MANILA, Philippines – A columnist for Sports Illustrated said he sees no point in holding a fourth bout between Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez.
Sports Illustrated’s Chris Mannix said in his column “Inside Boxing” that he doesn’t see Pacquiao-Marquez IV getting any different from the first three fights.
“It was difficult to listen to the fighter's rhetoric and put any real stock in it. I will be more aggressive, Pacquiao vowed. This one will end in a knockout, Marquez declared. Really? Over 36 rounds, neither fighter was able to separate himself. Why will the next 12 be any different?” he said.
Pacquiao knocked down Marquez thrice in the first round of their fight in 2004. The Mexican fought back in the remaining rounds to hack out a controversial draw.
The two again figured in tight ring battles in 2008 and 2011 with Pacquiao winning by decisions. Both of those fights also ended in controversy.
“There will never be a conclusive ending to a Pacquiao-Marquez fight, so why bother?” said Mannix.
He said the real reason behind the rematch is that the Pacquiao-Marquez rivalry is a big sell in pay-per-view.
“Pacquiao is an aggressive volume puncher and Marquez is a brilliant counterpuncher who eats fighters like Pacquiao for breakfast. It sells tickets, brings in a passionate crowd and, most importantly, is a monster on pay-per-view: In 2008, Pacquiao-Marquez II generated 405,000 buys. In 2011, it was 1.25 million.”