Do we need to see Pacquiao -Marquez a fifth time?

Rich Mancuso

 Juan Manuel Marquez said in the ring Saturday night after his resounding and unanimous win over Mike Alvarado: “Finally in that fourth fight we obtained justice.” He responded to a question about his sixth round knockout over Manny Pacquiao in their last fight back in December of 2012.

So, Marquez, who is the number one contender, for Pacquiao’s WBO welterweight title, is expected to be the next opponent. However, that reference of justice makes one think otherwise that he wants that fight. More so, do fans need to see a Pacquiao-Marquez fifth encounter with a realization that justice for Marquez was served?

That inevitable question will be answered soon. Top Rank has rights to both fighters, and the promoter Bob Arum knows a fifth fight will be a revenue maker. Either way the fans will get to see bother fighters in the ring again soon, with different opponents or facing each other. Because there may not be other options for Pacquiao, who regained the title last month with a decisive win over Timothy Bradley, Marquez-Pacquiao appears to again be on the horizon.

You ask boxing fans. The consensus is, of course, they want to see that once promising encounter of Pacquiao facing Floyd Mayweather Jr. But with the never ending cold war between Arum, and Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer, the fight fans want to see will never happen.

Unless, Schaefer and Oscar De la Hoya split, and that is speculation, the fight could be possible. However, the Schaefer equation and working relationship with Mayweather are another reason why the fight is not possible.

With limited options and with Pacquiao nearing the end of his Hall of Fame career, the only possible opponent that makes sense is a fifth fight with Marquez. Before the decisive knockout there were three classic fights, two that could have went the way for Marquez.

Marquez got his justice and the overall sentiment was, the history between the two fighters was in the record books. Then something happened. Pacquiao continued his resurgence, regained the title, and Marquez kept fighting.

But, does a fifth fight, which indeed looks like a reality, deserve to be on the boxing calendar at some point in September or November?

 Marquez said, "I'm not making a decision on Pacquiao right now. I felt great in the fight and I know I did a great job, but let me see how I feel in a couple of weeks. I am not making a decision on a Pacquiao fight right away. I'm gonna rest and think about it."

No comment from Pacquiao who is attending to his business as the Congressman in the Philippines and dribbling a basketball.  He leaves the business to Arum, and of course Top Rank sees the revenue maker of a Pacquiao-Marquez V on pay-per-view.  Marquez rebounded with a good right against Alvarado after his previous split-decision loss to Bradley in October.

Arum said he was moving forward and will meet with Marquez and his team. He said, “Manny wants the fight so it is up to Marquez.” Of course Pacquiao would want that fight because the eight- time division champion does not want to enter the Hall of Fame with that blemish on his career, a knockout attributed to Marquez, his real adversary.

Mayweather is an adversary out of the ring, and until he and Pacquiao meet, there is still going to be a debate as to who is the best. But with Pacquiao and Marquez, there has been a decisive winner. The Marquez KO was the verdict and again, with no viable opponent for Pacquiao, unless he moves down a notch in weight, Marquez will be his next fight.

And for Arum and Top Rank, no matter what the fans want, a Pacquiao-Marquez fifth fight will do well at the gate and with pay-per-view revenue. So, look at this as the prelude to an unprecedented fifth fight in what will now be chronicled as not who the better fighter is.

It will be about how significant impact Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez have become for the sport of boxing. In the boxing business it has always been about the revenue, more so with pay-per-view and of course the legacy of two fighters.

Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez already established their legacies with the sport. It’s, 2-1-1 in their encounters. And if there is a Pacquiao win in number five, does that mean a sixth fight? With boxing thriving for attention and with the history of these two fighters who knows what the future holds.

Let’s wait and see where and when Pacquiao-Marquez will meet again on the calendar. Is the fight necessary? Yes and no because Marquez defeated Alvarado in the title eliminator fight, though Pacquiao and Marquez could refuse and take other opponents.

Chances are the fifth fight will occur. And boxing fans will accept the fight because there is a history and it will be another good one, more so for the followers of Pacquiao and Marquez.

“I don't know at the moment but any decision we will make will be good for me, good for my family and good for the Mexican fans,” commented Marquez. That put smiles on the face of Bob Arum who is competing well against his rival, Golden Boy. And with very few mega-fights to be made, another one with Pacquiao and Marquez will be accepted.

Boxing may not need to see another encounter, but there are no other options, and it will sell because with the exception of Mayweather in September, the mega-fight has to be found. In the weeks to come, get ready for Pacquiao-Marquez a fifth time to be announced.

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