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Atlas: Marquez beats Pacquiao if the judges don’t rob him again

Image: Atlas: Marquez beats Pacquiao if the judges don’t rob him againBy Chris Williams: ESPN analyst Teddy Atlas firmly believes that Juan Manuel Marquez deserved to win the last two fights with Manny Pacquiao after their first fight in 2004 was ruled a draw.

Atlas has no problems with the scoring of the first fight but he definitely does in the last two and he thinks Pacquiao shouldn’t have been given the decisions in both of those fights. Tonight, Atlas sees Marquez winning the fight, just as he has in the last two, but he questions whether the judges will give him the decision.

Atlas said to ESPN “Really the right question is who gets the decision. I think the guy that wins is the guy that won the last two fights and that’s Juan Manuel Marquez. He wins the fight again but these corrupt and incompetent judges that have been around in the business unfortunately for a long time, they they finally give it to the right guy? Marquez has won at least two out of the last three fights. The first fight was a draw and he lost the last two were decisions obviously for Pacquiao. I think Marquez won those last two fights, and the question is does he get it [this time]. The question isn’t who’s going to win; it’s who’s going to get the decision with these judges. I’m hoping that if Marquez does win again, as I said he won the last couple of times, that he actually gets it or the judges actually do their job. The fighters have done a good job but the judges haven’t done a good job. If the judges don’t rob him again, I think Marquez will be there to take the fourth fight.”

I don’t think the judges will give Marquez decision even if he dominates Pacquiao like he did in all three previous fights. I don’t agree with Atlas’s opinion that the first fight was a draw.

I had Marquez winning that one along with the last two. I tried to give Pacquiao the benefit of the doubt in those fights, but he simply was beaten by the smarter and better skilled fighter in Marquez. Pacquiao had the speed and power advantage in all three fights, but Marquez was the smarter guy and he knew how to take advantage of all the holes in Pacquiao’s game. It’s too bad Freddie Roach, Pacquiao’s trainer, didn’t fix those holes because they still exist today, but that’s how it goes when you stick it out with the same trainer for your entire career.

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