Bob Arum, the promoter of Manny Pacquiao, believe the third and probably final clash with Mexican warrior Juan Manuel Marquez will become ‘another classic’.
That said the world’s No.1 promoter of boxing also stated that Marquez is the finest counter puncher of the last 30 years and a puzzle pound for pound king Pacquiao has yet to work out.
In their first clash in 2004, Pacquiao and Marquez fought to a draw, while their 2008 rematch saw ‘Pacman’ come away with a split decision victory.
Speaking at Tuesday’s press conference in New York Arum said: “Juan Manuel presents a puzzle for Manny Pacquiao, that the truth is, he has not solved in 24 rounds”.
“The puzzle is that in our opinion, Juan Manuel Marquez is the greatest counter-puncher in boxing today, and probably the greatest counter-puncher in the last 30 years,” Arum added.
“When he fought Juan Manuel the first two times, he(Pacquiao) was essentially a southpaw who relied completely on his left hand. He is now clearly a two-handed fighter. He’s also improved his skills, his technique. He’s a much smarter fighter now than he was then. I am looking forward to this fight to be another classic”
When the subject of Marquez’ below par performance against Floyd Mayweather Jr cropped up Arum was quick to defend Marquez, insisting “Styles make fights, and Mayweather is a defensive fighter. If you’re a counter-puncher, you lose your advantage against a defensive fighter. If you’re a counter-puncher, you need somebody to make the fight against you.”
Mayweather pretty much won every single against Marquez on his way to a unanimous 12 round win in September 2009.
September 5, 2011