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Marquez vs Bradley? Oh, well …


SO THE fights we want to see are not going to happen.

The road to revenge for Manny Pacquiao looks like it won’t happen soon as Timothy Bradley and Juan Manuel Marquez didn’t bite Bob Arum’s offers and decided to fight each other in September at the Thomas and Mack venue in Las Vegas.

Money talks loud and clear in professional sports and Bradley and Marquez can hedge all they want to get the prize money they like.

Bradley, whose win over Pacquiao was not decisive and was controversial at best, probably feels he’s on top of the world and deserves a better pay day against the man he supposedly beat.

The way fighters think is that they’ll risk a loss against a higher-rated, stronger or more popular fighter to go home with a reasonable purse that will make all the effort worth it.

Talking about Marquez, let’s think like fight fans and suspend momentarily our passion for Pacquiao. If you’re Marquez, you want to end the duel the way it ended in the fourth installment: A ferocious sixth-round wallop that floored Pacquiao.

It was precise, decisive and all in the flow of the fight. Marquez wants people to remember that knockout for all time.

The “lucky” part of that punch was that it came when Marquez needed it the most to get out of the predicament he was in. If there was at least one more full minute left in that round, Pacquiao would have finished off Marquez.

Despite all its emphasis on precision, timing and accuracy, boxing also has moments for unexpected lightning bolts. The “lucky” punch tag seems more like something you hear at ringside in a Filipino weekend fight and was on the lips of every Filipino who felt the pain of Pacquiao’s loss.

Marquez-Bradley? Well, here come the drumbeaters and Pacquiao will be an interesting, albeit unwilling, intervening variable in the mix. The promotion will hinge on the fact that both had conquered Pacquiao and now it’s time to see who is the better fighter.

Pacquiao will be queried endlessly about who he thinks will win and I wouldn’t be surprised if he gives a listless, polite answer.

This is a fight that Marquez should win.  He may not do it that easily because of the age factor but he is definitely stronger now and his confidence is at such a high level even if the Pacquiao conquest seems like a long time ago. A win like that does not leave a conquering warrior that easily.

Bradley may have squeezed out an impossible win against Pacquiao when they met but will not have the same experience and weapons as the Mexican known as El Dinamita.

Marquez is still a superb counterpuncher.  He may have not gotten that many big fights because of that tag but the conquest of Pacquiao has changed things even if it is indeed late in Marquez’s career.

We will have to wait again until all these bouts are over and done with before we get the ones we want. Pacquiao-Marquez V will only happen when the money sounds right for Marquez. Pacquiao-Bradley could happen if Bradley manages to beat Marquez.

Pacquiao-Floyd Mayweather Jr.? Well, aren’t we tired of writing and speculating about the possibility of this blockbuster? I really don’t know if it will ever happen.

There are too many financial roadblocks along the way and Mayweather seems to have all the excuses to avoid this fight.

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    Beating Pacquiao and refusing a rematch only shows how both Marquez and Bradley view their wins – they don’t think they can ever do it again. Sorry na lang din kay Manny if that was the cost of being unfocused, listless and careless.

  • koolkid_inthehouse

    Why are you calling that a ‘lucky punch’ when Marquez is always looking for that opening? You’re dumb as donkey writer too. Marquez is hurt at that time and all he is looking for is an opening and he precisely delivered that deadly blow.

    • Guest

      like what ive said before it was not a lucky win but a lucky escape.

    • Bulakenyo Ako

      Like what ive said before it was not a lucky punch but a lucky escape.

  • Rey Orcullo

    the pacman is already in the limelight…he accomplesh more than expected

    he is very pupolar boxer in the world ahead of every body out there

  • Roland Duca

    I think the PacMan should forget fighting those guys for now – Bradley, Marquez and Mayweather. Instead train well to beat convincingly Brandon Rios and then perhaps Alvarado. And aim for Saul Alvarez, if possible. Forget those guys who don’t want to fight. Beating those two guys, Alvarado and Rios will put PacMan back on the limelight. And those guys will come begging for a fight this time against the PacMan.

    But let me remind you that those two warriors, Rios and Alvarado are not easy to beat and are dangerous considering the age of PacMan and, admit it or not, the deterioration of PacMan’s reflexes and killer instinct.

    • Rey Orcullo

      the pacman is already in the limelight…he accomplesh more than expected

  • Alonzo Avelar

    Sev Sarmenta, I don’t get you Pac Fans, “If there
    was at least one more full minute left in that round, Pacquiao would have
    finished off Marquez”. Since when? Pac dropped Marquez 3 times in the same
    Rd in their first fight, Dropped Marquez in their second fight and in their 4th
    fight, after the 5th RD Pac never hurt Marquez again. So what’s all this BS
    about Pac was going to finish Marquez.

    You Pac fans can’t accept that your Champ got put to
    sleep. Lucky Punch, He Tripped, Marquez was on Steroids, did I forget any that
    you may want to add Sev Sarmenta?

    • AngLagay

      This guy, Sev Sendmoney… oppss sarmenta, is probably writing under the payroll of our jack of all trades boxer and big time absentee in congress.

    • Bulakenyo Ako

      Probably IF that KO did not come maybe just maybe Marquez would have been finished in the next round bec of his condition or by the decision of the ring doctor to stop the fight. It was really a one hell of a punch but still a lucky escape for the badly injured Marquez.

  • Leonardo L Torres

    was there really a true offer for marquez and bradley to fight pacquiao?or they were just a ploy to promote jmm vs bradley fight? did bob really want these two to face pacquiao this year? i really dont think so. let’s face it. bob is a genius when it comes to promoting his fighters. he knows pacquiao is now sliding down(skillwise and popularity base) after the KO he suffered from the hands of dinamita marquez. so why he will remain focus to promoting pacquiao as his main cash cow where in fact he has other two now who had capture an instant fame as both conquerors of pacquiao(one clearly and decisively while the other one has been made for business purposes only). and imagine the hype that can be built up if bob will manage to get the winner of this match up to face pacquiao again early next year! genius, indeed!

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