this fight would prob be real fire works.
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By Dan Ambrose:
In the latest boxing news, trainer Freddie Roach likes the idea of Manny Pacquiao fighting Juan Manuel Marquez for a third time, albeit at the full 147 pounds of the welterweight division without a catch weight to help Marquez bridge the gap.
It’s a fight that would be heavily tilted in Pacquiao’s favor due to the weight limit alone, and you have to wonder about Roach the way that he’s setting up the conditions for Marquez to take the fight.
Given that Pacquiao has been able to use his huge popularity to get other fighters to agree to catch weight handicaps to help him in the past year, it seems a little off putting that the favor isn’t being returned to Marquez, who clearly doesn’t have the ability to put on weight as easily as Pacquiao for some reason.
While Pacquiao is able to put on pure muscle very quickly, Marquez’s results have been far less impressive. When he attempted to bulk up to 143 pounds last year to fight Floyd Mayweather Jr, Marquez was visibly fat and slow at that weight.
Without a catch weight for Marquez to fight Pacquiao, the Filipino fighter would have a tremendous advantage over Marquez. It’s not exactly sporting given how bad Marquez looks at 143, and you have to wonder whether Roach feels that his fighter Pacquiao really needs this advantage in order to beat Marquez.
Pacquiao could easily strip off some of the extra bulk that he’s put on recently by not drinking so many of Alex Ariza’s weight gaining milkshakes and meet Marquez at a weight closer to 135, say 140. That would be a lot fairer, I think. If not, it’s just going to be another one-sided win for Pacquiao over a fighter not at his right weight.
Roach reportedly really wants Pacquiao to fight Marquez in order to clear up the mess from their other two fights in the past. Marquez appeared to beat Pacquiao twice, but was given a 12 draw in the first fight and a lost a controversial 12 round split decision in the second to Pacquiao.
By having Marquez fight at the full 147, Roach’s fighter will likely win easily but what good is it if he can’t fight Marquez closer to his own weight. To me, that’s like raising the bar to a level where you know your fighter is going to win without any problems. I don’t see that as very sporting at all.
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