After last night's incredibly competitive and compelling third bout between Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez, Pacquiao's trainer Freddie Roach says that the Mexican star, who lost a hotly-debated majority decision, deserves a fourth fight with Manny:
"It was a very close fight. We were able to squeeze it out. I thought the fight was very close but Manny pulled out those last two rounds. Marquez stayed in counter-punching mode and when the rounds are close I will go with the aggressor. ... I think Marquez deserves a rematch. The fight was close. I think all of their fights will be close. Marquez fought very well."
Pacquiao won the fight on scores of 115-113, 116-112, and 114-114.
The question now is how much interest there is in a fourth fight. I think a lot of Pacquiao's fans, at least in America, really came into the Manny game and got to know him starting with the De La Hoya fight, so as aware as they are that Pacquiao and Marquez fought two times previously, I don't think this is old news to them. And anyway, Marquez's performance last night kept the question open: Who's really better?
It's a great rivalry, and personally I'd welcome a fourth fight, but what about you? Do you think there's enough unfinished business to warrant another 12 rounds between these two?