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Pacquiao: One final flourish


If I were to take it from colleague Chino Trinidad’s Facebook entries, Manny Pacquiao seems to tote a different, if not more relaxed, aura in training camp at the Wild Card Gym in Hollywood. The pictures Chino posted seemed to manifest just that: That childlike smile of being at home in the boxing environment.

The newfound passion for the Bible seems to have calmed down the kinetic Pacquiao, whose varied past interests and concerns appeared to distract him from his main line of work.

Chino feels that calm has, in effect, brought back the warrior instincts necessary for what will most likely be the last encounter with Juan Manuel Marquez.

Boxing fans may dismiss the upcoming Dec. 8 battle as nothing more than a moneymaking venture for two fighters who have run out of opponents. They can rant and complain but they’ll still watch the fight. Well, that’s the world of professional boxing for you: Promoters will make the best fight possible under the circumstances.

Bob Arum needed a fight for Pacquiao. Timothy Bradley was a dull, listless option despite—and because of—the controversial win over Pacquiao. Floyd Mayweather Jr. is securing the legend of his greatness in his mind. Many are no longer hopeful about Mayweather battling Pacquiao. If it comes, then let’s talk about it. If not, well, so what else is new?

Marquez was viable from a hunger standpoint and the pay-per-view angle. To this day, although not as vocal about it as before, Marquez believes he never lost a single fight against the Filipino champion.

Not the first one where Marquez rallied after being floored three times. Not the second or the third, where Pacquiao escaped with narrow margins. Marquez has one last chance to redeem himself and exorcise all the ghosts of past Pacquiao losses.

For Pacquiao, this fourth installment is perhaps the last chance for one final flourish to erase whatever Marquez claims and what the Pacquiao doubters believe. The buzz inside Pacquiao’s locker room after the third fight where I stood waiting to interview the Filipino champ was that we should accept that Marquez is the contra pelo, the one fighter who can go against anything Pacquiao can throw.

Try telling that to Pacquiao who will probably just dismiss the thought with that killer smile, that deadpan glare or with that new aura Chino is talking about.

This is it for these two rivals. No sense in having one more fight unless nobody else wants a piece of Pacquiao or Marquez. Perish the thought though: A Pacquiao-Marquez 5 would begin to sound like the endless Rocky sequels.

But this fourth installment should have been the one dubbed as Unfinished Business and not the second one. Our champion should end this Marquez business with one final flourish, one unforgettable performance like the ones against Ricky Hatton, Oscar De La Hoya, Miguel Cotto and Antonio Margarito.

If Mayweather still refuses to enter the ring after this, then let us all remember Pacquiao-Marquez 4 as the fight Pacquiao gave us to remember for all time.

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  • valsore

    Yes Manny, let this be a fight to remember, or it will be easy to forget you!

  • Paolo Hernandez

    di na ako manonood sa PPV…sayang pera ko…….may pirated mura pa. wla naman excitement sa laban ni pacman this coming dec.

    • riccisan

      buti ka pa may pambili kahit pirated :) ako youtube na lang

  • Paolo Hernandez

    nothing new sa mga sinasabi ni pacquiao….may plan a,b,c,d,e kung ano pang plan. in the end walang nangyari….its either talo or di kumbensido ang nanunuod na panalo si pacman. pera pera nalng ang labanan…..its time to retire.

  • jlarcilla

    The truth is that a boxer is only as good as his last fight.   He is not judged according to all of his past successes. He is only judged by his last (most recent) fight.

  • JACK

    pacquiao is hitting two birds with one stone…he will earn a lot of money, win or loss, at the same time, he will earn more money in congress even if not working…

  • philcruz

    Talk is cheap.  Actions speak louder. Knockouts speak the loudest.

  • curatolo

    Huwag nang umasa na lalaban si Mayweather kay Manny, alam natin lahat na takot sya kay Manny, kaya kung ano ano hinihingi na lam nya na hindi puedeng ibigay. Parang nagbebenta ka ng lumang bahay na ang presyo ay pang bagong mansion, ang ibig sabihin nun ayaw mo ibenta. Ganun din si Mayweather, hinihingi nya yung alam nya hindi puede. Kalimutan na natin si nayweather , puro porma lang yun !!!!!!!!!!

  • captainramius

    Pacman made promises before with his bout with Marquez and failed.  The only time he  has the chance to knock out this Mexican was what 8 years ago in the first round of their first fight . Now that he is older and not as fast and always worried of his opponent counter punching ability … this is another episode of their last 2 fights… boring.  The chance of Pacman losing is even greater or most likely to happen than his promise of knocking out the Mexican.

    • pinaglabanan

      parang di na tumanda si marquez since 8 years ago ? para may mai-comment lang eh noh?  

  • joshua kings

    yes, sev, you’re correct, this pacquiao-marquez 4 tiff is just but nothing more than a money-making venture for all parties concerned: pacquiao, marquez, bob arum, roach, PPV, and the mafia. the funny thing is there are still a lot of suckers in this world especially in the boxing arena.  me? no, i am not watching the dec 8 bout.

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