Manny Pacquaio vs Juan Manuel Marquez

This entry was posted on Thursday, December 6th, 2012

Boxing without any Retired Cricketers!! 

The heart-warming triumph of Nicola Adams aside, 2012 has been another piss-poor year for pugilism. Unlicensed fights at Upton Park, unwelcome and undignified comebacks (yes Hatton – looking at you), and even a cricketer deciding to have a quick fight – the boxing world is crying out for a serious bout.

Better late than never – 2012 might just deliver one. Two of the finest fighters of their generation, Manny Pacquaio and Juan Manuel Marquez, meet for the fourth time, with the Pac-Man having won two and also claimed a draw.

In the featherweight fight between the pair in 2004, the Mexican was floored three times in the first round but staged a miraculous comeback to control the fight from half way. Four years later at Super-featherweight, Pacquiao carried the greater threat and landed the harder punches but couldn’t dominate Marquez and just squeaked a narrow win. And then they tried again last November, this time a stone heavier at an agreed catch-weight of 144lbs.

So here we go again. But this time, is it possible Pacquiao has peaked beyond his whirlwind best?

There is no doubt that Pacquiao is the puncher in the fight and in the 36 rounds boxed together, Marquez has been down four times. But Pacquiao has been forced the distance in each of his last five fights and the swashbuckling finishes against Oscar De La Hoya, Ricky Hatton and Miguel Cotto seem like the work of another man.

This is a fight where every eventuality is indeed a possibility though Marquez winning by stoppage would be least likely among them. Lay that at 14.5.

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