Manny Pacquiao: Fighting Juan Manuel Marquez for 4th Time Can't Be Justified

Ian HanfordFeatured ColumnistOctober 7, 2012

GENERAL SANTOS, PHILIPPINES - SEPTEMBER 27:  Manny Pacquiao in action 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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Raise your hand if you want to watch Manny Pacquiao eke by Juan Manuel Marquez for a fourth time. Anyone?

Pacquiao will face off against Marquez on December 8, with nothing he can possibly prove.

The first three fights between these two were impossibly close. Pacquiao won all three, but he hasn't scored a knockout over Marquez yet.

We already know how well Marquez's dynamic counter-punching plays against Pacquiao. His style gives him an advantage that others may not have, and his experience only adds to that. 

One win in a four-part series isn't going to change that from a long-term perspective.

Marquez will always be remembered for giving Pacquiao trouble in the ring like no other competitor could, even if he does come out in December and get knocked out in the first round. 

Pacquiao has nothing to gain in this fight, aside from beating an opponent he's already beaten, so why fight it at all? He has to fight someone, even if it's not Floyd Mayweather, Jr. like everyone wants, but this is pointless.

If Pacquiao wins, it's another ho-hum win. Marquez is an excellent fighter in his own right, but Mayweather is the only athlete left who could possibly show us anything new.

Anything else, and Pacquiao is showing us more of what he already has time and time again.

Say he goes out and loses. Then it's even worse. A loss would negate any chance of a Mayweather fight, leaving us wondering if Pacquiao will just walk away on a low note. 

That's even more difficult to stomach.

The Pacquiao-Marquez series has been memorable. Every single decision has been controversial, showing how competitive their skills really are when matched up head-to-head.

Fans of this series may tune in one more time, but I can't see anyone else taking the time. Boxing fans have one-track minds, with only one thing in mind.

One more Pacquiao win is just another win, unless Mayweather is on the other end of that decision.

Maybe these guys like watching team sports, where the postseason play comes in five or seven-game battles, or maybe they're fighting each other just because there's no one else to fight.