Rather than giving fans another “boring” fight against WBO light welterweight champion Timothy Bradley, Manny Pacquiao will battle Juan Manuel Marquez for a fourth time on December 8 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Bradley (29-0-0-1, 12 KOs) unwittingly stole Pacquiao’s belt when criminally incompetent judges handed him a split decision in June at the MGM Grand Arena in “Sin City.”
Roger “Pit” Perron is a venerable boxing trainer from Brockton (Mass.) who now works with Mike and Rich Cappiello at their gym, Cappiello Brothers Boxing and Training.
“The fight was an absolute disgrace. Pacquiao manhandled Bradley,” said Perron, 75, who worked in the 1980s with International Boxing Hall of Famer Marvelous Marvin Hagler at the Petronelli Brothers Gym. “Corrupt officials and decisions like this one are destroying boxing.”
In somewhat similar fashion prior to the Bradley bout, Pacquiao (54-4-2, 38 KOs) won an extremely debatable majority points victory over Marquez (54-6-1, 39 KOs) in their third scrap last November 12.
“I chose to fight Marquez because we have exciting fights,” said Pacquiao, 33, who has earned a draw and two conquests over the rugged Mexican since their initial meeting in May 2004. “If I had chosen to fight Bradley we would get a one-sided fight. It would be boring. What do I need to prove to Bradley? What do I need to prove to the fans with that fight? I did good in our last fight. The fight was one-sided.”
Meanwhile, Marquez, who last vacated the squared circle in April with a lopsided unanimous decision triumph over Ukrainian Serhiy Fedchenko in Mexico City, plans on being more aggressive to impress the judges’ when he next throws fists with “The Fighting Pride of the Philippines.”
“I know Pacquiao and he knows me,” said Marquez, 39, who has captured eight belts in six different weight classes and is currently ranked by Ring Magazine as the sixth preeminent prizefighter today. “I know I have to work on my speed, but maybe I have to go for the knockout. I will try to do that, and do it intelligently, but Pacquiao is very strong. I just know I need to change something. I don’t know what, but I need do something different this time because the judges don’t appreciate what I have been doing.”
Jeff Lyons is a boxing fanatic who possesses an encyclopedic knowledge of The Sweet Science. Lyons raved about Marquez and hailed him as one of the better boxers to ever enter the ring.
“Boxing legend, period,” said Lyons, 32, a resident of South Boston. “One of the top-ten Mexican fighters of all time for certain. Marquez would fight a man in a telephone booth.”
The 28-year-old Bradley, a former two-time light welterweight titlist who in the past overcame solid professionals Lamont Peterson and Devon Alexander, showed heart and grit by continuing to fight Pacquiao with a fractured left foot and severely sprained right ankle suffered during their 36-minute tussle in the summer.
Bradley, who is presently rated by Ring Magazine as the eighth pound-for-pound pugilist in the world, is tough and does deserve respect.
Indeed, Pacquiao’s contest against Bradley “was one-sided.”
Nevertheless, unfairly, the “Fighter of the Decade” for the 2000s by the BWAA officially left the ring as a loser.
Hence, “boring” or “exciting,” Manny Pacquiao does “need to prove to Bradley” he is the far superior prizefighter.by