Well-respected boxing trainer, Nacho Beristain, is still upset about the way things went down when Juan Manuel Marquez and Manny Pacquiao squared up last November. And he took a few shots at the WBO welterweight champion during an interview with Ben Jacobs.
“Everybody knows that Pacquiao lost that third fight, including Pacquiao himself and the President of the Philippines,” Beristain said. “Manny Pacquiao is a talented and courageous fighter. He doesn’t fear anyone, he works and trains like a professional but perhaps his promoters are trying to get him to recover from his last fight and they feel that now is not the time for a 4th fight with Marquez. … I think that nowadays we lack some kind of authority which would prevent what happened to Juan Manuel Marquez in all three fights with Pacquiao.”
Pacquiao’s performance against Juan Manuel Marquez certainly wasn’t impressive, and the ring-side judges’ decision to give him the majority-decision rubbed many boxing fans the wrong way. Pacquiao’s win against Marquez did keep the possibility of a potential mega-fight against WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather intact. But boxing fans were disappointed once again, when both parties failed to reach agreeable terms.
Manny Pacquiao is now scheduled to face undefeated Timothy Bradley on June 9, and his camp has talked about a potential fourth fight against Marquez, if he emerges victorious against the WBO light welterweight champion.
Under normal circumstances, I would confidently put money on Pacquiao getting past Bradley, but it’s pretty hard to judge how focused the Filipino congressman is right now. Pacquiao received a lot of negative publicity after his controversial decision against Marquez, and some of the excuses he came up with during negotiations with Mayweather certainly didn’t help (claiming a cut would prevent him from fighting in May among other things). To make things worse, Pacquiao’s legal problems in the Philippines continue to grow.
Given how hungry Bradley is right now, Pacquiao will be in for a long night if he carries his problems into the boxing ring in June. Fortunately for him, he’ll probably get the decision regardless of what happens inside the ring, and Bradley will have to finish him if he wants to walk away victorious.
Chris Robinson, “Nacho: Bradley Will Make Things Difficult For Pacquiao”
David is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and boxing practitioner who has watched and studied MMA for the past 9 years. Send him your questions @davidkingwriter.