Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez agreeing to fight again was great for a variety of reasons. First and foremost, it ensured that fans wouldn’t have to suffer through a second showdown between Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley. On top of that, though, it all but guaranteed that everyone would get their money’s worth in terms of match quality.
Say what you will about the repetitiveness of seeing the same fight four times – there is no denying that each go-round has been extremely competitive. Who besides Marquez has a.) avoided running from Pacquiao in the ring and b.) so thoroughly challenged him for the entirety of several fights? Answer: nobody.
Again, contrary to what the doom and gloom crowd would have you believe, Dec. 8’s showdown has all the makings of a classic.
That being said, the fact that we have seen this act before does leave very little to the imagination. There can only be so much pre-fight hype when you are as familiar with the characters as we all are. And that’s why you’re seeing so much speculation about who Pacquiao will fight in 2013, despite the fact that he hasn’t even had his final bout of 2012 yet.
Earlier this year, after he defeated Mike Alvarado, Brandon Rios emerged as a very likely candidate to square off against the Filipino champ next. Following the initial hype surge regarding that prospective match, though, talk of it fizzled out. Maybe that’s just because there isnt much to analyze about a fight that hasn’t been made yet – or maybe it’s because it just doesn’t illicit much emotion from people. You will recall, nobody had any qualms when it came to discussing a Floyd Mayweather-Pacquiao match-up that hadn’t been agreed to yet.
This week, an interesting new potential Pacquiao foe was introduced to the world. Fresh off a big, face-mangling win over Andre Berto, Robert Guerrero made it known that he wanted a shot at Mayweather. As is usually the case when Mayweather’s name is brought up, somehow, Pacquiao’s name got added to the equation, too.
Check out what Alex Ariza told Boxing Scene recently:
Ariza said the win by Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero in a war with Andre Berto to retain his WBC welterweight interim title may earn Guerrero a possible fight with Pacquiao whom he has called out in the past unless a fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr materializes.
Ariza said that after watching the Guerrero-Berto fight he predicted a Pacquiao clash with 'The Ghost' would be “a good fight but Manny can handle the guy.”
Interesting sentiment. Obviously Ariza is biased, but he’s no dummy either. He more or less knows what he’s talking about when he carves out a position like this.
What do you think: could Pacquiao beat Guerrero? Could Guerrero beat Mayweather?