Pacquiao vs. Marquez Predictions: What Twitter Universe Is Saying Before Rematch

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Pacquiao vs. Marquez Predictions: What Twitter Universe Is Saying Before Rematch
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As the hours tick away in preparation for Saturday's highly anticipated bout between Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez, the excitement level is rapidly approaching the saturation point.

Nowhere is that fact more evident than the worldwide water cooler. Or, as it's better known, Twitter. The social media website has become a fantastic debate grounds for sports talk, and highly publicized events like Pacquiao-Marquez IV bring out the best anticipatory tweets. 

Some boxing fans have spent their anticipatory hours simply arguing the merits of the first three fights. As most know, the initial trilogy in the series each came down to the judges' scorecards and ended in controversial fashion. 

More than the past, though, Twitter has been a place where folks can give their opinion on Saturday's fight—whether that's positive or negative. Recognizable pundits and regular fans who just enjoy boxing all have spent their time giving passionate predictions for the bout.

With that in mind, here is a little sampling of some of the most notable tweets in preparation for Pacquiao-Marquez IV:

 

Though obviously said in jest, rapper Jae Mills perhaps put this series of fights into perspective with a Mortal Kombat reference:

 

 

Back on the serious side of things, the fighters had a weight discrepancy of four pounds. With that, Saturday will mark the first time in their series that Marquez and Pacquiao have been separated by more than one pound, per ESPN Stats & Information:

 

 

Nike Training sent out a tweet that shows the hard workout routine Pacquiao put himself through to prepare for the bout:

 

 

Locked out NHL hockey player Taylor Hall is apparently spending his unpaid vacation watching HBO's 24/7 series. It turns out he's not so entertained by Pacquiao and Mayweather:

 

 

Hall may not be excited for the fight, but the box office receipts leave little doubt that Pacquiao-Marquez IV is among the most anticipated events of 2012. According to Sports Illustrated's Bryan Armen Graham, the fight has already broken the $10 million mark in ticket sales alone:

 

 

Not everyone is just in town for Saturday's fight. Mike Tyson is using the weekend's festivities to help launch his Mike Tyson Cares charity: 

 

 

On the predictions side of things, HBO Boxing took an impromptu poll that showed 79 percent of people were choosing Pacquiao: 

 

 

As he's wont to do, ESPN's Skip Bayless gave out his bold stance, saying Pacquiao would score a knockout victory:

 

 

Magic Johnson will be attending Saturday's fight and joined his ESPN colleague in picking Pacquiao to win:

 

 

While ESPN pundits are picking Pacquiao, professional handicapper Incarcerated Bob sees it differently. He also sees a huge paycheck floating away for Floyd Mayweather:

 

 

If Incarcerated Bob is correct, Ryan Bivins of BadLeftHook.com wonders whether Marquez will be seen as better than Bernard Hopkins: 

 

 

 

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