The fight the people want to see will not happen, a “superfight” between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr.
After Pacquiao defeated Timothy Bradley, Top Rank CEO Bob Arum said the winner between Juan Manuel Marquez and Mike Alvarado would face the Filipino congressman and superstar.
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The 40-year-old Marquez got back in the winners column — following a loss to Bradley — where he battered the younger Alvarado, with both fighters hitting the canvas once during the fight. After the fight, Alvarado looked worse for the wear, while Marquez looked like the younger, more chiseled fighter.
After his last fight with Pacquiao, many thought the Mexican was on performance enhancing drugs, and in his next fight against Bradley, the Californian requested strict drug testing, and there was a noticeable difference in Marquez’s physique against Bradley, looking smaller than he did against Pacquiao.
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But Saturday night’s fight looked like Marquez was back on his regimen (whatever it was) when he fought Pacquiao, with Marquez looking like part body builder/part fighter. (Marquez’s strength and conditioning coach was involved in a steroid scandal with former Olympic gold medalist Marion Jones, who was stripped of her medals after admitting to steroid use.)
PED’s aside, the win will set a date later this year between the Mexican and Filipino stars, making it the fifth time the two have shared a ring, with the fans not able to get the fight they’ve been asking for for years — Mayweather vs Pacquiao.
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That’s how it goes in boxing, with fighters not forced to fight the best in their divisions, and history never realizing if these fighters can compare to those of yesteryear.
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