Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez need one more than Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier.
Three matches definitely won’t be enough to satisfy boxing fans after Saturday night’s controversial ending. Many feel that Marquez outfought Pacquiao and deserved the win, and at the very worst, the bout should end in a draw. Somehow, someway, the ringside judges gave Pacquiao the win with scores of 116-112 and 115-113.
You must see the fight from a totally different perspective sitting ringside. After all, that’s the only logical explanation for Pacquiao’s victory other than that Las Vegas fixed the fight. The crowd chanted Marquez’s name as he stormed away furious after the ruling.
According to the Associated Press, Marquez let out his emotions after the shocking decision saying: “I got robbed. I don't know what else I can do to win.”
At 38 years old, Marquez can’t end on that note. He has to challenge Pacquiao again or he’ll lose sleep over the ruling for the rest of his life. Marquez felt like the judges cheated him in his last two fights with Pac-Man as well, so this loss is as painful as they come.
Who knows if Pacquiao would even be interested in fighting Marquez for a fourth time? Marquez may not even be interested. “I don’t know what else I can do to win,” doesn’t seem like someone gunning for another shot.
Still, Marquez must give it one more attempt because he definitely can defeat Pacquiao.
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David Daniels is a featured columnist at Bleacher Report and a syndicated writer. Follow him on Twitter.