Pacquiao-Marquez Trilogy Demand Soars As Margarito Fails to Get License

Leo ReyesAnalyst IAugust 21, 2010

LAS VEGAS - DECEMBER 06:  (R-L) Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines connects with a right to the head of Oscar De La Hoya during their welterweight fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena December 6, 2008 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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Boxing fans from around the world say the Pacquiao-Marquez trilogy is a much better match when compared to the proposed Pacquiao-Margarito fight in terms of revenue prospects and fight patronage.

Now that Antonio Margarito has lost his case before the California State Athletic Commission (CSAC), boxing fans look forward to see Marquez fight Pacquiao one last time to settle the controversial judges' scoring issues on their last two encounters.

Marquez lost to Pacquiao on their second fight after scoring a draw on the first match which happened six years ago.

Marquez claimed he won in both matches but he said the judges erred in scoring the fight. The Mexican boxer thinks the judges tilted in favor of Pacquiao.

Since 2004, Marquez has relentlessly chased Pacquiao for a trilogy to settle once and for all the controversial judging issues.

He even made a long trip to Manila to beg Pacquiao for another one last shot at the popular Filipino boxer.

Marquez' latest fight was a rematch with Juan Diaz which took place last July 31 at the Mandalay Bay, in which he won via unanimous decision.

Prior to the bout, the WBO ordered the Marquez-Diaz winner to fight mandatory challenger Michael Katsidis.

After the Diaz rematch, Marquez stated that he was interested in pursuing a third fight with Manny Pacquiao.

Right after news came out like wildfire on the Internet about Margarito's failure to get his boxing license reinstated, Oscar de la Hoya immediately made a conference call with some media people and practically begged for Manny Pacquiao to face Juan Manuel Marquez for a long-awaited trilogy.

“Marquez has a license, he’s obviously ready and willing to fight Manny Pacquiao,” De La Hoya exclaimed, obviously trying to take advantage of Antonio Margarito’s recent denial for a boxing license by the California State Athletic Commission.

“This is a fight that not only has to be made, but must be made because their first fight was a draw, and their second fight was highly disputed and it’s only fair that a third fight happen. And here is Marquez with a license, willing to fight him, and I think that the public really deserves it,” he continued.

“Manny Pacquiao wants to fight. The only one who does not want to fight is Bob Arum, and that is not fair. That is not fair to the public, and that is not fair to Manny Pacquiao. That is not fair to Marquez,” De La Hoya added.

A good number of boxing fans say a third fight is not necessary as Pacquiao has made a name in the welterweight while Marquez has not justified his stay in the division as shown in his lackluster performance when he faced Mayweather.

In the meantime, Pacquiao's trainer, Freddie Roach, sided with Oscar de la Hoya in his call for much-requested trilogy, saying a compromise in the weight department could be reached.

TSS Michael Woods talked to the Hall of Fame trainer, Freddie Roach on the possibility of a Pacquiao-Marquez trilogy after Margarito's failed attempt to get his license reinstated.

"I don't care about the weight, if Marquez feels he can fight and beat Manny, I think that fight sells, does the most business," Roach told me.

"Manny can still make 140, we could fight at a catch weight. Aside from Margarito and Marquez, we're limited in options. Some guys are world class, but not yet popular. Besides a Floyd fight, a third fight with Marquez is the best one out there."

According to Roach, Bob Arum is open to the proposed Pacquiao-Marquez Trilogy.

"I'd like to see a third fight, cause I'd like to shut Marquez  up," Roach said.

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