Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Till Death Do Us Part

LAS VEGAS - NOVEMBER 14:  Manny Pacquiao celebrates his 12 round TKO victory against Miguel Cotto during their WBO welterweight title fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on November 14, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

I took Manny Pacquiao as my bride, had my love affair with Miguel Cotto, and left Miguel to sort things out with Manny.

With Manny looking like a total kung fu master in whooping Miguel - being on point with the footwork, timing, combinations and explosive power - things have come full circle.

I'm glad I ended my love affair with Miguel and came back to Manny.

It's now till death do us part, because I sense retirement is near for Pacman.

Manny Pacquiao has had his runs. He's had his trilogy with Erik Morales, and fights and rematches with Marco Antonio Barrera and Juan Manuel Marquez. He's had his interludes with Oscar Larios and Jorge Solis.

And what Pacquiao did between June 2008 and Saturday night - dismantling David Diaz, beating down Oscar De La Hoya, smashing Ricky Hatton, and mastering Cotto - was pure magic.

I now see Pacman fighting one to five more times before he hangs up the gloves.

If Manny Pacquiao has to fight just one bout and then retire, Mayweather-Pacquiao is it. Thankfully, Floyd Mayweather, Jr. has given the go ahead for negotiations to begin, although he's running his mouth about how the fight would put him in a no-win situation.

However, there's too much money and publicity involved for the fight not to happen, and when it does happen, we'll see master against scientist, fighter against boxer and puncher against striker.

Let there also be a rematch, and if necessary, a rubber match.

I can't wait.

P.S. Manny Pacquiao had passed by Juan Manuel Marquez when Pacquiao beat Oscar De La Hoya, but things have come full circle : Pacquiao-Marquez rubber match at 140 would be one of the most intriguing matches that can be made in boxing.

Pacquiao has become such a household name that he can carry a pay-per-view bout. And although an ever-improving Pacman would be totally favored in a third fight against Juan Ma, it's a chance for him to settle unfinished business.

For tying up loose ends, both fighters will be paid handsomely.

But what if Marquez wins the rubber match?

Let a fourth showdown decide the winner of the rivalry - once and for all.

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