During their fourth savage affair last month, Pacquiao (54-5-2, 38 KOs) was knocked onto Queer Street by the 39-year-old Marquez (55-6-1, 40 KOs) at 2:59 of the sixth round.
In a genuinely scary scene, the 34-year-old Pacquiao, who had controversially earned a draw and two conquests over the ballooned Mexican since their first meeting in May 2004, remained motionless on the canvas for several minutes.
Accordingly, “The Fighting Pride of the Philippines,” who neurologist Dr. Rustico Jimenez recently observed to be exhibiting initial signs of Parkinson’s disease, had his boxing license suspended for 120 days by the Nevada Boxing Commission.
Entirely dismissing the concerns of the president of the Private Hospitals Association of the Philippines, Pacquiao’s promoter, corruptible weasel Bob Arum, remains determined to cement a fifth clash between the eight-division titlist and Marquez.
Pacquiao, who pocketed in excess of $20 million for what amounted to his second consecutive defeat, was voted “Fighter of the Decade” for the 2000s by the BWAA a few years ago.
Unfortunately for the once fearsome southpaw, Pacquiao, who will soon undergo tests at a brain clinic in Las Vegas, is now a shopworn scrapper who needs to permanently shelve his gloves.
If the famed Filipino doesn’t retire from the sport that helped him earn millions of dollars, Manny Pacquiao will likely become boxing’s next tragic figure.