Where would Pacquiao be without Marquez, and vice versa?
If you give it some thought, you will realize just how lucky we are that Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez happen to be active boxing champions during the same boxing era. Each one of their four fights was not only exhilarating, but pumped the boxing fans with hope for another one. Now, after the fourth fight, after the invincible Manny Pacquiao suffered a brutal knockout loss at the hands of his three-time rival Juan Manuel Maruqez, another fifth fight looms.
As far as we know, according to numerous recent reports and rumors, Manny Pacquiao will cross the ropes come September 2013, and I am pretty sure that Marquez will be right there across the ring staring at him as his opponent once again. Is the fifth fight justified? Undoubtedly so. Why would anyone refuse an action filled fight with tremendous significance and a guaranteed worth for the money?
But as I think more about the possibility of their next battle, another question makes its way into my mind: what if Manny wins via a knockout? Or worse, what if the fight ends in a draw?
While this may seem nearly impossible or farfetched, I believe that anything is feasible with these two. After the first three fights, it seemed like the fans were done with their rivalry, wanting something new. Still, Bob Arum put in the time and the effort to organize the # IV. Many boxing fans were disappointed with this decision, and vowed not to tune in.
Well, if you didn’t tune in, I assume you understand that it was one of the biggest mistakes you have ever made as a boxing fan. Of course there are numerous ways to watch the fight later on, but watching it live, maybe in a crowd of fellow boxing fans is not the same as sitting at home alone on your couch.
Now, after I have taken some time to ask boxing fans whether they are excited at the possibility of a fifth fight, and searching through various boxing forums for the same answer, it is clear that the faith and the excitement has been restored, and the people want Pacquaio and Marquez to meet one more time.
Some want their Pacquiao to prove that his loss was a fluke by knocking out Marquez this time around, while others are excited to see the new Marquez send Manny to the canvas yet again.
In any case, the fifth fight has the fans’ blessing. And now I know that if Manny Pacquiao vs. Juan Manuel Marquez VI happens to take place sometime in the distant future, it will sell out and prove to be a successful PPV again. When a Filipino superstar is fighting a Mexican superstar, these two countries are tuning in to see their hero fight for his people. Demand will be there, the money will be there, and as long as the brutality of the fights pleases the fans, both Pacquiao and Marquez could be intertwined for a couple more years to come.
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