Marquez not the ideal opponent for Pacquiao to be fighting next
By Eric Thomas: Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez could be back in the ring facing each other for a fifth time in either June or September next year. Bob Arum, Pacquiao’s promoter, is targeting those two dates as potential dates for what he wants to set up the Pacquiao-Marquez 5th fight and he’s already eyeing the Cowboys Stadium, in Arlington, Texas as the venue for the fight.
Marquez isn’t the type of fighter that Arum should be putting with Pacquiao, because we just saw Pacquiao knocked out by Marquez two weeks ago, and this wasn’t just a normal run of the mill type of knockout loss for Pacquiao. He was knocked completely out by Marquez when Pacquiao ran up onto a right hand in the 6th round from Marquez and Pacquiao was immediately flattened for the 10 count.
They could have counted to 120 because that’s about how long it was before Pacquiao finally regained consciousness. He was badly hurt by the huge right hand Marquez landed.
This is why it’s really not a great idea for Arum to be matching Marquez and Pacquiao, because Marquez’s power is so good now, and he’s able to take advantage of all the holes that Pacquiao presents him with his aggressive fighting style. In the past, Marquez always was able to make Pacquiao pay for his mistakes by landing punishing counter shots. However, Marquez didn’t have the power then that he has now, and he’s able to hurt Pacquiao with his power shots.
In a fifth between them there’s a chance that Marquez could hurt Pacquiao again and knock him out, because Pacquiao doesn’t know to fight in a conservative manner, and he’ll have to come at Marquez if he wants to win the fight because he can’t win by jabbing him for 12 rounds.
I don’t think Pacquiao will be able to resist slugging it out, and this will create ample opportunities for Marquez to land something big on the button to KO Pacquiao once again.
Arum shouldn’t be in such a big hurray to put Pacquiao back with Marquez. He should test Pacquiao against someone and then look for the rematch with Marquez if Pacquiao is able to make it through the test fight.
It just looks like Arum wants to take advantage of the high interest in the Pacquiao-Marquez fight by striking while the iron is still hot and putting them back in. Pacquiao could get hurt and I think Arum might have wished that he didn’t rush to put Pacquiao back in with Marquez.
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