Should Arum throw Pacquiao to the wolf Marquez in 2013?
By Chris Williams: It’s common sense that you don’t take a fighter that has been knocked out cold the way that Manny Pacquiao was against Juan Manuel Marquez and look to put him back in with the same fighter in their next fight. This isn’t like drinking alcohol the morning after a binge to try and recover from a hangover.
It’s just not smart to place a fighter like Pacquiao back in with the source of his hurt because Marquez is going to be the equivalent of a hungry wolf the next time he gets the Filipino in the ring with him next year if Pacquiao’s promoter Bob Arum chooses to throw Pacquiao back in the ring with Marquez.
Let’s be clear about this, Marquez is going to be ready to do the same thing to Pacquiao as he did last time except that it’ll likely be much easier the next time because the chances are there that Pacquiao won’t be able to take the shots from Marquez anymore. Marquez won’t be the same fighter he was this time because he’ll have another training camp with his excellent strength and conditioning coach Angel Heredia to work on his power even more.
Can you imagine what Marquez will be like if he’s punching with even more than he was last time. It’ll be bad for Pacquiao because we could him flat on his face out cold.
Sadly, Pacquaio’s trainer Freddie Roach doesn’t seem to have any idea for his fighter other than attack, attack, and attack. That worked really well for Pacquiao last time, didn’t it? If anything, Roach might tell Pacquiao to revert back to his jump in and jump out style that he used in the first three fights with Marquez, but that old strategy won’t work because that was how Pacquiao was knocked out in the fourth fight. He tried to jump in and land a shot and Marquez timed him with a right hand and that was that.
Pacquiao needs to go with another trainer or something because the stuff that Roach has been coming up with is failing miserably.
Arum would be wise not to throw Pacquiao back in the wolf in 2013, because Marquez is too strong, too smart and much too skilled for Pacquiao. But most of all this is just a dangerous fight for Pacquiao right now given how he was knocked out so badly. Arum has a deep enough stable that he can put Pacquiao in with one of his weaker fighters so that he can get an easy win under his belt.
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