It’s absolutely true that if Joe Cortez had called the fight off after the third knock down, nobody would have criticized him and the idea that we would have the subsequent fight between these two great fighters would be far-fetched. Probably we wouldn’t have had Paquiao-Marquez two, three, and now four. But life is funny and so many things that happened in sports could go either way at a given time.
Three bouts, 36 rounds, 108 minutes of fighting have left these two men very much still in dispute. And in a cord on just one matter. Another meeting in the ring was required to settle the tale of Pacquiao and Marquez. A fourth collision is the only solution that remain.