This time Pacquiao lands consistent hard shots to take out Marquez and be done with this vexing problem.
Pacquiao ko 10th
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Though their first two fights were as close as they come, something inside me believes that Pacquiao is going to end this one early. Somewhere around round four, give or take a round. However, if Manny doesn’t take care of business early, he’ll be in for yet another grueling duel with one of the best to ever come out of Mexico. Marquez is not shot, though he is past his prime a little bit. I won’t be shocked if this is a repeat of fights one and two (with Marquez being robbed of victory again), but I have a hunch the Filipino takes him out.
Pacquiao tko 4
Although Marquez has twenty-four rounds of experience ending in two very close calls, I feel the third fight may be a mismatch. Pacquiao’s career has shot up since these bouts and he appears to be fighting on a whole new level. Marquez, on the otherhand, has been showing the sign of age mixed in with his greatness. Before stopping Juan Diaz, Marquez was bullied to the ropes a lot and moved by the strength of the Baby Bull. He almost got decapitated by Michael Katsidis. During both of these bouts, Marquez got tagged a lot. He’s slipped a bit since his two wars with Pacquiao and he simply does not hold the 147 pounds as well as he does 135. While he looks strong, we have already seen the added muscle slow him up against Mayweather. His willingness to go toe to toe with Pacquiao combined with his tendancy to get hit more may pave the way for the first stoppage of the the trilogy. Marquez is a silver bullet for Pacquiao though, so we just might end up with another nail biter. My guess is we get to go home early.
Pacquiao tko 7.
Talked to Jose Benevidez Sr. a few days ago who’s son, Jose Jr. has been sparring with Pacquiao at the Wild Card Gym and who is also on the undercard. He said Manny has been training hard and looks better than ever. After reviewing the sparring videos, it appears that Manny is not taking this fight lightly. The speed and ring savvy that Pacquiao has been blessed with will be too much for Marquez. Pacquiao just brings too much speed and power to lose this one. I hope all the people who order this fight at least get their money’s worth watching the undercard. I think this fight is over in the fifth round by way of knockout and in favor of Pacquiao.
Pacquiao ko 5
When they last met almost 4 yrs ago, it was a close fight that could have gone either way. The question now is which guy has slowed down the most? I think Juan Manuel Marquez has deteriorated more than Manny Pacquiao. Since his last win over Juan Diaz, he has fought an outmatched Katsidis and a "stay busy" fight against Ramos where he won via TKO1. At 38 yrs old, Marquez is still a dangerous fighter and technician but hasn’t really stepped up in a while, whereas Pacquiao has beaten dangerous opponents. I think this will be another chess match and Marquez may visit the canvas again, but the end result will be another decision victory for Pacquiao.
Pacquiao pts 12
Marquez gives up all his advantages at the higher weight, where Pacman has grown accustomed to. I can still see Marquez giving Pacman troubles with his counter punching, but Manny has something to prove in this fight. He has to settle the score in style, not coast like he did in the late stages of the Margarito and Mosley fights. Like the second Morales fight, I see Pacman blitzing his opponent in the late rounds, with a bloodied and battered Marquez saved from his own courage around the 10th. Then, please, make the Floyd fight.
Pacquiao tko 10
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Unlike their first two encounters, this one will be one sided. Pacman has gotten too big and too strong. Four easy rounds.
Pacquiao ko 4
New York City
Since the last encounter, Pacquiao has gone from strength to strength, whilst Marquez has had issues getting past the likes of Australia’s own Michael Katsidis. Marquez did not look comfortable in his previous attempt at Welterweight against Mayweather, and I expect Pacquiao to make easy work of the tough mexican.
Despite Pacquiao’s meteoric rise through the divisions and his beatdowns of naturally bigger men such as Miguel Cotto and Antonio Margarito, it is a technically gifted Juan Manuel Marquez who perhaps knows the secret to defeat the mercurial Filipino. Their two previous encounters could have gone either way and Marquez will be coming into the bout with the confidence he has the tools to eternally trouble the Pac Man. However, since they last met Manny has grown into a fully fledged welterweight, packing muscle onto his once skinny frame whilst retaining much of his blazing speed and power to trouble big 147lb fighters. Marquez on the other hand ventured into the welterweight division once where he looked a little under sized and slow against Mayweather, and was dropped heavily when he faced Katsidis at lightweight. Pacquiao will be as fast as Floyd and punch harder than the tough Aussie. It could be the case that Marquez will always be troublesome for Pacquiao but I feel strongly in this fight that he will prove too big and powerful for the brave Mexican warrior stopping him some where around the 10th round. It could be special while it lasts.
Pacquiao ko 10
Pacquiao = 20
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November 11, 2011