The Marquez-Bradley fight In September is actually good for Pacquiao
By Miguel Alejandro Lopez: Many of those in Team Pacquiao, as well as those in the eight division world champion’s fan base, think that their hero is “sidelined” by Juan Manuel Marquez and Timothy Bradley when they decided to fight each other instead of the Filipino star.
At first glance, this may seem like an indication that Pacquiao is now on the outside looking in, while his past conquerors are now playing in his former kingdom. That’s the general impression, but there are many reasons to believe that the fight between El Dinamita and Desert Storm is actually good for Pacquiao. Here’s why:
Marquez and Bradley slugging it out will actually narrow down the possible opponents for Manny Pacquiao. If Bradley loses to Marquez, Tim Bradley’s luster will lessen and Pacquiao fighting him will no longer have much weight, since Bradley will no longer be holding the belt.
By beating Bradley, Marquez will be able to win his much wanted fifth championship in a different weight class. The Mexican may then opt to fight Pacquiao next, or retire for good (if he does the latter, the title will be vacant and will be easily up for grabs for Pacquiao).
Either way, the outcome of Marquez beating Bradley will signal the beginning of the end for both fighters. Meanwhile, Pacquiao will be staging a comeback in November, and if he wins convincingly against Alvarado or Rios, he will become the next logical contender or challenger for the welterweight championship (a title which will be held by the winner of Marquez-Bradley).
And if Alvarado’s WBO interim junior welterweight
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