After some indications that Manny will fight David Diaz in the 135lb territory I was quite dreary about that situation… hardcore boxing fans like me wanted Pacquiao to settle the unfinished business he started against sturdy Mexican Juan Manuel Marquez.
Manny in his article in philboxing.com had some feelers that he wanted to face Marquez as a champion. So in that case all roads point to the WBC lightweight champ David Diaz and then a showdown with Marquez in July.
Marquez agreed to lower down his purse and even agreed in fighting a catch weight at 135lbs. since Manny in his last fight had a hard time making the 130lb weight limit.
Marquez is desperate to have a mega money fight with Pacquiao as he is turning 34 years old this January and with his fellow Mexican legends retiring (Morales and Barrera) this would be a one last hoorah for Marquez. And what better way to end a career with a bang and fat money on the pocket.
David Diaz is the supposed top contender since he is also promoted by Top rank… with lesser purse and lesser complications he is destined to fight Manny.
But with Lady Luck smiling on us, Golden boy offered a purse which made Manny and Bob Arum hard to resist. With about 99 percent sure this March 15 it would be Pacquiao-Marquez 2. This will surely spice up the internet wars and rivalry between the Filipino and Mexicans… but the sure winner would be us… the diehards boxing fanatico…