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PACQUIAO-MARQUEZ REMATCH IS THE MOST LOGICAL CHOICE


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Most boxing fans would want to witness another face off between Manny Pacquiao and World Boxing Council super featherweight champion Juan Manuel Marquez. This is if in case Marquez hurdles American contender Rocky Juarez in their WBC super featherweight title fight on Nov. 3, 2007.

Freddie Roach admitted that a Marquez rematch would be a tough fight and that Pacquiao really does not encounter a problem making the 130-lb limit. Filipinos want to resolve once and for all an old controversy surrounding their first clash.

Rex ?Wakee? Salud said the Mexican?s asking price was huge enough and he does not attract so much followers just like what Morales and Barrera did. But with Morales and Barrera both now retiring, the only logical choice for a Mexican boxer left that can satisfy the people?s wishes is Marquez.

Even Pacquiao?s former manager Shelly Finkel said he is mulling over Pacquiao fighting the winner of the Marquez-Juarez bout next. Pacquiao fought to a draw with Marquez in May 8, 2004 after having knocked the Mexican boxer down three times in the first round of the 12-round featherweight title fight.

In a Pacquiao-Marquez rematch, the ?ifs? and ?buts? hounding the divisive draw will be answered if they meet anew. Expect fireworks to erupt and cash flowing in on pay-per-view when Ring Magazine Fighter of the Year collides against a Mexican. If pitted against other fighters, Marquez may not be saleable, but against the Filipino icon, the fight to a settle an old score is a box office hit.

The real obstacle for the undecided rematch could be again promotional conflict. The only other marketable Mexican available is Humberto Soto, a Bob Arum boy. If The PacMan fights a Top Rank boxer, Arum will harvest the promoter?s share unlike when Pacquiao will go against a Golden Boy boxer, the revenue will be split into both camps.

In the first Pacquiao battle, Marquez looked like he wouldn't last the first round when he was down thrice. The Mexican got up at the count of six from the third fall to the canvas. He survived the rest of the round then changed his strategies and added punching power in the middle rounds of a bloody fracas that was cheered by the crowd from start to finish. Both fighters were wounded at the end the breathtaking fight, Pacquiao was cut over his eye and Marquez was gashed from his nose and left eye.

There was misunderstanding with the official scoring after twelve sensational rounds. John Stewart scored the bout 115-110 for Pacquiao, Guy Jutras who gave 10 of the last 11 rounds to Marquez have it 115-110 for Marquez, and Burt Clements saw it a deadlock at 113-113.

The three judges scored the first round 10-7, and not 10-6, which is expected in a round in which three knockdowns are scored. A 10-6 first round for Pacquiao would have given the Filipino pug a split-decision win. The draw allows Marquez to keep his WBA and IBF featherweight titles.

The 34-year-old Marquez is a former champion at IBF / WBA featherweight division. Nicknamed ?Dimamita,? he won his first world title against Manuel Medina in 2003 and captured the IBF featherweight title. He then defeated Derrick Gainer later in the year to win the WBA title version.

In late 2006, Marquez captured the WBO featherweight crown defeating Thailand boxer Terdsak Jandaeng, and defending it against our very own boxer Jimrex Jaca with a nine round knockout in Hidalgo, Texas.

On March 17, 2007, Marquez became the WBC super featherweight champion by defeating Marco Antonio Barrera in Las Vegas by unanimous decision. His record now stands at 47-3-1 (35 KO?s). His losses were dealt by Javier Duran in his pro debut by disqualification, Freddie Norwood by unanimous decision in a WBA featherweight title fight, and by Chris John by unanimous decision when Marquez's scores were deducted twice for repeated low blows in rounds 10 and 11, losing the WBA featherweight title.


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