If Manny Pacquiao fans were given a single wish, it would probably be to see the Filipino congressman avenge his brutal knockout loss to Juan Manuel Marquez.
That’s because many of them still feel Pacquiao is the better boxer even though there’s nothing more decisive in boxing that a knockout victory, especially when the downed fighter remains face-down-backside-up minutes after getting knocked out cold by a hard right cross.
“Whenever people see me, they thank me for that punch and for the satisfaction,” Marquez said during the first episode of HBO’s 24/7: Marquez vs. Bradley. “They thank me for bringing them so much happiness. That makes me happy too.”
While Marquez’ fans — and “Pacman” haters — thoroughly enjoyed watching Manny’s obnoxiously loyal followers get silenced once and for all last December, it was a traumatic experience for Pacquiao loyalists as the man they’d proclaimed was the pound-for-pound best in the sport for years succumbed to a man who had already been bested by the man hardcore boxing fans have always known is the real pound-for-pound king, Floyd Mayweather.
So emotional, Pacquiao fans went through the three stages of grief like most folks who have witnessed life’s worst horrors often do.
Still struggling with the reality that Pacquiao will never reclaim the lofty status he once held as one of boxing’s best, Manny’s fans remain hopeful that the two men will eventually meet again for a fifth fight.
Unfortunately for them, 10 months after his historic victory against Pacquiao, Marquez hasn’t budged on his stance that Pacquiao doesn’t deserve a rematch.
“Why doesn’t a fifth fight with Pacquiao interest me? Because whenever they mention Manny Pacquiao’s name, they will need to add that the [so-called] best pound-for-pound fighter was knocked out by Juan Manuel Marquez,” Dinamita added.”I’d rather keep this feeling and this satisfaction.”
It’s hard to fault Marquez for his stance given the fact one could argue that he received raw deals after his first three fights against Pacquiao.
Heading into the fourth fight, Marquez was 0-2-1 against a man he certainly felt he had already bested multiple times, so it’s easy to understand his reluctance to tempt fate with the Nevada State Athletic Commission’s judges, who would once again hold his destiny in their hands if he failed to stop Pacquiao during a fifth bout.
Given C.J. Ross’ awful 114-114 scorecard after Floyd Mayweather’s latest fight against Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and the gift decision given to Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. on Sept. 28, Marquez’ decision seems to be the smart move.