They've engaged in two tight battles, and to this day, the outcomes are controversial.
So it makes sense that Manny Pacquiao will fight Juan Manuel Marquez for a third time. Pacman will glove up against the Mexican on November 12 at the MGM in Las Vegas, multiple outlets are reporting.
The contracted weight for the scrap will be 144 pounds, or less. The match reached fruition after Marquez' promoter, Golden Boy, passed on matching the terms offered by Pacquiao's promoter, Bob Arum. Pacquiao is at odds with Golden Boy, and is embroiled in a legal tangle with that outfit. He has launched a defamation suit against Golden Boy, for alleging that he used steroids, or another illegal performance enhancer.
In May 2004, Pacman and Marquez battled to a draw, at the MGM. Marquez was down three times in the first round, but held on for dear life, and came back to take the second half of the tussle. Pacman had his hand raised when they fought again in March 2008. The judges awarded the Filipino a split decision after a tight contest at the Mandalay Bay.
The first time, they clashed at the featherweight limit, the second time, at super featherweight. Since then, Pacquiao has jumped up in weight class, and has fought as a welterweight his last four battles. Marquez, meanwhile, looked out of his element when he jumped up to junior welterweight, against Floyd Mayweather, in September 2009.
Some pundits are saying that at this weight, the 37 year old Marquez won't have the same luck against Pacman, but to me, this guy just has Manny's number. At any weight, I think Marquez has the skills and strategy to give Pacman fits. What say you, TSS Universe?