Mendoza: Retirement is Arum’s call, not Pacquiao’s

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By Al S. Mendoza

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Saturday, January 5, 2013


TO THAT fifth fight being a possibility, Bob Arum, as I said, has made a strong hint of things to come when asked about it. He said, “Why not?”

I think that if Arum, Manny Pacquiao’s American promoter since 2006, will have his way, he’s more than willing to stage a Pacquiao-Marquez 5.

Money-wise, it will sell. Again.

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That’s because Pacquiao will always have his fans by side. One loss for their idol is
not enough to extinguish the fan fire in their hearts that easily.

I say one loss as I refer mainly to that sixth-round shocker of a knockout inflicted by Marquez on Pacquiao on Dec. 9 (PHL Time) in Las Vegas, Nevada.

It was a shocker of monumental proportions because Pacquiao getting knocked out was totally unexpected—almost.

Well, as I had said a while back, it happened because that has always been the way of a lucky punch. When it comes, it shocks us. Its unexpectedness is usually the result of two fighters banging each other, trying to annihilate each other with all kinds of shots.

When all offense takes over in a fight, that fight has no more science. When a bout deteriorates into a brawl, defense dies a natural death. Thus, the one landing the big blow from Timbuktu wins it. It doesn’t have to be timed properly. The wilder the shot becomes, the better, the deadlier. Marquez’s rogue right hit Pacquiao’s KO zone dead center and, boom!, it was over.

Before that debacle was the controversial points defeat suffered by Pacquiao at the hands of Tim Bradley middle of 2012.

That was a fluke of a win for Bradley, who definitely got a free lift from the judges.

Pacquiao knew that. Arum knew that. They both knew it was useless to stage a rematch. It will again be a dud at the tills.

And so, because the fourth fight produced record sales anew on all fronts, Arum is giddy again to pit Pacquiao and Marquez. But first, he wants Pacquiao to have a thorough brain scan before talks start.

Of course. That’s just a ploy to camouflage his blockbuster bout for 2013.

So, who said Pacquiao is retiring this year?

Quit yakking, Mommy D. Arum rules.

(alsol47@yahoo.com)

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on January 05, 2013.

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