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’24/7: Pacquiao vs. Marquez IV’ — Full Episode 1 Video

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Here in the Potato Nation we don’t take time to discuss boxing all too often. But we’d be remiss if we didn’t bring you HBO’s behind-the-scenes look at the next chapter of a rivalry that is already one of boxing’s greatest of all time.

On December 8th, Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez will fight one another for the fourth time in eight years. And no, this isn’t one of those boxing promoter scams where the same decrepit guys get rolled out in wheelchairs to fight one another, over and again, long after interest has died in the match up. Pacquiao and Marquez fill two of the top three pound-for-pound spots in boxing, in this writer’s opinion, and their first three fights have left fans clamoring for a fourth.

As episode 1 of this 24/7 documentary mini-series shows with footage and round-by-round analysis from the fighters, coaches and even a judge, all three fights were extremely close and could have gone one of three ways — a win for either man or a draw, as the first one did in May 2004. Since then, Pacquiao has gotten the nods, with a split-decision in 2008 and a majority decision last year.

Does Marquez, nearing 40, still have what it takes to push Pacquiao as much or more than we’ve seen anyone do in the past eight years or so? Will Pacquiao finally be able to finish Marquez — as he is, uncharacteristically, saying he will this time — and has Pac’s controversial loss to Timothy Bradley given him extra motivation to put on a brilliant performance in his return?

Only fight night will reveal the answers to those questions. For now, we’re having a lot of fun watching the lead-up.

- Elias Cepeda

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blaphtome- November 28, 2012 at 2:17 pm
NOPE! Did not watch the shit hype video, will not watch the fight. Done with boxing after that Bradley bullshit.
Fried Taco- November 28, 2012 at 11:38 am
I wouldn't let my kids watch this.
El Guapo- November 28, 2012 at 11:37 am
The fight fans actually want to see is Pacquiao-Mayweather. Nobody wants to see Bradley fight ANYBODY, let alone rematch Pacman. The biggest fight of his life and he fought a snoozer. The analogy of winning the battle but losing the war fits Bradley perfectly. He better save his money becuase I highly doubt he gets any more big fights.
Pen Fifteen- November 28, 2012 at 10:58 am
Who gives a shit? Why isn't Pacquiao rematching Bradley? That seems like the fight fans actually want to see.
Elias- November 28, 2012 at 11:17 am
No one wants to see that rematch. Pacquiao clearly won. He had a rematch clause. If he, the promoter or fans wanted it, it would have happened. It s a sham decision, we're moving on to the next fight between two pound for pound greats who have had three fights that were actually razor-thin close