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Manny Pacquiao's Next Fight: 3 Fighters Who Would Take Down Pac-Man

LAS VEGAS, NV - DECEMBER 08:  Manny Pacquiao is knocked down in the third round while taking on Juan Manuel Marquez during their welterweight bout at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on December 8, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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Pete SchauerCorrespondent IDecember 9, 2012

Manny Pacquiao is in a free fall among the boxing landscape.

After losing to Timothy Bradley—in an extremely controversial split decision in June 2012—Pacquiao was knocked out by foe Juan Manuel Marquez in the fourth fight between the two, with Pacquiao sporting a 2-0-1 record heading into Saturday night's fight.

After watching Pac-Man fight against the Dinamita in fight No. 4, it's clear to see that Pacquiao is losing his edge, quickness, power and overall awareness in the ring.

That said, we know Pacquiao will fight again in the near future, but what remains to be seen is who he'll fight and how prepared he'll be.

Let's take a look at some possible matchups for Pac-Man and how he might fare.

 

Floyd Mayweather

It's the fight that everyone wants to see but probably will never happen, especially after Pacquiao was rocked by an aging Dinamita on Saturday night.

The odds of this fight have been covered millions of times from every single angle and before Pacquiao vs. Marquez IV; ESPN's Dan Rafael told us that it was Mayweather who was holding up the process due to the money aspect of things.

But after seeing Pacquiao dropped by JMM, perhaps Mayweather re-thinks his stubborn decision and does decide to give the world what it's been waiting for.

If this fight were to go down, one has to think Mayweather would wipe the floor with Pac-Man after the way he fought against Marquez.

 

Timothy Bradley

On paper and in the record books, Timothy Bradley defeated Pacquiao 115-113, 113-115 and 113-115.

To anyone with a pair of eyes and a brain inside their skull, Pac-Man won that fight.

Given the circumstances and controversy surround June's fight, Pacquiao vs. Bradley would definitely be one of the most enticing fights for Pac-Man to entertain following his KO loss at the hands of JMM.

If a rematch were to go down between the two, I think I'd have to lean more toward Pacquiao. Even though he "lost" the first time around, Pacquiao out-boxed Bradley and would have a great chance at victory against Bradley in their second meeting.


Juan Manuel Marquez

After KO'ing Pacquiao, don't you think Marquez wants a chance to even up the win total between these two fighters?

A fifth fight between Pacquiao and Marquez could be the telling tale to this saga, and according to ESPN's Dan Rafael, Pac-Man's strength and conditioning coach Alex Ariza wants to see a fifth fight as well.

Just ran into Alex Ariza. Gave Marquez credit. Said he'd like to see a fifth fight. #boxing #PacMarquez

— Dan Rafael (@danrafaelespn) December 9, 2012

Marquez could easily have two wins against Pacquiao, given the controversial scoring decision from the third fight.

After what we saw in the fourth fight, JMM would undoubtedly be the favorite heading into a fifth fight, and I'd take the Dinamita in a majority decision over a slumping and free-falling Pac-Man.

 

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