Even though Manny Pacquiao is set to face Brandon Rios on Nov. 23, his handlers thoughts are still on his loss to Juan Manuel Marquez last December.
After going 0-2-1 in his first three bouts against Pacquiao — which I all scored in favor of Marquez, “Dinamita” avenged both losses in devastating fashion, knocking the Filipino congressman out cold, after trading knockdowns during the fight.
Pacquiao’s trainer Freddie Roach feels Marquez owes his prized pupil a rematch, since Manny gave the Mexican two rematches after winning their second bout (the first encounter between the two was ruled a draw).
“Yeah because the thing is before he won the last fight, he always wanted a rematch and now that it’s changed hands, he’s satisfied with the win,” Roach explained. “But the thing is I think we deserve one more shot back. If he doesn’t fight us I think he’s a [expletive].
If you’re wondering why Roach seems irritated with Marquez’ reluctance to give Manny a rematch, that’s because the Hall of Fame trainer feels a dominant performance against Juan would reinsert Pacquiao into the pound-for-pound conversation. He even thinks a super-fight against boxing’s current emperor Floyd Mayweather is still a possibility.
“If Manny is impressive, wins by knockout and impresses the world, I think people will start talking about that [Mayweather] fight again,” Roach added. “But at this point, seeing him get knocked out in his last fight, nobody is really pushing for that fight. I think a win over Marquez will push us a little bit closer.”
At the moment, Pacquiao vs. Marquez 5 is unlikely since the latter is content to walk away from the sport without ever squaring up against his arch rival again. Roach has every right to question Marquez’ heart for declining a fifth fight, but given the fact Juan was given raw deals by the judges after his first three fights against Pacquiao, most hardcore boxing fans probably won’t hold Dinamita’s decision against him.
As far a Mayweather vs. Pacquiao super-fight happening down the road, forget about it. There isn’t much of a demand for the fight at the moment because even casual boxing fans are starting to realize it wouldn’t be competitive in anyway. One fighter is great, while the other is just really good. Some hardcore fans might even say “really good” is an overstatement.