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By Socrates Celestial
11 Nov 2011

Overview Look: Manny Pacquiao versus Juan Manuel Marquez Part III

Manny ‘Pacman’ Pacquiao (53 wins (KO 38)-3 losses (2 by KO)-2 draws) is set to defend his title against long-time rival Juan Manuel ‘Dinamita’ Marquez (53 wins (KO 39)-5 losses-1 draw). The resemblances in their record bear a striking similarity. Identical, but only separated by 2 losses more for Marquez and Pacquiao losing by way of knockout (KO) and technical knockout (TKO).

The pugilist’s have met before on two separate occasions. In their first meeting in 2004, at 125 pounds in the feather weight division, Marquez was the favorite to win defending his WBA and IBF titles. No one could have predicted the three knockdowns Pacquiao would hand to the Mexican champion in the first round. In some states, that would have already declared the win.

Adversely, Marquez fought back and controlled most of the fight up until the 10th round where Pacquiao shifted the tide and brought back control. The fight was a struggle for supremacy with Pacquiao scoring a 10-6 round in the first stanza on two of the judge’s scorecards and a 10-7 on the remaining judge’s score. Without Marquez scoring a knockdown, the brazen Mexican showed complete control with winning most of the rounds with clean counter-punches that rocked the Filipino champion’s head back and even staggering him at times, thus exposing a great flaw in Pacman’s defense.

The result: a three-way split resulting in a draw. Both fighters and fans alike were all in disagreement, which to date still raises debate of who the true winner was of this meeting.

Their second meeting at 129 pounds in 2008 presented a more mature and developed Pacquiao with a disgruntled Marquez who felt robbed of his win, but still had two belts intact. Marquez had an array of combinations ready to deal with the Southpaw’s powerful straight left by returning quick flurries of uppercuts and crosses.

The knockdown in the third round delivered to Marquez care of the unorthodox and awkward Filipino changed the momentum of the fight. Marquez was caught with a snapping left cross which stunned the Mexican to the canvas. Pacquiao’s straight left has been the biggest arsenal against Marquez bringing him down for the fourth time in two meetings.

Marquez took advantage of well-placed counter punches wobbling Pacquiao several times throughout the fight, but it wouldn’t be enough for him to retain his titles.

In the end, only one point made the difference making Pacquiao the winner and new champion via split decision. The final score was so mismatched that one judge had Marquez winning by 115-112, while a separate judge had Pacquiao winning with the same score. Round six, nine and twelve were the three rounds where the three judges disagreed and made the difference of one point. Every other single round was scored identical across the board amongst the three judges. Marquez, angered, felt robbed for the second time and went on to publicly comment that he had won the fight indefinitely.

In this coming third installment, the odds are strongly in favor of the Champion Manny Pacquiao based on their first two meetings and the success he has had in the past three years since their last meeting. The ‘Underdog’ should not be looked over however. Marquez is the one fighter that has had the most success in the past six years beyond Erik Morales in 2005.

Pacquiao had since avenged that loss with Morales on their next meeting in January of 2006 by stopping him in the tenth round. In a third and final meeting only eight months later, Pacquiao decimated Morales in the third round seating him on the canvas. The defeated Mexican shook his head and refused to his corner’s advice to continue as he sat where he was knocked down. This completed the trilogy.

Does this last meeting give insight into what can be expected in the upcoming trilogy with Marquez? It is completely possible with the dramatically developed Pacquiao that Marquez be stopped in the early rounds. Either way a new Marquez is taking this challenge as an opportunity for vengeance.

He believes this fight is redemption to his career and is out to prove that he is the true winner of these three meetings in this closing trilogy. Marquez is now armed with a new strength and conditioning coach and is breathing new fire to test the pound-for-pound king. Marquez’s weight is up, his strength and power have increased and he has taken his training camp very serious, developing good speed with his new weight.

Does this weight change come too late? The catch weight at 144 pounds puts Pacquiao in favor. He has challenged and defended at this weight class with top level contenders such as pound-for-pound sensations like Oscar De La Hoya to brawling finishers like Antonio Margarito in this division. Marquez is looking to fight at this new weight for the first time with a long-time Nemesis that has proven victorious over him in two meetings. This may not be the ideal situation for Team Marquez.

The best prediction that can be made at this time is a stoppage via Kayo or Technical Knockout between rounds eight to eleven in favor of Manny Pacquiao. The round to watch will come in the ninth or tenth.

Marquez’s style is always a threat for Pacquiao and he has opened up his defense more than any other fighter has previously, but since their last meeting the savvy Filipino has improved immeasurably. This final meeting will be a statement from both camps and guarantee’s explosive proportions that will seal any doubts from skeptics or aficionados.

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