Juan Manuel Marquez has nothing to lose facing off with Manny Pacquiao for the fourth time in his career.
Sure, Pacquiao is the odds-on favorite to continue his upper hand on the rivalry. Yes, the world harps for a Mayweather-Pacquiao battle. However, they will settle for Dinamita and the Filipino southpaw going at it.
Their 2011 matchup drew 1.3 million pay-per-view buys. If Bob Arum puts it together, they will watch.
The WBO junior welterweight champion can only gain from this heralded matchup.
Marquez has already gained exposure and popularity that will never be undone.
In the age of social media and information, even casual boxing fans are beginning to recognize the 39-year old along with known fighting commodities Pacquiao, Mayweather and Klitschko. He can thank the wide publicity gained from HBO 24/7, YouTube and internet blogs for the help.
Let’s not forget dollar bills when talking about gains, either. Marquez made $5 million in his third bout with Pacquiao and could make close to double-digits in Saturday’s fight.
As for the result, if Marquez can pull off a victory, he will have his signature win to hang his hat on. A Hall of Fame resume would finally get the icing on the cake.
In his last three fights with Pacquiao, none have gone in the Mexican’s favor. A win would validate the split-decisions to be considered as valid to fans, possibly even victories.
A tight loss would signal what boxing fans already know about Marquez. He is a tough fighter who can stay in any fight but lacks elite quickness to close the deal. It would add to his career narrative that has already been written so far.
Thirdly, a knockout loss or easy decision in favor of Pacquiao would see the blame placed squarely on Marquez’s age.
Many fighters lack the stamina to stay on top of their game at 39 years old, and no one will hold Marquez to a higher standard because he hasn’t clearly beaten Pacquiao. He won't be held accountable at 39 if he never did it at 33.
Dinamita has nothing to fear heading into his fourth fight with Pacquiao. The 39-year old holds all the cards regardless of the result.