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Pacquiao-Marquez 4 set…yawn

Ok, the fight will probably be good but there are plenty more matchups that would be better than a fourth bout between Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez.

I make it very clear that I am a huge boxing supporter even still with the state the sport right now. My uncle was a boxing promoter, my dad was a boxing promoter and trainer, and I pretty much spent my school nights doing homework in boxing gym when I was younger but right now I am just getting kind of sick of these crappy boxing matches that they are putting in front of me.

Boxing fans or not people love watching Manny Pacquiao fight because of his style and speed but a fourth fight against Juan Manuel Marquez is possibly the worst thing for boxing right now.

Sure, the first three fights were all interesting and all close. In 2004 the two met for the first time and had a split decision draw. The two met two more time in 2008 and 2011 and Pacquiao came up with split decision wins. Yes, there have been a few questions whether or not Pacquiao actually won the match but is it enough that Pacquiao simply says “I want to erase the doubt of the last three fights. There’s so many people still asking if I won the fights…I want to make this fight short. I want to knock him out.”

I really don’t think that too many people are questioning whether Pacquiao is actually better than Marquez. This fight just seems like a way to keep Pacquiao in the ring more than anything. People like to watch him fight and they want to watch him fight Floyd Mayweather Jr. but until that happens we are getting these filler fights.

Now, with all due respect to the sport of boxing, not all of these fights have been bad. Ricky Hatton, Miguel Cotto, Joshua Clottey, Antonio Margarito and Shane Mosley all put together very good fights against Pac Man since 2009 (well, Hatton was on his last leg and was knocked out in the second round but it was a good idea for a fight).

But before we get a fourth fight between Pacquiao and Marquez I would have loved to see a rematch against Timothy Bradley. A few months ago Pacquiao lost a split decision to Timothy Bradley for his first defeat since losing to Erik Moralez in 2005, Pacquiao was 15-0 since that fight. Honestly, he should have beaten Bradley too.

A rematch between those two would have been must-see television even as much as a fight against Mayweather would have been just because of the situation. Heck, I have been hoping for a rematch against Miguel Cotto since the moment their last fight ended because it was pretty entertaining. But for now, at least Pacquiao gets to keep some people interested in boxing with a fight, even if it is not against an opponent we really want to see.

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Corey Johns

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You could say Corey was born to become a sports journalist. His father won a national championship coaching college soccer. His mother is a baseball fanatic who hasn't missed seeing an Orioles game since 1983 (literally, sometimes it's annoying). His great uncle was a big-time boxing promoter and his maternal grandfather was once a department head at the Baltimore Sun. Basically, sports and journalism run through his blood. He played just about every little league sports there was when he was a kid and was a multi-sport athlete in high school; even playing in the first-ever high school sanction Rugby game in the country. Eventually he retired from sports as an undefeated Maryland state Rugby champion as a high school senior. Perhaps lack of athletic talent has more to do with the retirement, but he will tell you that it more had to do with a great desire to jump right into media. Upon his graduation from University of Maryland, Baltimore County as a triple communications major, Corey started the So Much Sports network and has continued to grow his websites and continues to work to make them premier sports media outlets.

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