From the moment that it was announced that Manny Pacquiao would tangle with Juan Manuel Marquez for a fourth time, a number of pundits in the boxing world (including some of my colleagues at Proboxing-fans.com) began groaning that the fight was a waste of time and money, a rehash of a rivalry that was old hat and could offer nothing new. Some of that complaining continued right up until fight night, and how wrong they were!
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I never thought this way, and honestly could not understand why anyone would. Quadrilogies are uncommon in boxing, but quadrilogies where both participants are still world class competitors in the same league and have unfinished business are an extreme rarity. Take the Rafael Marquez vs. Israel Vazquez quadrilogy, where Vazquez was a spent force by the time of the fourth installment. On that historical note alone, Marquez vs. Pacquiao IV promised to deliver.
Also, "new" can be overrated. Even if Pacquiao vs. Marquez h...