Manny Pacquiao: How This Weekend's Fight Will Affect His Legacy

Kyle SkovCorrespondent IINovember 11, 2011

LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 07:  Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines greets the crowd before taking on Shane Mosley in the WBO welterweight title fight at MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 7, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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Win or lose this weekend against Juan Manuel Marquez in the third installment of their battle, little will change with Manny Pacquiao’s legacy.

Pacquiao will still go down as one of the best fighters of this generation.

He will also be regarded as the best pound-for-pound fighter this generation.

Pac-Man beat Marquez in their previous fight. This time around, a win will solidify his standing, but a loss will just simply be a loss.

The only fight at this time that would affect Pacquiao's legacy would be one against Floyd Mayweather Jr. Mayweather has an undefeated record, and he is the only test that Pacquiao really needs to go up against. If he beat “Money” Mayweather, that outcome would change both of their legacies.

But other than a fight with Mayweather, nothing will change Pacquiao’s legacy. Pac-Man has many reasons to be remembered.

Pacquiao has become a pop culture icon who has put boxing back into the mainstream at a time when it looked as if it would fall off, as mixed martial arts leagues have gained popularity.

Pacquiao is a face that people away from boxing know and will continue to recognize, making him a very important figure for boxing.

He also will be remembered as a political figure looking for change in his home country of the Philippines. Pacquiao was elected to a seat in Congress in 2010 and threw himself into the forefront of the public eye.

Fans should continue to call for a Mayweather-Pacquiao fight because this is the only thing that could affect either fighter's legacy.