Expect for Marquez to gobble up Pacquiao in November
By Van Dunn: Juan Manuel Marquez has apparently received his wish to get pound per pound king Manny “The Greatest” Pac-Man Pacquiao back into the ring for the third, and not the last time in November of this year. Yes, that’s right, you read it correctly. Pacquiao and Marquez will not only be fighting on November 12, 2011, but again for the fourth and final time later in the future, because I see Marquez as finally getting his much deserved “W” against an over hyped, and over confident Manny Pacquiao.
Don’t get me wrong, Manny Pacquiao is without a doubt a very good and exciting fighter, and he sits atop the boxing world as the current number one best fighter in the world, but unfortunately, Pacquiao has not been fighting the best competition in the world. Sure, Manny has moved up in weight to fight bigger guys, but he hasn’t moved up in weight to fight the most skillful guys, so what has he really been doing? Oscar De La Hoya no longer possessed one of the best jabs in boxing when Pac faced him. Antonio Margarito was no longer the so-called most avoided man in boxing when Pac faced him, and there was nothing sweet about how Sugar Shane Mosley was fighting when Pacquiao fought him. Ricky Hatton, and Miguel Cotto were very good wins for Pacquiao, and he deserves the benefit of a doubt there, but Pacquiao fighting Joshua Clottey doesn’t even deserve the time or attention to even speak on, but yet these are all of the recent fighters that Pacquiao has fought to be recognized as the world’s best.
Marquez on the other hand has continued to show his true grit as a boxer by fighting younger, livelier, and better quality competition than Pac, hence the competitive nature of his bouts. By better quality, I don’t mean better fighters, as Pac has definitely fought the bigger names, but Marquez has definitely fought guys with a lot more in the tank than Pac has. Marquez is also the stereotypical counter puncher and his style has, and still will prove fits for Pac. It was Pac that floored Marquez three times in the first round of their first match, but he was not able to put him away, because Marquez used his superb counter punching skills to battle all the way back into the fight. Pac’s fans may say that Pac is a much different and better fighter today, but I just don’t see it because Pacquiao still swings with reckless abandonment leaving himself open for big counter shots. Why did Team Pac fight Erik Morales in a quick three fight trilogy that were not that competitive, as opposed to fighting a much more competitive third match with Marquez? I will tell you why, it is because styles make fights. Roach and Arum have been masters at waiting for the right time to match Pacquiao against the right, hand picked opponents, but I am afraid that they may have made a miscalculation this time. Again, Marquez is a true counter puncher that will pick his spots and find the right time to catch his opponents, while Pacquiao continues to be a volume puncher who wastes a ton of energy. Marquez has been waiting too long to prove that he has the style and skills to dethrone Pac to let this opportunity pass him by, and these fights between Pac and Marquez are starting to remind me of the three fights between Antonio Tarver vs. Roy Jones Jr. Tarver knew that he had the style to give Roy fits, and he put a ton of public pressure on Roy to fight him. After Jones beat Tarver in their initial meeting, Tarver got his chance again, and he made Roy pay……this time, look for Marquez to make Pacquiao pay.