In life everyone is guilty of selective hearing and it appears as though Juan Manuel Marquez is the latest athlete to fall victim of selective viewing. He is 1-2-1 against Pacquiao and has had recent delusions of grandeur that have led him to believe that he is 4-0 against The Pac Man.
He tells thaboxingvoice.com via youtube, “The last three fights with Manny, I won the fights. A lot of people know what happened in those fights. In the first fight, I won a close decision, but it was a draw? The second fight, I won another close decision—maybe two points, three points. In the third fight, I won very clearly…I won the four fights– why another fight?”
In reality; Pacquiao fought Marquez to a draw, a split decision win, another split decision win, then lost by knockout out in their 4th outing, when Marquez knocked out Pacquiao in the 6th round. He is clearly putting a lot of stock into finally winning after 4 tries. Pacquiao could have been bored and spaced out due to the repetitiveness of beating the same fighter.
Mayweather could be harping on that fact and maybe trying to wear Paquiao down with relentless mind games so that if a fight does actually take place, Pacquiao won’t be totally ready and focused. Boxing and MMA fighters are very keen on being physically ready to fight on the night of their fights. They watch their diet, sleep and exercise so that they are at maximum strength at the time of the fight. Without the proper timing, a fighter can find himself out of shape or still recovering from strenuous workouts at a time when they need to be ready to go to work.
It is likely that Marquez is suddenly bringing this to light because he feels he is better than Pacquiao and thinks that Mayweather should be setting up a fight with him instead of Pacqiauo. This could set up yet another Mayweather vs. “Not Pacquaio” fight if Mayweather decides to use Marquez as a way of continuing to avoid the shifty Filipino fighter.
Mayweather has already beaten Marquez by unanimous decision in 2009, but that hasn’t stopped Money May from fighting the same fighter over and over, so as to not face Pacquiao. Mayweather has already fought Marcos Maidana and Jose Luis Castillo multiple times, presumably in avoidance of The Pac Man.