Live discussion: What’s next for Manny Pacquiao?
People are still talking today about the stunning knockout of Manny Pacquiao at the hands of Juan Manuel Marquez on Saturday. Times columnist Bill Dwyre and boxing writer Lance Pugmire will discuss Pacquiao’s future today in a live Google+ Hangout at 10 a.m.
Is there a fifth Pacquiao-Marquez fight in the future? As Lance Pugmire wrote over the weekend,
“Marquez, at 39, might never have an opportunity to walk away from fighting on such a high after his dramatic moment of vindication that followed three bitter decisions against Pacquiao: two losses and a draw.
“Yet veteran promoter Bob Arum said he expects Marquez to return for a fight Arum believes is now the most wanted bout on the landscape: Marquez-Pacquiao V.
“It depends on how much money Marquez wants to make,” Arum said Sunday, assuring the Mexican fighter’s $6 million guaranteed purse from Saturday will be amplified because of his stunning performance. “Don’t be naive. He’ll be back.”
“Pacquiao, 33, was positioned to take a 57-55 lead on all three judges’ score cards after battering Marquez in the sixth round and rallying from his first knockdown since 2003 in the third round to knock Marquez to the canvas in the fifth.
“Then, Pacquiao came forward with a jab late in the sixth, and Marquez answered with what he called a “perfect punch,” a devastating right counter into Pacquiao’s jaw and nose that sent him slumping to the canvas, face-down.”
The live discussion will take place on this blog post beginning at 10 a.m. If you have a question for Dwyre or Pugmire, email it to email@example.com and we will try to answer it during the show.
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