Pacquiao vs Marquez 3 this coming November 12, 2011 at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Most preview and results predictions favors the Pacman over the Mexican warrior. They just could not agree on what round. Will Marquez last the distance now that they are fighting at 144 lbs, a weight that favors Pacquiao?
Pacquiao vs Marquez I and II
The first fight was a draw, though most observers believed Pacquiao won. One judge admitted later his scoring mistake, and that could have been the difference.
In the second fight, despite being knocked down in the first round, Marquez fought his way back garnering the admiration of fans and boxing experts. In fact, he won on many unofficial boxing scorecards, including that of Yahoo!. But the judges looked at it differently and those opinions and unofficial scorecards didn’t matter at all. In my book, Manny Pacquiao won them all.
Juan Manuel Marquez
Juan Manuel Marquez (53-5-1, 39 Knockouts) is a Mexican-born boxer who won eight world titles in three different boxing weight classes. Currently, Marquez is the WBO, WBA and Ring Magazine Lightweight Champion. He fought Pacquiao twice. Some quarters believed he won both, though officially, he drew the first and lost the second.
Marquez had long wanted to get a rematch with Pacquiao. After their second encounter Golden Boy immediately offered the winning camp $6 million for a trilogy. But Bob Arum wanted it to be baked for a while. Pacquiao even stated that the “business” was over, obviously referring to their catchy promotional title “Unfinished Business”.
Marquez attempted to move up at welterweight and fought Floyd Mayweather Jr., in the latter attempt for a comeback. But the Mexican’s effort was put to null as the undefeated Mayweather showed more class and executed his more superior boxing skills. Marquez lost by unanimous decision.
Emmanuel ‘Manny’ Pacquiao (53-3-2 38 by TKO) is an elite boxer who is an eight-division world champion. He started fighting at the light flyweight when he was sixteen. He moved up in weight and captured titles after titles. He is the first boxer in history to win ten world titles, win in eight weight divisions, and win the lineal championship in four different weight classes.
Ring Magazine rated him no.1 Pound-for-pound boxer, above the likes of Floyd Mayweather Jr, and Sergio Martinez. The Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA) also named Pacquiao as the “Fighter of the Decade” for the 2000′s. Accordingly, he is also a three-time The Ring and BWAA “Fighter of the Year”, winning the award in 2006, 2008, and 2009.
Pacquiao vs Marquez 3 Preview and Prediction
On paper, Pacquiao has the advantage at the heavier weight. He fought bigger guys like Cotto, Margarito and Mosley. His speed and power never deteriorated. Unlike Marquez, who admitted he lost the speed he wanted when he fought Mayweather at Welterweight, Pacquiao is at his best at 144 lbs.
A lot of boxing experts also pointed out that Marquez has a superior boxing intelligence, and it will be his key to victory against the Filipino fighter. Of course, Pacquiao fans will refute that. They were witness to what Manny did to erstwhile champions and future hall of famers like De La Hoya and Mosley. You can’t say intelligence will send you to victory when it’s the punch that will put you to sleep.
Age, speed and power will matter most here. Before Marquez can calculate his next strategy, Pacquiao will knock him out and put him to sleep not later than 3 rounds. Marquez should have believed Pacquiao when he said, “Business is over.”
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