Congratulations to Mr. Juan Manuel "Dynamita" Marquez for his victory over Juan "Baby Bull" Diaz. It was definitely an electrifying fight that got the crowd on its feet from the very first bell until the time the baby bull got tamed.
Undeniably, that win raised the status of Marquez in terms of fame and market value in the sport. As a result, a lot of people are now contemplating the possibility of a third fight with Manny Pacquiao.
Allow me to share my opinion as to why I believe a third fight with the “Pacman” is not necessary, not beneficial, and not practicable. You may not agree with me but this is how I see it.
The second Pacquiao vs. Marquez fight was called "Unfinished Business.” With Pacquiao's victory, no matter how slim the margin may be at the scorecards, the business is considered over.
The first two matches between these combatants were indeed entertaining to watch. However, a loss is a loss. Marquez lost the second fight and should have lost the first fight too if all the judges scored it correctly.
Remember, Pacquiao scored three knockdowns in the first round, thus he was supposed to get a 10-6 advantage on all three cards. However, one judge erroneously scored it a 10-7 and this slight mistake resulted in the match being declared a draw.
Another factor here are the four knockdowns that Marquez has suffered in his two encounters with Pacquiao. No matter how good a counter puncher Marquez is, he still can't deny the fact that getting knocked down a couple of times only shows how vulnerable his chin is.
My view with regards to the non-beneficiality of this proposed third fight is anchored on money matters.
Pacquiao obviously wants the money. Money is precisely the reason why he jumped to welterweight to face Oscar De La Hoya and why he chose to venture unknown territory to slug it out with Ricky Hatton. Money is the reason why Pacquiao joined boxing in the first place.
As famous as Marquez is, I doubt if a third fight with Pacquiao can generate as much money as a “Sugar” Shane Mosley or Miguel Cotto vs. Pacquiao can.
Why? Because a lot of interests will be spawned even among those who are not die-hard boxing fans for people want to see if a "small man" can indeed win titles at a division ruled by the "big men.”
This small man vs. big man is a rarely seen event in boxing and this is the reason why the Pacquiao vs. De La Hoya battle was called a "dream match.” This is not to mention the millions of Pay Per View buys that match earned.
Marquez couldn't possibly generate that much interest because he is a lightweight and needless to say, the “Pacman” has already ruled that division. Putting the retired Floyd Mayweather, Jr. in the mix will only aggravate Marquez's situation because Floyd is the biggest draw among all possible Pacquiao opponents.
If Marquez moves up to welterweight he has to establish himself first in this category because Pacquiao already has by beating the “Golden Boy.”
Marquez just does not have the luxury of time for a third fight with Pacquiao.
According to Pacquiao's camp, the Filipino boxing star intends to retire by 2010 and run for public office. Furthermore, they said that the he will only fight two or three more times before he calls it quits.
Pacquiao vs. Hatton is already a done deal and thus there are only two fights left for Manny at most.
Can Marquez still join the bandwagon? No, because to make a name for himself as a welterweight, Marquez must first beat one or two famous welterweight or Jr. welterweight champions. The most popular Jr. welterweight he could face is Ricky Hatton but sadly he is scheduled to fight Pacquiao in May.
Provided Pacquiao wins over Hatton, he will most likely go for either Mosley, Cotto, or Mayweather, Jr. Therefore, there's no longer any time for a Pacquiao-Marquez trilogy.
So, will a third fight really materialize?
Yes, it will happen. But only when an orange falls from an apple tree.
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