Juan Manuel Marquez isn’t the best fighter, but he is a viable foil to Manny Pacquiao who, despite his massive stature in the sport of boxing, is not invincible.
Pacquiao can be beaten under the right set of circumstances, and after two closely-contested bouts, Marquez is seen as a dark horse who can shatter this vision of Pac-Man as boxing’s unquestioned titan.
This is a rivalry like few others, and this third fight will settle things once and for all.
With that being said, it would be a stunning revelation if Pacquiao failed to have his hand raised at the end of Saturday night, and here are three reasons why we will see the most unlikely outcome.
If there is one adjective we can use to describe Marquez coming into this fight, it’s desperate.
The man has made his name off of Pacquiao, shouting to anyone who will listen that he has beaten Pac-Man, and would do so again if he ever got a shot.
Now, he has his opportunity and is a massive underdog coming into the fight. If he fails to come away with the victory, those other two fights will be a footnote, and Marquez will be just another victim.
Marquez has his legacy on the line, and he has to fight for it. This fight is personal, and his sheer desperation will push him over the top.
The last thing you want to do is get into a slug-fest with Pacquiao, but Marquez has been building up his power. The added weight, while a concern, will help add to his vicious offense.
Marquez looks like a fighter who can do some serious damage against Pacquiao’s defense if he lands those powerful punches, and he’s going to be able to wear down the champion with heavy body blows.
From there on out, you wear a fighter down, and Marquez can start landing the blows that make a fighter’s knees week.
The challenger will have to deal with the same from Pacquiao, but Marquez has a game plan and the strength to pull the upset.
Freddie Roach may be a great trainer, but the last thing you want to do is slap your opponent in the face.
On the eve of the fight with Marquez, Roach went to the press and made it clear that the challenger is no match for Pacquiao.
Only one real worthy opponent has yet to stand in the way of pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao and Roach said it’s about time that Floyd Mayweather, Jr. finally agreed to face the Filipino boxing superstar.
“No one that I’m really interested in. I don’t see any challenges,” said Roach of the possible opponents for Pacquiao by 2012.
Look, we all know they don’t see Marquez as a legitimate threat, and that’s a slap in the face to a man who has been living and breathing this fight.
This is the last stand for a proud man, and if Pacquiao and his camp are looking forward to Mayweather, they’re going to be in for a rude awakening.
This is a fight that can slip away. Marquez has been scorned, and is coming for revenge.
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