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Twice before, Manny Pacman and Juan Manuel Marquez settled impressive action battles, both of which ended in debatable decisions. Baseball lines

There had been the 2004 draw in a featherweight championship fight that featured Marquez climbing off the canvas three times in the 1st round to blaze back, and Pacquiao’s 2008 split-decision victory to boast the junior light-weight title.

Both fights were highly adverse. Since their rematch, Pacquiao has moved upthru the light-weight, junior welterweight, welterweight and junior middleweight categoriesin transit to winning titles in a record 8 weight classes, while Marquez, a three-division champ, ultimately claimed the light championship he keeps nowadays. Baseball betting lines

But in his one step up to welterweight, Marquez was beatenin a lopsided decision loss to Floyd Mayweather Jr. In 2009.

Now Pacquiao ( 53-3-2, 38 KOs ) will defend his welterweight crown against Marquez ( 53-5-1, 39 KOs ), who has muscled up again, on Saturday evening at the MGM Grand Garden Casinoin a much-anticipated third clash.

But even taking into account the closeness of their first 2 battles, Manny Pacquiao– who has been fighting and dominating top welterweights since devastating the heavily favored De La Hoya and sending him into retirement in December 2008 — is a heavy fave in Chapter Three.

Last week, the stakes were beefed-up when Mayweather, whose potential confrontation with Pacquiao has been brewing for years and looms as boxing’s greatest-money fight ever, claimed he intended to fight on May Five at the MGM Grand, ideally against Manny. But Pacman, clearly, has to win or the sport’s largest fight would go down the tubes.

But take a second to contemplate this : What occurs if Marquez walks away with a victory?

Although the MGM bookies lists him as about a 9-1 underdog — a big long shot by boxing standards — the Mexican boxer has given the Filipino icon the toughest fights of his recent career, apart from Pacquiao’s last loss– a close decision to Erik Morales in a 2005 junior light-weight bout.

Clearly, Juan Manuelknows the right way to fight Pacquiao.

Should Marquez win, the very next step would appear pretty clear : Top Rank’s Bob Arum, who promotes Pacquiao and signed Marquez for this fight, holds a choice for a fast rematch, which would theoretically happen next year.

Arum guaranteed Marquez $5 million for Saturday night’s fight ( and an upside of the pay-per-view profits ). If Marquez wins and the option is exercised, Arum would owe him $10 million on the rematch and a far more generous slice of the PPV money.

Pacquiao and Marquez would be 1-1-1 against one another and would most probably even things out with a 4th fight, something uncommon in modern boxing.

If Pacquiao-Marquez III is another entertaining fight, as their first two bouts were, Pacquiao and Marquez can elaborate their reps, announced Mark Taffet, who oversees HBO PPV and has been concerned in nearly all of their enormous fights.

If Pacquiao happens to lose, though , Manny Pacquiao’s coach: Roach, declared that his fighter may not need a 4th fight with Marquez after all.

“You get more offers off losses than a win sometimes,” Roach related.

Then he cracked a grin, giggled and expounded, “Maybe then Mayweather will fight us.”

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