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Pacquiao: I’m going to use in and out movement against Marquez

Juan Manuel Marquez Manny PacquiaoBy Chris Williams: Manny Pacquiao is supposed to be fighting with more aggression in his fourth fight with Juan Manuel Marquez next month after having failed to conclusively beat him in the three prior fights they had together. Pacquiao and trainer Freddie Roach think the key to beating Marquez is to be more aggressive in order to overwhelm the 39-year-old Marquez. It’s unclear why Roach and Pacquiao haven’t learned from the past that it doesn’t work that way.

You would think that they would figure out what time it is and go with another plan, but some people are a little slow in coming up with new ideas for fights. I guess if Pacquiao and Roach knew what works they would have tried it a long time ago and we wouldn’t have to be sitting through yet another fight between Pacquiao and Marquez.

Pacquiao said to the Latimes.com “Aggressiveness is the most important thing for this fight…Muy rapido. In and out, side by side. We have a Plan A and a Plan B. The plans are to pressure and counter him.”

I fail to see how this plan is any different than the three previous plans used by Pacquiao and that failed miserably. He did win his last two fights with Marquez, at least on the judges’ scorecards. However, many boxing fans to this day disagreed with the scoring of all three fights and had Marquez winning all of them. So those fights came down to two or three judges seeing Pacquiao as the winner, while countless numbers of fans saw it differently. That’s never good because it makes Pacquiao’s previous victories over Marquez kind of meaningless.

Pacquiao used the same side to side and in and out fighting style in the first two fights and it failed to work. Marquez simply waited for Pacquiao to stop jitter bugging around, wasting his energy and then tagged him each time he got near. Pacquiao looked silly in moving for no reason only to get tagged when he would stop moving.

In their last fight, Pacquiao didn’t do a lot of moving but that seemed more of a product of aging than anything. He doesn’t seem to be able to move anymore now that’s gotten older.

It sounds good Pacquiao talking about going back to his side to side, and in and out fighting style but the legs just don’t seem to be there anymore for the Filipino. It’s like an old basketball player promising a slam dunk when he can no longer jump high enough off the ground to dunk the ball anymore. If you look at Pacquiao’s last three fights you’ll notice that he’s become a plodder. He’s no longer moving side to side or in and out because his legs look wooden and heavy now with age.

Pacquiao talking about moving around the ring as being one of his plans seems kind of ridiculous given his last three fights. He might as well skip into Plan B already right off the bat because if quick rapid movement is his Plan A, then that’s definitely not something that’s going work out well for the Filipino in this fight or any fight.


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