Manny Pacquiao is ready for his redemption story.
The most famous Filipino on the planet is ready to schedule his next bout, ready to silence the doubters, ready to void boxing’s memory of Juan Manuel Marquez's infamous punch that knocked him to the mat last December.
To that point, there are rumblings of a fifth Pacquiao-Marquez matchup in the works. With Marquez turning 40 this August, his camp will want a fight as soon as it can get signed on.
But Pacquiao needs to wait until he gets the appropriate offer to make his move.
Unlike his last matchup with Marquez, Pacquiao has to consider the monetary value of this fight much more so. To that effect, he is considering a Marquez fight in China so he can gain a larger sum than in the United States.
Sounds like the smart move. Another loss could cripple Pacquiao’s career to the point he would be a mid-level draw, so this may be his last chance to get main-event money.
Pacquiao, and Marquez for that matter, have a marketing ploy on their side: anticipation. The fifth bout between these two may be a bigger draw than Mayweather-Pacquiao, as Bob Arum alluded to this month.
The matchup will maintain its relevancy even if it takes another year to come to fruition. Boxing fans and casual fans will still buy, no matter the day or year.
Meanwhile, Pacquiao is down, but not out. He needs to study the last Marquez fight intently and train accordingly. Manny knows all of these things, but he may not know patience. Rehabilitation is the name of the game, not rash decisions.
Pacquiao may have only one chance to regain what he lost this past December. He must be cautious on where and when he throws his next official punch.