VIENNA – If Manny Pacquiao next fights Antonio Margarito, then he is fighting the wrong Mexican.
I know I’m flipping my script here but I personally would much rather see Pacman finish his trilogy with Juan Manuel Marquez than to fight the cement handwraps boxer.
Actually, hosting a Pacman bout in Mexico would be pretty cool. There’s not much to dislike about business-industrial city Monterey unless you have an aversion to cabrito meaning goat meat from all parts of the goat.
But I am bothered by the possibility that the physically bigger, stronger Margocheato might KO Pacquiao. He might be the wrong guy with the wrong style at the wrong time for Manny.
I’d say it’s a distinct possibility.
I know Juan Ma, still wailing about having “beaten” Manny twice and coming away with a disputed draw and a disputed points loss, is engaged on July 31 in a rematch against Juan Diaz, the diminished future law student from Houston who comes off a desultory defeat at the popgun hands of Paulie Malignaggi.
Juan Ma figures to beat Diaz up a second time although certainly the Houstonian has made a good success of his young life, using boxing as a means to a college education and to possible futures in both law and politics.
Associated Press Photo – Through 24 rounds, Pacquiao holds the edge but Juan Manuel Marquez is worthy of a third crack at the Pinoy Idol, or so Michael Marley opines
I salute Diaz for his hard work in the library as much as his efforts in the gym. His story is a refreshing one but obviously, without avenging this loss to JMM, his ring career remains in a downward spiral and perhaps one of no return.
A third bout between Juan Ma and Pacman remains possible and it’s an inviting prospect.
Their next round will be Round 25 and I’ve no doubt it will be somewhat competitive although I see Manny still on an upward arc with Juan Ma skidding noticeably.
So maybe we’re all stuck with Margo-Pacman or a regurgitation of Cotto-Pacman. They seem to be the only dance partners in Bob Arum’s cupboard for November.
But, regardless of whether there is a Floyd Mayweather-Pacman bout in 2011 or not, put me down in favor for Marquez-Pacquiao III.
Juan Ma’s whining has been incredibly annoying, I admit.
But he and Manny made for some incredible excitement through 72 minutes of mostly action packed fighting.
Chapter III, the concluding one that puts the end punctuation on their rivalry, remains a more than worthwhile project.
It would be a wonderful bout for the Congressmanny to host in Manila.
Now feel free to talk among yourselves whether you assent or differ.
Juan Ma earned his chance for uno mas against Manny which is really more than I can truly say for Miguel or Antonio.