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Pacquiao-Marquez Part 4? Yawn


Manny Pacquiao’s trainer and wife want no less than a knockout. PHOTO/ELTON LUGAY

The recently defeated Manny Pacquiao is back in the ring, scheduled to fight Juan Manuel Marquez on December 8 in Las Vegas.

Pacquiao lost in a controversial split decision to Timothy Bradley in June, but a rematch is out of the question. Pacquiao’s trainer Freddie Roach said, “Mr. Bradley doesn’t sell any tickets. There’s no business, there’s no money (in that match).”

Instead, a fourth battle with Marquez was confirmed in a September 19 press conference at a Times Square hotel.

“I think it’s not the right time yet as we also don’t know what God’s plans are for Manny and who he fights with.” It was Pacquiao’s wife Jinkee who offered an explanation.

The Pacquiao camp maintained the decision against Bradley “robbed” the boxer of victory. Roach vowed Pacquiao’s training for the Marquez match would be much more intense and aggressive. He said: “I want a knockout.”

“Ganun talaga kapag minsan hindi mo alam na may ibang balak pala yung ibang tao pero ang importante, Manny did his best at walang masabi ang mga tao lalo pa’t alam nila na siya naman talaga ang nanalo,” added Jinkee.

Jinkee said she and her children were shocked then brought to tears by the decision declaring Bradley the winner.

“Na-shock ako na hindi siya ang nanalo, pati mga anak ko. Pero sabi nga ni Manny, may purpose siguro bakit ganun ang nangyari.” She echoed Roach: “Knock out dapat ang gawin niya.”

“At least wala na ring masabi ang iba.”

For his part, Pacquiao said he chose to fight Marquez for the fourth time – a most unexciting match, according to fans and boxing pundits — “because I believe that we can give a good fight to the fans and we want the fans to be satisfied.”

Pacquiao counts two more years before he would finally retire, and that his last one would be historic. “I’m planning to have a fight in the Philippines before I retire.”

Some FilAms are not looking forward to the Pacquiao-Marquez fight.

“Not too fond of this fight,” said The Filipino Reporter sports editor L.P. Pelayo. “I would rather have the Timothy Bradley fight, but I know it’s not feasible due to the poor pay-per-view results it would generate.”

Pacquiao-Bradley is not an attractive match despite PacMan’s questionable loss. Neither is Pacquiao-Marquez, even if a knockout is anticipated. The only fight that would generate unprecedented interest – and outstanding pay-per-view receipts — would be Pacquiao-Mayweather, but so far both sides continue to dance around the possibility.

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Tags: Boxing , Juan Manuel Marquez , Manny Pacquiao

  • biznizdok

    this fight is for greed and not for country’s pride

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/MJFXCRSCXRWPLL42QQKSINC3AQ Mamerto

    Pac vs JMM. 
    Many down-play it as passe, boring, lousy, etc. BUT…,
    I say that many Filipinos would still see it:
    Traffic during the fight will be almost to a stand-still.
    Manny would still be “favored to win”.,,, and very few will bet against him.

    So much for the bad calls/naming being made against Manny Paacquiao.
    He is still the man to beat. He is still the man that CAN beat Mayweather.

  • Labandera1

    Hindi na maka knockout si Paquiao baka siya pa ang ma knockout ni Marquez. Ang siguradong knockout dito ay ang pera ng manunuod ng pay per view.

  • platyer2

    Bradley got the belt but Pacquiao got the money.

    What’s more important, the belt or the money? Money of course!

  • john mark santos

    boring ka na Pacman


  • boetdebane

    Nakakasawa ng panoorin si Manny Pacquiao.

  • Gastig

    yaWN…..wasted my time reading this lousy article.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/6Q2J7U4LVUHJZGD7MF3K5JW7RI Avelino, Jr.

      nilagay na nga sa title bakit binasa mo pa at nagcomment ka pa lol

  • Atagalong

    I cannot understand why others don’t see why there is a Pacquiao-Marquez 4th fight. In my opinion, fighting Bradley is just a repeat of what happened – the risk that blind mice will do the unthinkable. Aside from what is supposedly a boxing sport, money is more than likely the name of the game. Another $23 million plus for Pacquiao means something for the government of the Philippines too,tax,etc. Why should others keep on looking for a fight with Mayweather when it’s almost non-forthcoming? With the Mexican boxing enthusiasts and fans we are almost sure that there will be a lot of money to have. I hope they don’t hate Bob Arum who actually made Manny a multi-millionaire and what he is today.  Manny Pacquiao said that he will not do what de la Hoya and Floyd Maywether did to Bob Arum. A positive Filipino trait of gratitude is still strong trait of Manny.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=750057462 Balangbang Di Nuwang

      “A positive Filipino trait of gratitude is still strong trait of Manny.” masunurin, ass-licking kahit mali.
      boring ang laban na ‘to. professional boxing = pera-pera lang.

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