"Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you."
That biblical passage comes from the gospel of Matthew 7:7.
Now, I don't know about Juan Manuel "Dynamita" Marquez's religion, but for sure this biblical quote worked for him.
After his highly controversial loss to Manny Pacquiao, JMM has been asking insistently for a third fight to settle the question as to who really is the better fighter between them.
He did anything legally possible to get this third fight even going as far as coming over to the Philippines and insulting Pacquiao by telling him that "you know I won that fight."
Those comments stirred so much criticism for JMM because he said it on TV while he was side by side with Pacquiao in an interview.
Marquez wouldn't mind all that. He is dead focus on his goal. After his demolition of Juan Diaz, he again made a verbal punch towards Pacquiao by saying he wants Mayweather Jr. because Pacquiao will not fight him. This is a clear attack on the Pacman's ego.
Despite of all he has done, it seems that Pacquiao is just ignoring him. When Marquez first made his desire for a third match, Pacquiao simply dismissed him by saying "the business is over." As a result, a lot of us thought JMM would be waiting in vain.
The pound-for-pound king has made a surprising turnaround. He will give Mexico's most explosive dynamite another chance to fight him after his match with England's Ricky "Hitman" Hatton.
However, he made it clear that he is not looking past Hatton and is focused on this fight before entertaining further thoughts on Marquez.
There you have it, Mr. Marquez. The favorable reply to your application.
You seek a third fight, now you got it. You knocked on the Pacman's door, he is now opening it. You asked for another brawl, Pacquiao will soon give it to you.
So much for my previous article in which I declared the non-necessity, non-beneficiality and non-practicability of a third Pacquiao-Marquez showdown.
Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao himself refuted my claim a few days ago.
Maybe Manny, known for being very religious, was just exercising his being a Roman Catholic Christian in giving Marquez what he has long been asking for. Maybe the money. Maybe the fan's clamor. Maybe Freddie Roach's advise. Maybe, maybe, maybe...
It matters not what his reasons may be, for what matters most is that the fans will once again be entertained with one great night of boxing.