It may not be Pacquiao/Mayweather, but Manny Pacquiao vs. Juan Manuel Marquez 3 has the potential to be one of the best fights of 2011. Set for November 12 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Pacquiao vs. Marquez III is the third in a series of controversial battles between the two fighters. The pair first met in 2004 – Pacquiao knocked Marquez down three times in the first round, but Marquez fought back and actually dominated in the middle rounds. In the end, the fight was scored a draw, which set up their second matchup in 2008.
Marquez entered as the Super Featherweight Champion but was knocked down in the third round by Pacquiao, and eventually fell in a split-decision – with the third round knockout proving the difference. Flash forward three years, and Pacquiao is the Welterweight WBO titleholder, and Marquez, who will be jumping up a weight class, is the WBO Lightweight champ. In other words, it’s the next best thing to Pacquiao vs. Mayweather.
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Some fans will choose to simply stay home and order the fight on HBO PPV. Others, perhaps eyeing a chance for a Vegas Trip and a Title Fight in the same weekend, will choose to splurge on Tickets to see Pacquiao vs. Marquez 3 live at the MGM Grand. And we do mean splurge – Pacquiao/Marquez Tickets are currently running over $400 just to get in the building, and anything close to the ring will cost upwards of a $1,000 and beyond. Considering the potential it has to be the best boxing match of 2011, though, maybe $1,000 for Pacquiao vs. Marquez III isn’t so outrageous.
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The styles of the two fighters set up perfectly for an all-out brawl, and neither man willingly accepts defeat – meaning someone might be getting carried out of the ring, rather than stumbling out of it after the fight. Pacquiao, who has more power and is five years younger, is considered the overwhelming favorite, but Marquez is tough as nails, and isn’t intimated by Pacquiao. It’s also his last real shot to do something significant, which means he’ll be desperate. And desperate men do great things sometimes. Of course, sometimes they get cold-cocked in the second round of a Championship Boxing Match. Either way, should make for an entertaining fight. Even if you are stuck watching from home.
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