Pacquiao-Mayweather tiff dims

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Floyd Mayweather Jr., Manny Pacquiao, Pacquiao-Mayweather Fight

Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao. AP/INQUIRER FILE PHOTOS

HOLLYWOOD— Chances are Manny Pacquiao-Floyd Mayweather Jr. won’t happen in the near future.

With Pacquiao’s harrowing knockout loss to Mexican Juan Manuel Marquez here Saturday night (Sunday in Manila), the Filipino ring superstar not only lost his bargaining clout for a much-anticipated showdown with the unbeaten American, he also needs to whip himself into shape for his next outing.

And getting back at Marquez is Pacquiao’s priority now if the Mexican, who will turn 40 next year, agrees to a fifth bout where he is expected to get a bigger payday than the guaranteed $6 million for Pacquiao-Marquez IV.

Although Pacquiao, who was guaranteed $25 million, said he wants to fight again in April, his trainer Freddie Roach believes the Filipino should not rush things up.

According to the five-time Trainer of the Year, the priority is for his prized ward to take a complete rest for six months.

Roach said during the postfight press conference he would wait for a medical report on Pacquiao’s condition so he would know where to proceed.

He said he also needed to confer with Pacquiao to find out what his future plans were.

Pacquiao is committed to fighting into 2013 but not after that.

He could also fight Tim Bradley, who beat Pacquiao earlier this year. Or he could get lucky and seal a showdown with Mayweather who might now be willing to step up to the plate if he feels Pacquiao’s skills are deteriorating.

While Pacquiao claimed he was in one of the best shapes of his career, Marquez, who trained earlier and longer, showed the Filipino champ, at 33, was not as tough as before.

Marquez knocked down Pacquiao in the third round with a looping right shot to the face which the Filipino used to shrug off in the past.

Pacquiao did come back with fury in the fifth round and bloodied Marquez’s face. He was actually going for the kill when the Mexican nailed him with a right straight that sent him to Dreamland, face down, with a second left in the third round.

Pacquiao did not attend the post fight news conference after suffering his second consecutive loss for the first time in his career. He was taken to a nearby hospital as a “precaution,” said his camp.

He was treated and released after spending an hour getting checked by doctors.

What bigger guys like Antonio Margarito, Oscar De La Hoya, Shane Mosley, Miguel Cotto and Joshua Clottey failed to do, Marquez accomplished.

The worse scenario Team Pacquiao was bracing for was a close fight, with the officials tending to be sympathetic to Marquez.

Instead, Filipinos and boxing fans all over the world got the shock of their lives.

Pacquiao said he would be back to fight again.

But it is not that simple, boxing analysts said.

He will need ample rest, an impressive victory on his next bout to recover lost ground.

But the probability of a projected $200-million showdown with Mayweather is out of sight, at the moment, the same analysts said.

On the horizon is a fifth bout with Marquez or, maybe, a battle with rising star Brandon Rios.

The record for the longest rivalry in the sport is the six fights between Sugar Ray Robinson and Jake LaMotta in 1942-1951. Gene Tunney and Harry Grebb fought five times between 1922 and 1925. With reports from AFP

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  • ShineMother

    Mukhang hindi pa magreretiro si PacMan sa boxing. Ikaw ba naman, 8-division world champion ka, papayag ka na ang huling laban mo eh hindi ka lang basta natalo, umembang kapa sa lona? Iba ang mentality ng mga boksingero, palaban hanggat kaya pa-just how it’s supposed to be. Yan ang maganda kay Pacquiao.
    ~But this? This ain’t gonna happen. 

  • Karabukov

    Well, of course, the only logical opponent of Pacquiao is Marquez again. Then a last fight with Mayweather will wrap up his boxing career. After all, these two are older than him at 34: Marquez at ageless 39 and Mayweather at lazy 35.

    But even if he wins over these two I will still not vote for him as president.

  • kalikasanipagtanggol

    Kung ako kay floyd ay bibigyan ko ng rematch si marquez at para masubukan uli kung kaya pa ni floyd na talunin si dinamita! at kapag nilampaso ni floyd si dinamita ay mas lalo hindi na lalaban at magsasayang ng oras si money kay manny!

  • for_Prosperity

    True
    fighters like Manny Pacquiao can’t just quit after a loss. Even runners
    or basketball players give it another go for the last time. We know
    that boxing is a heavy sport that often results to injuries or worse,
    death. Manny knows that.

    MP is a humble story of “from rugs to riches” and that is because of
    boxing due to necessity. Boxing is his “true religion”. Yes, there are
    heaps of distractions like politics, tv shows, social events, and many
    more. If he wants to give it another go, I agree that he has to focus on
    boxing only to redeem himself. He has been wasted away by lots of
    distractions. I support another go for Manny. His Heart and his Pride
    will make him redeem himself. As we all know, he has helped a lot to put
    the Philippines on the map of the world. The only boxer who won 10
    titles in 8 different divisions (correct me if I’m wrong). NOTHING MORE
    TO PROVE, MANNY! But if you want to have another go at it to redeem
    yourself… only one thing… focus, focus, focus on boxing alone!

    PS. I would like to see that “sign of the cross”, kissing the Rosary,
    and a short prayer in the corner, when you fight again. That gives you
    the feeling of invincibility and courage. It may not matter to a lot of
    people but it helps a lot psychologically that the divine hands are
    there to guide you.

    ANOTHER GO! MABUHAY KA, MANNY PACQUIAO!

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