Welterweight titleholder Manny Pacquiao, widely considered the world’s best pound-for-pound boxer, is fighting recognized lightweight champion Juan Manuel Marquez on Saturday at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas (9 p.m. ET, HBO PPV, $54.99). While Pacquiao’s 147-pound title is at stake, the bout is taking place at a catchweight of 144 pounds.
It marks the third meeting between the two future Hall of Famers after a controversial draw in 2004 and a narrow split-decision victory for Pacquiao in 2008, though a strong case can be made that Marquez won both fights. While Pacquiao scored four knockdowns in their two meetings, it was Marquez who won the greater number of rounds.
The first fighter to capture world titles in eight different weight classes (from 112 to 154), Pacquiao ranks No. 1 in SI.com’s pound-for-pound ratings. Marquez, a champion at featherweight, super featherweight and lightweight, ranks No. 5.
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