What we don't know is who he will be squaring off against when the lights of the boxing world shine on one of the game's most electrifying talents.
My vote goes to Juan Manuel Marquez, a man Pacquiao has faced three times already in his career.
Their first bout, back in 2004, went 12 grueling rounds and ended in a controversial draw. Marquez was knocked down early and often during that initial bout, but he somehow toughed out 12 rounds due to his counterpunch style. This technique staved off Pacman's aggressiveness and allowed him to last the whole fight.
In 2008, Pacquiao ended up winning a split decision against Marquez, with the latter landing more punches throughout the fight. The key to the fight was a third-round knockdown of Marquez by Pacman.
Their last fight occurred in 2011 and saw Pacquiao win by a majority decision. There was controversy surrounding this particular decision, as certain pundits claimed Marquez was robbed. However, the stats showed that Pacman landed more strikes and power punches during the fight.
This is an important time for Pacquiao. He is coming off the controversy of the Bradley fight, so he is in need of a big victory against a strong opponent. That fight was an aberration in the truest sense of the word, so a rematch against him or someone of his ilk would not be in the best interest of the Filipino boxer.
A Marquez rematch would also do wonders for the sport of boxing. Pacquiao's last fight was a strong draw but didn't have the star power to make it must-see. (The duo's third fight in 2011 gained an impressive 1.4 million pay-per-view buys.)
Most people are holding out hope the Pacquiao will somehow work things out with Floyd Mayweather Jr.'s people and set up the fight of the century. Unfortunately, that fight seems less likely as the years pass.
They have a good thing going with Pacquiao-Marquez.
Why not squeeze one more good fight out of it?
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