Eight weeks to the day after Floyd Mayweather Jr. controversially put down Victor Ortiz, Pacquiao (53-3-2) returns to the ring for the first time in six months (since his unanimous-decision victory over Sugar Shane Mosley) to tangle with Marquez (53-5-1) Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in exciting Las Vegas. Pacquiao’s WBO World Welterweight Title will be on the line.
Can Pacquiao, 32, keep his impressive six-and-a-half-year unbeaten streak going tonight against Marquez, the tough, 38-year-old Mexican brawler who fought Pac-Man to a draw back in May of 2004?
Or can Marquez take the rivalry a step further and make up for the draw and subsequent tough loss to Pacquiao in March of 2008?
Yes, Pacquiao-Marquez is one of the most hard-fought rivalries in boxing right now, and this will be matchup No. 3, the one for all of the marbles…or at least a couple million bucks.
If Pacquiao wins, as many expect, will the superfight with Mayweather—the fight to end all fights—finally get onto the boxing docket?
And how will the other matches on the fight card go, including an intriguing matchup between Timothy Bradley and Joel Casamayor?
We’ll get those answers and more as we go further into our coverage of the biggest fight of the year.