Marquez sets up Pacquiao high five, which is a blow

Mexican legend Juan Manuel Marquez looks likely to meet Manny Pacquiao for a fifth fight even though the public is generally not interested nor will it generate much income. But the fighters have few options because of promotional and TV politics. The fight everyone still really wants to see is Pacquiao against Floyd “Money” Mayweather.  

Marquez made way for another clash with Pacquiao by soundly outpointing Mike Alvarado at the Fabulous Forum in Inglewood, California, on Saturday.  

It was a WBO welterweight eliminator and by winning, Marquez became the mandatory challenger to Pacquiao, who holds the WBO belt, which was won when he took revenge on Timothy Bradley last month.  

At least boxing fans have a genuine huge contest to look forward to next month, the highly anticipated showdown between superstars Sergio Martinez and Miguel Cotto. The WBC middleweight title clash on June 7 is at New York’s iconic Madison Square Garden. 

Unlike yet another Marquez-Pacquiao encounter, this fight fans the chance to see two of boxing’s biggest names go at it in a genuine 50-50 fight. 

Cotto is bound to have the majority of the crowd behind him because Puerto Ricans come out in their masses to see him fight in New York.  

“It has been my dream to fight in the big room at Madison Square Garden, a place where many great fighters have showcased their talents,” said Martinez. “It is the biggest stage in the world and the world will be watching this fight.” 

Martinez is 39, six years older than Cotto, but is seen as the fresher of the two because he has been in few wars. The Argentinian is also naturally a bigger man and his punching power seems to have improved with age, not decreased. Neither fighter has fought for a year, but considering their wealth of experience and magnitude of this bout, there will be little evidence of ring rust.  

Whatever the outcome, it looks like it will be a classic.  

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Juan Manuel Marquez relishes another bout with Pacquiao but the public does not. – PHOTO: AP
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