Manny Pacquiao: Ricky Burns Stands to Benefit from Win for Pac-Man vs. Marquez

Josh Martin@@JoshMartinNBANBA Lead WriterNovember 6, 2011

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 05:  George Groves of England celebrates victory over Paul Smith of Engalnd after their British and Commonwealth Super-middleweight championship fight during Championship Boxing at Wembley Arena on November 5, 2011 in London, England.  (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
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It's often too easy to forget that the world of boxing consists of a populace well beyond the likes of Manny Pacquiao, Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Juan Manuel Marquez.

Somewhere amidst the most prominent fist fighters (Scotland, to be exact) is Ricky Burns, who also happens to have a rather lucrative rooting interest in who wins when Pac-Man and Dinamita meet in the ring for the third time on November 12th.

A world away from Las Vegas, Burns boxed his way to the interim WBO lightweight championship, earning a victory by unanimous decision over Michael Katsidis at Wembley Stadium on Saturday night.

That win sets Burns up to benefit in some shape or form from the Pacquiao-Marquez bout, regardless of who wins. If Marquez pulls off the upset, he will have to relinquish his WBO lightweight title to Burns, the former WBO super featherweight titleholder, as a condition of accepting Pacquiao's welterweight championship.

And if Marquez loses, the 38-year-old Mexican could very well opt to return to the lightweight division, particularly if he gets his rear end handed to him by the feisty Filipino. Such a move would set up a likely championship bout between Marquez and Burns.

Of course, there's no guarantee that Marquez would drop back down or that he would even continue his fighting career. Marquez has accomplished so much over the course of his career, claiming eight world titles in three separate weight classes, that he might not even feel the need to keep fighting, especially at his age.

Even then, Burns would stand to benefit as the undisputed WBO lightweight champ.

So, if you happen to be somewhere in the vicinity of Bellshill, Scotland on November 12th, don't be surprised to hear a commotion coming from just down the road. Chances are, it'll be the Rickster celebrating, either as the champ or the next guy in line.

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