Pacquiao vs Marquez 3: Head to Head
It's the calm before the storm for every fight fan with a pulse.
Ahhh...there's nothing like it when two top pound-for-pound fighters face off in the squared circle. Everything is right in the world when the boxing industry puts together a solid fight card with a potentially explosive main event.
It doesn't get any better than Pacquiao vs Marquez...well maybe if it were Floyd Jr standing in the corner opposite Manny. But, I'll take "Dinamita" over Josh Clottey any day of the week.
Buckle up, fight fans!! Act III is upon us!!
What will be the fall-out if Pac looks dominant and scores a knock-out victory against a Mexican legend who has never been previously stopped?
Or, how will the boxing universe react if Marquez dethrones the Pound-for-Pound King?
Let's analyze tonight's match-up!!
Tale of the Tape
Manny Pacquiao (53-3-2, 38 KOs) – Born in Kibawe, Bukidnon, Philippines, this 5'6 ½ " southpaw fighter has a 67" reach with dynamite in both fists. Since turning pro in 1995, the 32 year old Filipino phenom has gradually improved his skills and power under the tutelage of trainer Freddie Roach and conditioning expert Alex Ariza to become the human fight machine that we see today.
The all-time great and Future Hall of Famer is the only fighter to ever win eight world championships in eight different weight divisions and was the first pugilist to ever win four lineal championships in four different weight classes. The Boxing Icon has escalated his talents into the pugilistic stratosphere and is seemingly unbeatable at this stage in his prizefighting career.
Although limited in several areas during acts I and II, the Pac Man has drastically improved his footwork, upper body movement, hand-eye coordination, and power since the two legends last met.
Manny has great coordination and speed, which is coupled with tremendous power in both hands. His greatest improvement has been in the area of footwork and upper body movement. His ability to slip in and out of an opponent's defense while throwing punches is second to none. Pacquiao can also act as the relentless aggressor or can use the entire ring and box effectively, while turning his opponents and fighting them at angles.
Can the 2011 version of Pacquiao finally put to rest the controversy surrounding his two previous meetings with Juan Manuel Marquez?
To accomplish this feat, Manny will have to rely of his speed, power, and improved coordination. During the first two battles, Marquez successfully waited for Manny to aggressively commit to an attack and countered the Filipino rock star with precise combinations.
Pacquiao has to use feints while throwing his right hook, straight left hand combination sporadically. He cannot fight Marquez in rhythm, or the Pac Monster will give the Mexican technician many opportunities to time his punches. Timing always trumps speed in boxing.
Also, Manny should jump in and out with disjunct movements and fight Marquez at angles, turning him as much as possible. If he can keep Marquez guessing and not fall into the trap of moving straight forward with his attack, Pac can finally score the elusive knock-out and put the ghost of JMM behind him.
Juan Manuel Marquez (53-5-1, 39 KOs) – The 38 year old ring technician stands 5'7" in height and possesses the same 67" reach as his opponent. The Mexico City native fights out of an orthodox stance and has incredible ring intelligence. Marquez has one of the greatest trainers in the history of the sport in his corner with Nacho Beristain. The two have a history of success and share a great chemistry and trust.
JMM's ability to adapt to his opponent's style is legendary and is only shadowed by his amazing Mexican warrior heart and toughness. Marquez is one of the most durable fighters in the sport and has the mental toughness to overcome any adversity he faces in the ring. In the great lineage of Mexican fighters before him, Marquez is the fourth Mexican born fighter to become a three division world champion and never backs down from a gun fight.
In his third fight with the Pac-Man, one of his greatest strengths could also be his biggest weakness.
To be successful against the 2011 version of Manny, JMM absolutely must not get baited into a fire fight. If he chooses to stand and trade with the Welterweight version of the Pac Monster, he will not last more than 5 rounds.
The cerebral assassin must choose to utilize the entire ring and retreat at angles to make Manny throw punches out of position. He must employ feints and absolutely cannot move straight back or lean against the ropes. When Manny launches an attack, Juan Manuel has to turn and move to the side while countering the Pac Man with the left hook, straight right hand combination.
When in close quarters, JMM must take advantage of short crisp shots to the body and tie Manny up as much as he can to frustrate him. The key to victory in this fight is to take Manny out of his comfort zone and dictate the pace of the action.
This long overdue threequel has the potential to be the "Fight of the Year" for 2011.
I predict that this highly anticipated contest will not disappoint and should prove to be an instant classic. Tonight's fight will be "Hagler/Hearns" at welterweight for as long as it lasts.
Although, Marquez has the mental and physical toughness to defeat any fighter of his era in the Super Featherweight division, he will not be victorious in tonight's contest.
Marquez is one of the toughest fighters of this generation, but he will not be able to withstand the awesome power of the welterweight Manny Pacquiao. It will be a terrific gunfight for three rounds and will end with a dramatic and definitive knock-out.
Pacquiao will win by KO in the third round.