Manny Pacquiao, the iconic Filipino boxer who dropped a controversial decision to Timothy Bradley his last outing in June, will return to the ring on December 8th to face Juan Manuel Marquez for the 4th time. Pacquiao has won the first three fights with Marquez, but he has not been able to shake the resilient Mexican star, who has many supporters who feel like he does – that Pacquiao has not beaten him. The fight will take place in Mexico City this time around, and with Pacquiao coming off a loss, it will be interesting to see where the lines open for this match.
A lot of the luster has come off Pacquiao’s star, despite the fact that most observers feel he beat Bradley. Indicative of this is his fall from the top of most pound for pound lists. There has been talk of retirement, of gambling problems, of potential marital problems and a pissing contest with promoter Bob Arum over his strength and conditioning coach have all put a lot of pressure on Pacman.
And in their last outing, it is arguable that Marquez looked better than ever against Pacquiao.
Marquez has a place in the hall of fame already set aside, with a fabulous career that has the blemish of the Pacquiao bouts perhaps preventing him from getting into heady all time great territory. Marquez has put his legacy into this fight, and he is facing a Pacquiao who has started his decline.
Pacquiao is approaching the end of a fantastic career. Bottom line is that a win for Pacman will potentially set up a May 2013 match with Floyd Mayweather, potentially a final big money fight for Pacquiao.
Pacquiao will enter the match as a favorite at the sportsbooks, Somewhere between 2 to 1 and 3 to 1 is my initial read. It is hard to say where the actual will come in, as there is unlikely to be any Filipinos betting Marquez, well, about as many as Mexicans that are betting Pacquiao.
At the end of the day, you get paid if your guy gets his hand raised. Doesn’t matter what the odds are. And the match is still far away, however karma tells me this one will see MArquez get his hand raised on December 8th.