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Manny 'PacMan' Pacquiao in must-win situation tonight

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Tonight presents a crossroads in the career of eight time division champion Manny 'PacMan' Pacquiao. If he’s victorious in his rematch with Timothy Bradley, it would reaffirm his status as one of the elite fighters in boxing.

(Manny 'PacMan' Pacquiao pic courtesy of HBO)

But if he falls short, it will be his third loss in his last four fights and would put a serious cloud over 'PacMan's' boxing future.

Despite the fact that almost everyone outside of Timothy Bradley’s camp believes Manny Pacquiao won their first fight, the end result was a loss for Pacquiao.

Should he walk out of the ring again on April 12th as the loser, will he have any big fights left in his boxing career.

There would seemingly be no reason for Bradley to give Pacquiao a third fight since his record would be 2-0 against Manny. Although a fifth fight with his another rival, Juan Manuel Marquez, would be entertaining, Marquez may ultimately decline a fifth showdown because it would be impossible to top what he accomplished in their last fight when he knocked Pacquiao out cold.

Marquez, at first, refused a fifth fight but now insists he'd consider one more Pacquiao bout.  Of course, he must defeat Mike Alvarado this summer a viable PPV entity following his loss to Bradley. No easy task.

Also, a PacMan fight with Ruslan Provodnikov is an unlikely option since Provodnikov and Pacquiao are both trained by Freddie Roach.

The network/promotional cold war eliminate other possible entertaining fights that would be intriguing to boxing fans (such as Keith Thurman, Danny Garcia, Adrien Broner and Amir Khan).

So Pacquiao’s only option to get out of this predicament is to defeat Timothy Bradley.

Pacquiao stated during the recent HBO Face Off with Max Kellerman that he intends to be more aggressive and throw a lot more punches. If he’s able to get back to this style which helped him score three knock out victories over Oscar De La Hoya, Ricky Hatton and Miguel Cotto within an 11 month span from 2008 to 2009, then he has a great chance at defeating Bradley

If he can’t get back to that style, tonight could be the last time we see Manny Pacquiao as a significant prize fighter.


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