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Grantland Network Podcast: Ring Theory

Many Pacquiao, Juan Manuel Marquez

For approximately 49 weeks out of the year, boxing is a niche sport with only a cult following. But when either Manny Pacquiao or Floyd Mayweather fights, boxing matters on the grander American sports landscape. (At least it does for a few days.) Well, Pacquiao is fighting this Saturday night. And he’s fighting an opponent who a lot of fans think has already beaten him. Twice.

Will Pacquiao’s third fight with Juan Manuel Marquez be the latest in a string of one-man shows for Pac-Man, or a down-to-the-wire battle like their first two clashes? Eric Raskin and Bill Dettloff attempt to answer that question, and tell you everything you need to know about the Pacquiao-Marquez saga. Broadcaster Rich Marotta also shares his insights. The Ring Theory co-hosts also give their opinions on whether last Saturday’s James Kirkland-Alfredo Angulo war is a Fight of the Year candidate, pay tribute to the great Joe Frazier, and put the careers of Apollo Creed, Ivan Drago, and Spider Rico in historical perspective.

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The Solid Verbal

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