Manny Pacquiao: Would It Be a Mistake to Face Juan Manuel Marquez?
Manny Pacquiao Is Looking to Fight Juan Manuel-Marquez, But Can He Sell This Fight?
After the beating Manny Pacquiao gave Shane Mosley, people are tired of seeing this generation's best fighter beat up on washed-up fighters and contenders that simply aren't worth the time of someone as talented as he is.
Of course everyone wants to see Pacquiao take on Floyd Mayweather Jr., but sadly, thanks to Mayweather's legal issues, we probably won't see that fight any time soon. Now that's where Juan Manuel Marquez comes into the equation.
The two men have had two bouts in the past, with Pacquiao winning by split decision in one and the other ending in a draw, leaving a lot of unfinished business between the two men, setting up the perfect opportunity for a trilogy fight.
However, there's one problem.
Pacquiao, who has the legs of a middleweight, has become more and more comfortable at 140-plus pounds since he moved up the scale for his stunning stoppage of Oscar De La Hoya in 2008. He was at 142 for De La Hoya, 144 ½ for Antonio Margarito, 145 ¾ for Joshua Clottey, 144 for Miguel Cotto and 145 for Mosley.
Compare that to Marquez, whose experience at more than 140 pounds is limited to Floyd Mayweather Jr. in September 2009. That’s when the Mexican was 142 pounds and looked about as mobile as a 1965 Chevy, stripped of its tires and left to rust on cinder blocks. Marquez’ one-sided loss by decision to Mayweather was as devoid of drama as Mosley’s weary walkabout against Pacquiao.
Well isn't that just great.
The last thing I or anyone else wants to see is Pacquiao beating up on Marquez because he's too big to be able to fight the type of bout he wants to. I've seen enough of the champion beating up on inferior opponents.
All I want is a real fight from Pacquiao. It's time to throw away all of the aging big names and guys that we've seen him fight before. I want new blood. I want someone like Amir Khan. It's time for Pacquiao and his camp to think outside of the box and get creative in terms of coming up with opponents for the champion.
If that happens, then we're going to see a renewed interest in Pacquiao and his fights.
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