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Pacquiao needs a KO to beat Mayweather, says Marquez

Floyd Mayweather Jr Juan Manuel Marquez Manny PacquiaoBy Chris Williams: Manny Pacquiao will need a knockout for him to beat Floyd Mayweather Jr on May 2nd, according to Pacquiao’s old nemesis Juan Manuel Marquez. For some reason, Marquez doesn’t see Pacquiao as capable of winning a decision in Mayweather’s home city of Las Vegas, and he sees him getting the short end of the stick.

Pacquiao had the judges on his side in his first three fights against Marquez in Las Vegas. It wasn’t until Marquez decided to take the judges out of the picture completely in their fourth fight that he was able to finally get a victory over Pacquiao in 2012.

That was the fight where Marquez trained for a knockout and came in and sparked Pacquiao out cold in the 6th round with a big right hand shot. The punch left Pacquiao face down on canvas out cold.

“I don’t see Pacquiao winning by decision. It depends on how the fight develops. We know how are the judges of Las Vegas; it was clear when José Luis Castillo fought Mayweather, we saw the Mexican fighter win, but the judges gave it to Mayweather,” Marquez said via “If Pacquiao doesn’t knock out Mayweather, he’s not going to win.”

Pacquiao hasn’t been knocking guys out lately, and I don’t think he’s going to start against a talented fighter like Mayweather. It’s been six years since Pacquiao stopped his last opponent in his 12th round TKO win over Miguel Cotto in 2009. Pacquiao had the perfect opponent for him to stop in Cotto, who can’t move like Mayweather, and who had recently been bludgeoned into submission by Antonio Margarito.

Mayweather moves really well, and he’s not someone who you can hit with combinations. Pacquiao doesn’t have enough power with his single shots in order for him to hurt a guy like Mayweather. Pacquiao will need Mayweather to stand still and fight a stupid fight for the full 12 rounds for him to have a chance of scoring a knockout. Mayweather isn’t stupid though; he’s the most intelligent fighter in boxing, and he’s not going to stand still for Pacquiao.

I don’t believe that for a second that Pacquiao can’t win by a decision. Of course, he can. If he was able to get the nod in two of three fights with Marquez and get a draw in their first fight, then it tells me that Pacquiao can win a decision. A lot of boxing fans saw Pacquiao losing all three of those fights, and he likely would have had the judges been against him.

Whoever wins the May 2nd clash between Mayweather and Pacquiao, it’ll be the guy who legitimately is the better fighter. There’s too much of a spotlight on this fight for there to be any controversial decisions handed down. But even if we do see a blatant robbery, it’s still good for the fighters. It just means there will be a rematch in order to clear up the controversy. The money that the fighters can make in a rematch will be huge just like the first fight.

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