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How the Pacquaio-Marquez #3 Fight Was a Setup

Updated on December 23, 2011
Manny Pacquaio and Juan Manuel Marquez at a press conference before their 3rd fight
Manny Pacquaio and Juan Manuel Marquez at a press conference before their 3rd fight | Source

My Wife, A Pacquaio-Apologist, Crazy Theory!

The recent boxing fight between Manny Pacquaio and Juan Manuel Marquez may have been a setup. As hard as it is to believe, my wife thinks the fight was "fixed" so that Floyd "Money" Mayweather will somehow be convinced to fight Pacquaio in his (Mayweather) next fight. At first, I didn't believe what my wife was saying but with so many conspiracy theorists making crazy notions these days, this idea may NOT be so far-fetched.

Of course, I made the mistake to ask for her explanation.

During the past 4 years, the public's interest to have boxing's best pound-for-pound fighter Floyd Mayweather fight Filipino champ and current "darling" Pacquaio has been rising in what is billed as the most anticipated boxing match in years. My wife believes that Pacquaio's recent domination over Shane Mosley, Miguel Cotto, and Antonio Margarito may have made the undefeated Mayweather believe that facing the filipino fighter may result in defeat.

She has seen some of Mayweather's fights against Mosley, Marquez, and his recent bout with Victor Ortiz but she wasn't impressed. She said that he may have an outstanding defense but he couldn't withstand a barrage from "Pac Man." I did mention to her that Mayweather beat Marquez so bad that the Mexican fighter was contemplating retirement until Pacquaio picked him for his next fight. Despite of what I told her, she remained a staunch supporter of Pacquaio.

Now, some boxing experts believe that a Mayweather-Pacquaio match will be the richest fight ever, with either fighter earning at least $50 million and a pay-per-view fight that may be sold for as much as $100. You can bet that Las Vegas and the entire sporting world will be placing their money and their eyes on this dream matchup!

So why hasn't the fight occurred? There are many reasons why the Mayweather and Pacquaio fight hasn't happened. One, many believe that each fighter is "ducking one another" and they are too afraid to face one another. Two, each camp's promoter have failed to reach an agreement, knowing this fight has large implications to their fighter's image and major financial considerations. Three, Pacquaio may be "avoiding stringent drug tests" because some believe he is using performance enchancing drugs. Lastly, Mayweather is "afraid he might lose" to the filipino fighter because some believe he only agrees to fight someone if the odds favor him. For whatever inexplicable reason, the public has been denied one of boxing's greatest fights due to a myriad of excuses from both camps.

With all that in mind, my wife said that Pacquaio devised a plan where he would have a "poor performance" against Marquez in the third fight, as a ploy to lure Mayweather to fight him!


She explained Pacquaio's bad performance will signal to Mayweather that he (Pacquaio) is "beatable." As a result, Mayweather will finally be inspired to make this match with Pacquaio a reality, seeing his chances of winning may favor him.

Sounds crazy, I know.

I'm not convinced with my wife's theory. No boxer in their right mind will deliberately perform so badly in a fight just so that he can get a fight with another boxer?

Sounds ridiculous, right?

However, I am convinced that she's a Pacquaio-apologist who comes up with the craziest theory to side with her favorite fighter. If somehow Mayweather and Pacquaio can come to some type of agreement to actually fight one another, I can expect to hear "I told you so" up until the fight happens.

Oh these crazy "conspiracy theorists!"


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    • emilgen2011 profile image

      Gener and Emily Geminiano 6 years ago from The Land Where Salt is Abundant

      Great article here... I will be looking forward to read more of your sports "hub." Your spouse's theory is not "far-fetched," she might be even correct. Fighting with a lackadaisical performance will lure Mayweather for the dream fight and that will be good for the sport, and you know what I think the subpar performance of Pacquiao is made Mayweather comment for a future fight and it seems like he is ready to fight...

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      gconeyhiden 6 years ago from Brooklyn, N.Y.C. U.S.A

      I do think pacmans last performance against marquez will get mayweathers attention and may get him to sign but if you really know boxing you know no fighter is really unbeatable and that styles make fights. I didnt see the prior fights but in this fight marquez was oil to pacmans water. marquez lost to mayweather but he really didnt beat him up. the fight was never close to being stopped. and when mayweather did knock him down he couldnt finish him or even put him down again. i dont think your wife knows a whole lot about boxing. marquez is a very good fighter and pacman has always had trouble w this guy. the decision mayhave been "fixed" in pacmans favor because beloved champs are often given the close decisions. i had pacman losing this fight. it just wasnt his night. i see problems w pacman. he likes fighters who come straight at him and he doesnt like moving targets that can punch back.