Calling the ABC late-night talk show host “a good luck” charm, boxing legend Manny Pacquiao will make his seventh appearance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” Wednesday night.
The 33-year-old Pacquiao (54-4-2, 38 KOs), an eight-division titlist who debuted on Kimmel’s show in November 2009 a week before bludgeoning badass Miguel Cotto, is slated to scrap rugged Mexican “Dinamita” Juan Manuel Marquez for a fourth time on December 8 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Somewhat disconcerting for “The Fighting Pride of the Philippines,” Pacquiao most recently visited Kimmel in May a mere 16 days before having his WBO light welterweight belt stolen by criminally incompetent judges who awarded Timothy Bradley an insane split decision victory.
Meanwhile, the 39-year-old Marquez (54-6-1, 39 KOs), who has captured eight crowns in six different weight classes and is currently ranked by Ring Magazine as the sixth preeminent prizefighter today, last vacated the squared circle in April with a lopsided unanimous decision triumph over Ukrainian Serhiy Fedchenko in Mexico City.
Pacquiao, who has earned a draw and two conquests over Marquez since their initial meeting in May 2004, won an extremely debatable majority decision over “Dinamita” in their third clash last November 12 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.
“Marquez will beat Pacquiao this time,” said Perron, 75, who worked in the 1980s with International Boxing Hall of Famer Marvelous Marvin Hagler at the Petronelli Brothers Gym. “The first three fights could have gone either way and I think Manny has regressed lately. Marquez will win by split decision.”
Jeff Lyons is a boxing fanatic who possesses an encyclopedic knowledge of The Sweet Science.
Although Lyons has immense respect for Marquez, the South Bostonian disagrees with Perron and predicts that Manny will emerge triumphant.
“Manny by split decision,” said Lyons, 33, a resident of South Boston. “It’s a horrible fight for Manny because he matches up so poorly with JMM.”
In contrast to the extremely worthy opinions of Perron and Lyons, and with “good luck” from Jimmy Kimmel, expect Manny Pacquiao to finally overwhelm the graying Juan Manuel Marquez en route to a decisive triumph three weeks from this evening.by