Pacquiao vs Marquez: Why a Pacquaio Loss Won't Ruin the Superfight

Matt FaulconerFeatured ColumnistNovember 9, 2011

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 06:  Professional Boxers Manny Pacquiao (L) and Juan Manuel Marquez attend the press conference for their World Welterweight Championship Fight at The Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers on September 6, 2011 in New York City.  (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)
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A Manny Pacquiao loss might be the best thing that could happen on Saturday night.

There isn't a single person in this world that doesn't love the underdog story, so why not get excited about the chance that Juan Manuel Marquez could pull off a shocking upset?

Pac-Man hasn't lost a bout in six years, when he was defeated by Erik Morales. He lost via unanimous decision and came back to smash Morales just a year later. Pacquiao has lost just three out of 58 fights in his career.

It's time he falters again. Both of these fighters are seasoned boxers in their 30s. They also have experience fighting one another.

The first fight ended in a draw while Pacquiao won the second by split decision. Marquez, however, claims that he should be 2-0 versus Manny. The two boxers have hyped this fight up for months, and it's nearly here.

If Pac-Man were to somehow lose this fight, it would be interesting to see what that would do to a potential super fight between Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather. The two have been dodging each other for years, with Money taking on the most heat for dodging the fight. Mayweather wants Pacquiao to take a drug test on the day of the fight to be sure he's not cheating, and Pacquiao refuses to do that.

Why are we blaming Mayweather? Oh, because Pac-Man can do no wrong and is the People's Champ.

Maybe if Pacquiao loses this fight, Mayweather will be willing to make some concessions, and we will finally get to see the fight of the century. Or, maybe Pac-Man will be afraid to fight if he can't beat Marquez.

As for this fight, it doesn't matter who wins, let's just hope it's better than Wladimir Klitschko vs. David Haye.