Pac-Man should prevail

March 15, 2008 6:56 PM
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by Mark Mayer | It’s been four years from the first memorable meeting when Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez, who fought to a majority draw. Unfinished business could be finalized tonight at Mandalay Bay.

Pacquiao, rated by GamingToday boxing columnist Michael Katz as the second best fighter pound-for-pound in the world, puts his WBC Super Featherweight title on the line against Marquez. Caesars Palace has Pacquiao a -200 favorite, with Marquez a +170 underdog.

The bout is considered the final chapter in a trilogy of great Mexican challengers for Pacquiao in which he got the better of Marco Antonio Barrera and Erik Morales. The 29-year-old Filipino fighter is 45-3-2 with 35 knockouts.

Marquez was knocked down three times in the first round during the 2004 fight with Pacquiao, but rallied to come away with a majority draw. The 34-year-old Mexican is 47-3-1 with 34 KO. The fight will be televised on HBO Pay Per View. GT likes Pacquiao to come away with decision.