Manny Pacquiao-Juan Manuel Marquez 4? Bad Idea Before Floyd Mayweather Jr. Fight
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According to a number of sources, including BoxingScene.com, Manny Pacquiao will face Juan Manuel Marquez in his upcoming bout. Though not finalized, the date looks to be either Dec. 1 or Dec. 8 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nev.
This fight would be great for boxing fans, but it could be a terrible move for the Filipino congressman career wise.
Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez have already squared off three times. The only one of those matches that I thought Pacquiao won was the first, and it was scored a split-decision draw because of a judge’s error.
The next two times they met, Pacquiao won by very close and questionable decisions.
He edged Marquez by split decision in their second bout and won a majority decision the last time the two met. I believe that Marquez deserved to win both of their last two meetings.
In their most recent meeting, the look on Pacquiao’s face was one of defeat, and he seemed shocked when the decision was announced in his favor.
Juan Manuel Marquez has Manny Pacquiao’s number. Next time around, I think Pacquiao will have that same look on his face, but the judges may finally get it right.
I think a fourth fight with Marquez is the wrong move for Pacquiao if he ever wants to get Floyd Mayweather in the ring for the mega-fight that has been talked about for the last four years. Two losses in a row would kill Pacquiao at the negotiating table with Mayweather and may kill the public's demand for the bout.
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I also think a rematch with Miguel Cotto might not be a good idea either, as Cotto has looked reinvigorated his last couple times out.
In his fight with Pacquiao, it seemed as though the catchweight of 145 had a detrimental effect on him, but in rematch, I don't think Cotto would agree to such stipulations. If the same Cotto who faced Mayweather in May gets Pacquiao in the ring in December, it may be a long night for the Filipino slugger.
The smart move would be a rematch with Timothy Bradley; he beat Bradley the last time out whether the judges saw it that way or not.
Bradley would be more confident than the last time the two fought, but because of the dubious result to their last bout, I believe he would need to win by a wide margin to be named the victor.
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