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Garcia: Marquez shouldn’t fight Pacquiao again; he should face Mayweather

Floyd Mayweather Jr Juan Manuel Marquez Manny PacquiaoBy Chris Williams: Trainer Robert Garcia is recommending that Juan Manuel Marquez not bother facing Manny Pacquiao for a fifth fight later this year in September. Garcia thinks Marquez has nothing to gain from that fight other than money because he already knocked Pacquiao out cold in the 6th round in their fourth fight last December.

Garcia told “If I was Marquez, I wouldn’t fight the 5th fight. You already knocked him out cold, and 20 years, 50 years and 100 years from now, people will still be talking about how you knocked him out and you’re better than him. If they fight again and Manny beats him, because Pacquiao may beat him, what will people say? That punch was just a lucky punch. He [Marquez] could find just as big a fight against Mayweather.”

I agree with Garcia, only I think the danger for Marquez is from him losing another controversial decision rather than outright losing to Pacquiao. Marquez has already had three controversial decisions in his first three fights with the more popular Pacquiao, and it’s easy to see a scenario where the judges give Pacquiao another decision in a fight that Marquez dominates. Who needs that kind of risk?
Marquez has now got the size and the strength to compete against Floyd Mayweather Jr. now that he’s put on more muscle and added punching power.

Mayweather easily beat Marquez by a one-sided 12 round unanimous decision back in 2009, but Marquez’s body has changed a lot since that time. Besides that, Mayweather Jr. has slowed down since the last two years and he’s no longer able to move around the ring like he once did. Mayweather Jr. is more of a stationary fighter now and that means he would be open to getting hit by Marquez much more than he did four years ago.

Marquez will likely take the Pacquiao rematch because of how much money he’ll be offered for the fight. Top Rank promoter Bob Arum already said that he plans on staging the fight in Marquez’s former home country of Mexico, and that will give Marquez the hometown advantage over the Filipino in this fight.

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