Sunday, March 8, 2009

Pacquiao now wants Marquez

After years of hounding Pacquiao like a starved mongrel, Marquez is finally getting a shot on a third encounter with the current Pound for pount best fighter in the world. This, at least, is according to the latest comments issued by Pacquiao.

Pacquiao has been quoted as saying that he is willing to face Marquez for the third time to settle the score once and for all.

Pacquiao and Marquez' first two fights have been hounded by controversies following a Draw in the first fight and a Split-Decision favoring Pacquiao in the second contest. Both contests were closely contested that debates on who really won still rage on.

After his stunning victories against Joel Casamayor and Juan Diaz, both of whom who have never been stopped before, Marquez has definitely cemented his place among the best fighters in the world today. The title of Pound for pound best is now being challenged by Marquez, since Joe Calzaghe has announced his retirement.

Marquez, like Pacquiao, has climbed up in weight, fighting legitimate lightweight champions. What is amazing is how he has brought his power and intensity to this weight level. Pacquiao, on the other hand, has impressed fans and critics alike, going from Superfeatherweight to Lightweight to fighting in the Welterweight ranks. Pacquiao's last two fights were against David Diaz (Lightweight) and the legendary Golden Boy Oscar dela Hoya whom he upset and forced into submission.

However, many fans and critics argue that Marquez has fought the tougher fights going up in weight.

Boxing fans will continue to argue on who between the two is the better fighter. I for one believe that both fights should have been called a Draw.

Pacquiao-Marquez III, if pushed through this year, will definitely have Fight-of-the-Year potentials, and could even overshadow the explosive Diaz-Marquez fight.

I'm hoping that this matchup will materialize. Since Pacquiao has hinted that he will be retiring after two more fights, then Pacquiao-Marquez III would be a perfect ending to his illustrious career and go down in boxing's Hall of Fame as one of, if not, the greatest boxer of all-time.

This of course, can only happen after his fight with Ricky Hatton come May 2.

Pacquiao-Marquez III: The Final Showdown... Let's get it on!

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