Pacquiao vs. Marquez Fight: Why Pacman's Loss Hurts Boxing's Reputation

Justin WeltonAnalyst IIDecember 9, 2012

LAS VEGAS, NV - DECEMBER 08:  Manny Pacquiao lays face down on the mat after being knocked out in the sixth round as Juan Manuel Marquez celebrates during their welterweight bout at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on December 8, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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Manny Pacquiao got knocked out.

No, he didn't get knocked out by Floyd Mayweather in the fight we have been waiting to see for half a decade—he got knocked out by Juan Manuel Marquez.


The one fight even average fans want to see should never even happen, because Pacman lost for the second time in 2012.

Why should we even care about Mayweather and Pacquiao? Pacman's loss on Saturday night does way more damage to boxing than anything else. It hurts the reputation of the sport.

People will buy the pay-per-views, and people will get on their live streams, and people will flock social media for reasons I don't know. Boxing is somehow still popular, and even I was into all of the other fights, but I suddenly lost a lot of interest when Pacquiao lost to Timothy Bradley.

Since that happened I haven't cared about the sport. Now that Pacman has lost once again, this time via knockout in his fourth fight against Marquez—yes the fourth fight—why should I even care about anything the sport does going forward?

Will we see Marquez vs. Pacquiao for the fifth time? Isn't that as laughable as it gets?

Saturday night's knockout hurt Pacquiao's legacy more than anything, but it also damaged boxing's reputation on the side.

I mean, maybe Mayweather will see how Pacman's best days are long gone, so maybe he'll decide to step in the ring with him, but why should I watch?

Don't we know the end result? Is there any doubt Mayweather would demolish Pacquiao while taking him to school?

And if Mayweather were to lose, what would that say about him?

You can focus on matchups and strengths vs. weaknesses all you want, but I would only look at one conclusion if he did lose to Pacman: Mayweather would be over the hill as well.

So wouldn't that be great—two former stars who could have fought in their primes who are now fighting when they are well past it.

Sounds like our era of boxing, if you ask me.