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De La Hoya would love to see another Pacquiao-Marquez fight

/ 08:19 PM July 13, 2018

Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez. AP File Photo

KUALA LUMPUR — Oscar De La Hoya is intrigued with the idea of another duel between Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez.

The two rivals had an epic four-fight series ending with Marquez knocking Pacquiao out cold with one punch just before the bell sounded in the sixth round in 2012.

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“It would be great. Fight for the ages. If they fight again we know it’s gonna be another war,” De La Hoya told Filipino reporters on Thursday.

“People wanna see it, I would love to see it.”

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The first three duels were too close to call. 

Pacquiao and Marquez battled to a split draw in their first bout in 2004. Four years later, Pacquiao earned a split decision victory before eking out a majority decision win in 2011.

In the fourth installment, Pacquiao was in control up until he walked into Marquez’s crushing right hand.

A fifth showdown, though appealing to De La Hoya and many fight fans, is unlikely to happen with Marquez already retired.

Marquez, a former four-division champion, announced his retirement in 2017, three years after his last fight where he dominated Mike Alvarado.

Last year, Marquez also reportedly refused to fight Pacquiao despite being offer $100 million.

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