Former WBO welterweight champion, Manny Pacquiao (54-4-2, 38 knockouts), is getting ready for his Dec. 8 fight against Juan Manuel Marquez (54-6-1, 39 knockouts). It will be the fourth time the two rivals meet inside the ring, when they square up at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev.
Pacquiao and Marquez have made it clear that they’ll both be gunning for a knockout, but it’s hard to see that happening, considering the past history between the two. Marquez has never been knocked out during his 19-year professional boxing career, and I don’t think that’s about to change. Pacquiao is a heavy-handed puncher, but he isn’t technically savvy enough to pin down a solid counterpuncher like “Dinamita.”
Marquez on the other hand is skilled enough to find Pacquiao’s chin, but I don’t think he has enough power in his punches to put the Filipino congressman away.
Marquez’ trainer, Nacho Beristain, seems to understand that knocking out Pacquiao won’t be an easy task, and he’s willing to settle for a few knockdowns instead.
“We want to gain a little more speed,” Beristain said. “In the third fight we were able to keep up with him, and we want to use that approach again to see if we can put him down on the canvas at least once. … I would like to believe, and hope to God, that we put him down once or twice – but it is a bit difficult because the Filipino is also a warrior and a very tough fighter. Last time we thought we had the fight in the bag, but look at what happened…you can never tell what the judges are thinking.”
All three bouts between Marquez and Pacquiao have ended in controversy (I scored all three fights in favor of the Mexican), and I don’t think their Dec. 8 encounter will be any different. Beristain certainly makes some valid points, as Marquez will probably get robbed again if he doesn’t put up a dominant performance against Manny Pacquiao.
Miguel Rivera, “Nacho: I Hope Marquez Drops Pacquiao Once or Twice”
David is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and boxing practitioner who has watched and studied MMA for the past 9 years. Send him your questions @davidkingwriter.