bland sequels thrust in Pacquiao's face, here's a few reasons the Filipino star should get up and finally sit down with Mayweather instead.
Manny Pacquiao Needs a Break
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Pacquiao's fought at least twice a year since 1995. Maybe it's time to chill for a year.
Mayweather used to fight just as often as Pacquiao does. Since retiring for a year in 2008 and returning to action in the fall of 2009, he's fought once a year. He's likely conserving energy and resting old bones.
Pacquiao and Mayweather aren't spring chickens. Both men are getting deeper into their mid-30s. Based on Pacquiao's recent uninspired performances against Marquez and Bradley, maybe it's time to sit out the fall.
Manny Pacquiao's Team Needs Time to Negotiate with Floyd Mayweather's Team
Floyd Mayweather, Leonard Ellerbe and company
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Mayweather is the boss of most of his negotiations. Pacquiao is also used to be getting more money than his opposition in recent years. When the two come together, something will have to give.
Now that Pacquiao has lost his welterweight world title and Mayweather holds both a world title at welterweight and junior middleweight, Pacquiao is certainly in an uphill battle for a 50-50 share of profits.
Take into account Mayweather's recent smash hit pay-per-view against Miguel Cotto and Pacquiao's far less impressive take against Bradley, and it's easy to see how hard this negotiation is about to be.
Only time, effort and prayer can wear down Mayweather's team enough to get Pacquiao as fair a deal as possible. If Pacquiao fights in the fall, he likely won't seal a Mayweather deal for the first half of 2013.
Marvin Hagler and Sugar Ray Leonard took a long time to iron out the contract for their epic fight, as documented in Eric Raskin's "Oral History" of the fight. Pacquiao might need to take a hint from them.
Manny Pacquiao Could Lose or Get Robbed Again
Juan Manuel Marquez and Manny Pacquiao dueling for the third time.
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Pacquiao and Marquez are looking to go at it again for a fourth time, according to an article by Bleach Report's Leo Reyes that cites Edwin Espejo of rappler.com. If so, then this could be a sad day for boxing fans.
If Pacquiao could be on the unlucky end of a controversial decision against Bradley, an opponent many ague he actually beat, what's to stop judges this fall from awarding Marquez a decision in a tougher fight?
Marquez has always made Pacquiao have to fight harder than ever to win. If Marquez happens to win this time, a fight between Pacquiao and Mayweather will lose nearly all of its luster.
Manny Pacquiao Has Earned Back the Public's Sympathy
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Juan Manuel Marquez wasn't able to "officially" beat Pacquiao in their third epic encounter last fall, but he was able to generate a sound that rarely happens in a Pacquiao fight:
-The crowd at Pacquiao-Marquez III
The crowd booed the majority decision victory that was awarded to Pacquiao, according to a report by Dan Rafael of ESPN.
Marquez helped make it a trend to dog Pacquiao by reminding the boxing public of the robbery that was committed for the third time against him. The trend wouldn't last for long.
In steps Bradley, the bald-headed hero to play the villain.
By winning a dubious decision over Pacquiao, Bradley vindicated the Filipino hero of his previous controversial win by allowing Pacquiao to be the recipient of a controversial loss.
Pacquiao now has the public on his side at the expense of Bradley. If Pacquiao faces Marquez again and benefits from another controversial decision, the public will turn against him again.
Pacquiao needs all the public support he can while his team goes into negotiations with Mayweather.
Manny Pacquiao Could Benefit from Floyd Mayweather's Goodwill
Miguel Cotto and Floyd Mayweather
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Floyd Mayweather earned a lot of respect and acclaim for moving up to junior middleweight to challenge Miguel Cotto in a tough, action-packed fight, full of suspense and intrigue.
Greg Bishop of the New York Times said the fight with Cotto was so good that "it did not seem to matter if Mayweather was not fighting Manny Pacquiao."
Dan Rafael of ESPN praised the event, saying that "Floyd Mayweather Jr. finally found himself in a real fight."
This praise is in contrast to the criticism of Pacquiao's performances against Marquez and Bradley.
Kieran Mulvaney of ESPN declared Mayweather the best fighter in the world after demoting Pacquiao for his performance against Marquez.
If Pacquiao can finally make a fight with Mayweather, he can ride the hype generated for their encounter not just from years of fans' anticipation, but by the excitement of Mayweather's previous bout with Cotto.
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