Originally Posted by rockdawg21
Yeah, Pac's camp has said that, but they go back & forth, probably mostly just to shake the negotiations with Floyd. Pac has said multiple times that it's over. However, there are a lot of Pac's fans who do want him to silence Marquez. Pac may have lost the striking battle in their last fight (that fight was at super featherweight and he already said before the fight it was his last time because he's struggling to cut), but he won't be tired from cutting weight if they meet at 140. Pac would steamroll Marquez at 140 IMO.
I also forgot Margarito is in the equation, but that's only if he can get licensed in the U.S.
Of course they go back and forth, it's crazy, lol. That's basically why everything that you hear needs double and triple checking, and also thought that comes from outside the box when discussing things that fighters like Floyd and Manny say. Just like with that interview where Floyd said he may take time off, if anybody really buys into that at face value they are nuts. The only way that is true is if negotiations with Pacquiao have fallen thorough, or there is some serious personal issue we don't know about yet. Otherwise, it's just talk that is meant to divert away from that line of questioning at the time.
I agree that Pac would steamroll Marquez at 140, and Marquez would take the payday in a heartbeat, but Pac would suffer some criticism for the timing of that decision, especially if he somehow lost the fight. Marquez is pretty much spent, and if he manages to beat Juan Diaz in their rematch, I think he will run into another brick wall if he goes after Amir Khan or Tim Bradley. Marquez waited to long to try and move up in weight, and even then he was only 143. Everybody crapped on Mayweather for weighing 146 against JMM, but the fight was sanctioned by the commission at 147. The little "pay-per-pound weight clause" was something added by the Maweather side in eleventh hour of negotiations in lieu of making the fight a catchweight fight on paper, because Floyd made it clear to GBP and JMM that he was fighting at 147 when they first offered the him fight after coming off his layoff. Why drop back down after almost 5 years for a fight you know you are likely going to dominate anyway? In Pac's case it would be, why drop back down at all to fight a guy who you've already beaten twice? A third Marquez fight would definitely draw well, but so would the Cotto rematch, and just about any fight with Pac's name on it at this point. Also, Bob Arum would much rather keep the money in-house by negotiating a Cotto re-match than having to work with GBP any more than he has too, in my opinion.