On the red corner is the Philippines and on the blue corner is Mexico! Miss Universe Philippines 2012, Janine Tugonon and Miss Universe Mexico 2012, Karina Gonzalez, pose with fighters Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez at the fighters final Press Conference, in Las Vegas, Nevada on Wednesday, December 5, 2012.
The Pacquiao-Marquez fight will be on Saturday, November 7 in Las Vegas. Pacquiao (54-4-2, 38 KOs) has won two of the three meetings. Marquez is hoping the outcome will be different this time. The first fight, in 2004, ended in a draw after Marquez fought back from three first-round knockdowns. Is somehow the rivalry of the two reflects the reality at Miss Universe? Both Mexico and the Philippines have two Miss Universe crowns. Both countries have struggled in the early 2000s and are now experiencing a comeback.
Mexico and the Philippines can also claim that beauty pageants and boxing are part of the national culture with significant number of fans for both. Will the outcome of the Pacquiao-Marquez fight influence the way the judges look at Janine and Karina? Will it be some sort of preview? What would say if these two ladies are the last two standing? And more importantly, who do you think will win? Pacquiao or Marquez? Janine or Karina?