Pacquiao vs. Marquez 5
The fourth fight between Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez hasn’t even happened, and there’s already squabbling about Pacquiao-Marquez 5.
If the fourth time is, as the saying goes, the charm, what is the fifth time? That’s not rhetorical. I simply don’t know. Deep down inside, we wish everyone would get on the same page. But there are no pages on the Internet, so maybe that’s the problem.
Manny’s last fight, just in case anyone forgot, was his fight with Timothy Bradley; the fight with the unsatisfactory decision; the fight where a giant ticket for Pacquaio-Bradley 2 was displayed at the post-fight press conference; the fight where the ostensible winner appeared in a wheelchair.
If ever a fight cried out for resolution, it was the fight between Pacquiao and the guy in the wheelchair.
But for reasons still to be determined, the Pacquiao-Bradley rematch never got made. The new WBO welterweight champion sits on the shelf collecting dust, perhaps as penalty for speaking out, while the former WBO welterweight champion completes his quartet with Marquez and collects a paycheck.
Now that there’s a precedent for Pacquaio being on the losing end of a bad decision, there’s a real possibility that Marquez will finally get the victory he believes he has been unjustly denied. Many people without Marquez’s bias feel the same way, but Manny’s trainer, Freddie Roach, isn’t among them.
Responding to a statement made by Pacquiao’s promoter Bob Arum that “There is a possibility [of Manny and Marquez fighting a fifth time],” adding “Robinson and LaMotta fought six times,” Roach says he’s not interested, no matter how many times Robinson and LaMotta fought, in Pacquiao-Marquez 5.
“I thought Manny won all three fights,” Freddie told ESPN.com. “I don’t need a fourth fight to convince me. But after the last fight, where we got booed so loudly, I think he deserves the rematch and that’s why we’re here right now.”
There’s no telling who wins if Arum and Roach decide to fight it out. Freddie has Manny’s ear, but the Bobfather has Manny’s purse.
“It’s the last time,” Roach insisted. “We’re going to knock him out, end of story.”
We shall see. Let’s not forget, Robinson and LaMotta fought six times.