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- Maidana throwing 100 punches per round in training for Mayweather
- Kell Brook’s trainer doesn’t want him to take an easy fight on December 6th
- Deontay Wilder not worried about Stiverne’s power
- Maidana, Santa Cruz & Angulo quotes ahead of "Mayhem: Mayweather vs. Maidana 2"
- Kiwitt Back On Home Soil
- Frankie De Alba Headlines on Saturday, October 4 at Valley Forge Casino & Resort
- Undefeated Mexican Future Stars In WBF Title Fights
- STALKER TO FACE JENKINS IN BRITISH TITLE ELIMINATOR ON MAGNIFICENT SEVEN CARD
- Heavyweight hopeful Otto Wallin returns on August 30
- Philippine Supreme Court issues temporary restraining order in Manny Pacquiao tax case
Manny Pacquiao vs. JM Marquez IV: Will cuatro “sinko” at the bank?
By Joseph Herron / On December 8th, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, eight division world champion Manny Pacquiao (54-4-2, 38 KOs) will attempt to defeat Mexican legend Juan Manuel Marquez (54-6-1, 39 KOs) for a third consecutive time.
Although every meeting between the two future Hall of Famers have been riddled with controversy, the all time great trilogy has given fight fans around the world many memorable flashes of elite level action.
Despite the popularity of both fighters, most fight fans are divided regarding their support of the scheduled event. But realistically, what choices were Pacquiao and Top Rank left with?
Whereas most casual and die-hard fight fans are in agreement concerning whom they would prefer to see Pacquiao face in the ring on December 8th, that distinction has never been solely on the shoulders of Manny or the Top Rank brass; contrary to popular belief.
And while Palm Springs resident Tim Bradley won the Pac-Man’s WBO Welterweight title this past June, most fight fans are in congruence regarding the validity of the controversial “Split Decision” victory. Even after two consecutive losses to Pacquiao, a fourth bout with JMM still holds more credibility with the boxing faithful than a rematch with the current Welterweight title holder.
Even though the actions of Miguel Cotto, in selecting a young and hungry title holder within the packed Junior Middleweight division as his December 1st adversary, are truly admirable and note worthy, a fresh face or relative unknown more than likely wouldn’t be able to support the kind of big PPV numbers that Manny and company have grown accustomed to generating.
Hence the decision to face all time great and Mexican fight legend Juan Manuel Marquez for a fourth time.
But…will the calculated decision pay off at the bank?
If previous numbers are any indicator as to whether or not Manny is still a huge PPV and box office draw, “Pacquiao/Marquez IV” will do terrific numbers at the gate and in the homes of die hard and casual fight fans.
Even when facing a relative unknown to most casual sports fans, like Tim Bradley, Manny generated an impressive live gate of $8,963,180 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena from over 13,000 tickets sold, and notable PPV sales of over 900,000.
Because of the controversial ending to Pacquiao/Marquez III in November of 2011, Top Rank is hoping to exceed last November’s PPV numbers, which proved to be the Pac-Man’s highest PPV total with over 1.4 million buys.
Regardless of previous controversial fight results and the current public clamor for a huge event with Floyd Mayweather Jr., Manny Pacquiao still remains the sport’s 2nd biggest bread winner.
According to the Forbes “Annual Top 100 Highest Paid Athletes” list released in June of this year, Manny was deemed the second highest paid athlete in the world behind Floyd “Money” Mayweather.
Pacquiao raked in over $62 Million this past fiscal year, which was almost a cool $10 Million more than LeBron James’ total earnings in salary and endorsements.
Love him or hate him, Manny is still Manny among casual and die-hard fight fans. So expect another blockbuster when Pacquiao/Marquez IV rolls around on December 8th!!
- Results from “Path to Glory SD Style” San Diego, CA
- Anthony Barnes takes out Darryl Fields with a first round KO
- Brook Upsets Porter to take home the title
- Figueroa stops Estrada in an exciting fight
- Dirrell wins rematch with Bika, takes home the belt
- Brook defeats Porter; Dirrell and Bika look poor; Figueroa toughs it out
- Deontay Wilder stops Gavern, wants Klitschko after Stiverne fight
- Robert Garcia impressed with Algieri’s talent level
- Brandon Rios vs. Ruslan Provodnikov in the works for November
- Alfredo Angulo not worried about September 13th fight against De La Rosa
- Cotto working on selecting his December 13th opponent
- Frampton will beat Kiko Martinez, says Santa Cruz
- Wladimir working with 15 sparring partners to get ready for Pulev
- Santa Cruz feels pressure of fighting in co-feature on Mayweather-Maidana 2 card