I’ve been doing a lot of thinking lately and I’ve come to a conclusion: Don’t be too surprised if Manny Pacquiao retires after his fourth bout with Juan Manuel Marquez this Saturday, regardless of the outcome.
You might be thinking that I’ve suddenly lost it and I’m spouting nonsense, but please, stop for a moment and think about this: aside from Floyd Mayweather, is there any name out there that makes you say, “That would be a great fight for Pacquiao!”? I can’t think of any right now. Closest I might come is Tim Bradley, but no one in the welterweight division wants to bother with him so long as he continues to act like he won his bout with Manny back in June.
And aside from Juan Manuel Marquez, who out there has made Pacquiao look vulnerable in the past few years? Closest was Miguel Cotto for a few rounds but by round six he was just trying to survive to the final bell.
But we still have Marquez. Three times they’ve fought before. Three times boxing fans have come away with nothing close to a satisfying decision. I’ve watched those fights multiple times, in different languages and each time I come away with something different. We need something conclusive and hopefully, like the last bout was supposed to deliver, we will get it this time.
If Manny loses, that will be two fights in a row he’s lost (three, depending on how you scored the previous Marquez fight), he’ll have been pro for close to 20 years and he might see it as a sign that it’s time to move on and begin a new chapter in his life.
If he wins, what other than a ‘never-gonna-happen’ fight with Mayweather, is going to increase his status as an All-Time Great? Besides, everyone suspects that Robert Guerrero is going to get the Mayweather fight after his performance against Andre Berto last Saturday.
This is all just speculation and I could be wrong, but in case I’m not, I’ll be tuning in next Saturday night to see Manny Pacquiao fight for perhaps the last time.