The sport of boxing will be watching Manny Pacquaio and Juan Manuel Marquez's fight in December with open eyes.
If Pac-Man loses the fight, the sport will be in major trouble going towards a potential super fight with Floyd Mayweather.
Here are three reasons, all relating to the potential fight, why boxing can't afford to see a Pacquiao loss:
Two Losses in a Row
If Pacquaio were to lose to Marquez, that would make two losses in a row. In June Pacquiao dropped a controversial decision to Timothy Bradley, and while I even think Pac-Man won, he lost in the record books and that's all that matters.
I will always remember how the fight went, but I will remember the decision above anything else.
Two losses heading into a possible super fight would and should mean bad news for boxing because people shouldn't want to see that fight take place.
I know I wouldn't care to see it.
Pac-Man Would Be Past his Prime
Going off of not caring about the potential super fight if Pac-Man loses twice in a row, he would be considered by many, including myself, to be well past his prime.
The super fight would be tainted because we wouldn't see the best Pacquiao and probably not the best Mayweather either.
Pac-Man must win to keep his reputation where it needs to be heading into the potential super fight.
Who Would Care about Mayweather vs. Pacquiao?
No one should care about this potential (not-so-potential) super fight because we have been waiting forever. It's almost sickening to keep talking about it because fans deserve better.
Even the biggest boxing fans shouldn't care about this potential fight because we were all robbed of seeing the two stars in their prime. There's no getting around that.
Multiple years later and we still haven't seen the two best fighters in this era go head to head. And with another loss would Pacquaio even be considered the second best fighter?
I wouldn't be so sure of that.