Boxing

Why Manny Pacquiao Should Be Fighting Sergio Martinez, Not Juan Manuel Marquez

GENERAL SANTOS, PHILIPPINES - SEPTEMBER 27:  Manny Pacquiao Manny Pacquiao in seen during a training session at Golingan Gymnasium on September 27, 2012 in General Santos, Philippines. Pacquiao will take on Mexican Juan Manual Marquez on December 8, 2012 in Las Vegas.   (Photo by Jeoffrey Maitem/Getty Images)
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Steve SilvermanFeatured ColumnistSeptember 30, 2012

Another fight against Juan Manuel Marquez?

What's the point?

Manny Pacquiao and Marquez have already met three times and Pacquiao has a 2-0-1 record in those games.

What is the need for a fourth fight?

Yes, Pacquiao and Marquez have put on good boxing shows, and there are many who believe the record in the three fights should be 1-1-1.

But there is another good fight out there for Pacquiao—besides the unlikely matchup with Floyd Mayweather Jr.

A matchup with Sergio Martinez would sit well with boxing fans.

Pacquiao would have to move up in weight to make this fight and he would have to fight at 150 pounds, at least. He might even have to come up to 152 pounds.

At this point in his career, that is somewhat uncomfortable for Pacquiao. In his last fight against Timothy Bradley, Pacquiao fought at 147 pounds. That's the heaviest Pacquiao has fought at in his career.

Pacquiao got in the ring against a 150-pound fighter once in his career, and that was his 2010 bout against Antonio Margarito. Pacquiao took a one-sided decision in that fight. He would need to put on 3-to-5 pounds from his Bradley fighting weight if he wanted to get in the ring against Martinez.

Martinez is a hard-punching 37-year-old fighter who just defeated Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. He dominated much of the fight, but had to hold on in the final round after Chavez knocked him down.

Martinez fought Chavez at 158 pounds. That's far too much for Pacquiao.

There would have to be compromise on both parts. Chavez would have to drop six pounds and Pacquiao would have to put on at least three pounds.

This would give boxing fans a fresh fight that they could grasp rather than a fourth fight with Marquez, which is scheduled for Dec. 8.

There will be action in that bout, but boxing fans want something new to chew on.

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