'Pacman needs to beat Marquez convincingly'
MANILA, Philippines – Former world champion Roy Jones Jr. believes Floyd Mayweather Jr. doesn't have to face Manny Pacquiao soon as the Filipino champion still has a score to settle with another boxer.
Jones, who was once a boxing pound-for-pound champion, said Pacquiao will need to beat Juan Manuel Marquez in convincing fashion before pursuing Mayweather.
“Pacquiao still hasn’t truthfully settled the score with Juan Manuel Marquez. So how can you say Floyd needs this guy who has an open book with another guy still to cement his legacy?” said Jones in Examiner.
Pacquiao has already fought Marquez thrice, but all of their bouts ended in controversy.
He scored three first-round knockdowns versus Marquez in 2004, but the Mexican boxer rallied in the latter rounds to secure a draw.
Four years later, Pacquiao won the rematch by a mere point on one judge’s scorecard.
In their last fight, which took place in November, the Filipino fighter managed to pull off a majority decision in what many saw as the closest fight in their trilogy.
Pacquiao will again fight on June 9, this time against undefeated Timothy Bradley.
Mayweather, meanwhile, will face Miguel Cotto in Las Vegas on Saturday (Sunday in Manila).