Manny Pacquiao has agreed to fight Juan Manuel Marquez for a fourth time.
Two sources close to the negotiations, but unauthorized to speak publicly about the deal, told the LA Times on September 12th that Pacquiao will fight Marquez on December 8th in Las Vegas.
"I think if Pacquiao gets in the best shape he can, we will finally close the book on Marquez," said Pacquiao's trainer Freddie Roach. So their heated rivalry will continue for one more fight.
The first three Pacquiao-Marquez fights were extremely close. Many boxing experts and fans thought that Marquez won the last fight. And Marquez had no problems with fighting at the catchweight of 144 pounds and he looked bulked up.
Marquez badly wants to fight Pacquiao again. Likewise, it would the best win of his career if he could finally defeat Pacquiao.
However, Pacquiao is fighting Marquez because he is running out of opponents. All the opponents he considered for this December bout involved fighting boxers he already fought before.
He was also considering fighting rematches with Timothy Bradley or Miguel Cotto. And the Cotto rematch fell through because the weigh was an issue.
Pacquiao-Marquez is a very risky bout for Pacquiao. He defeated Bradley, regardless of the bogus decision in his last fight. But, if he loses to Marquez that would still be two losses in the row.
And another loss would definitely ruin the chances of a Floyd Mayweather-Pacquiao fight from every happening.
Equally important, Pacquiao is nearing the end of his career.
"I'm running for Governor in 2013. It's hard to say when I will retire but I think it will be hard for me to be an executive and continue boxing," said Pacquiao.
So he does not have that many fights left in his career because he is serious about eventually transitioning to politics full time.
Regardless of who wins the fourth Pacquiao-Marquez bout. It's a fight all boxing fans should savor because it will be the last fight of one of the greatest boxing rivalries ever.
And the legendary Pacquiao only has a few years left in his boxing career before he hangs up his gloves forever.
Source: Yahoo sports