The Manny Pacquiao vs. Juan Manuel Marquez blockbuster fight saga will go on once again for the fourth time on December 8 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
The standard multi-city press tour has already kicked off and both Pacquiao and Marquez have stated that they both will go for the knockout this time to erase any doubt or criticism that they may have received for their first three close and controversial previous fights against one another.
In their first fight, which took place in 2004, Pacquiao scored three hard knockdowns against Marquez almost giving him his first knockout loss of his career.
A lesser champion would have succumbed to the damaging power of the Pac Man, but Marquez is on a different level and has proven to be Manny's equal counterpart inside the ring three times.
In their first fight, Marquez recovered from an early knockdown to outbox Pacquiao for much of the fight.
In the rematch four years later, the fight was even closer with both fighters having their moments in a real seesaw type of fight.
That night, sitting ringside at the Mandalay Bay, I remember thinking Marquez pulled it off just by a round or two. Then a week later when they replayed it on HBO, I scored the fight for Pacquiao by just one single point and that was because of the knockdown that he scored in this rematch.
In the rubber match three years, many approached the bout already declaring it a massacre and easy win for the now Filipino congressman, but I knew it was going to be another long night for Manny because Marquez was also again his equal and had already fought him twice before, not being intimidated and more importantly knowing what to do against him inside the ring.
Of course we all know Pacquiao ended up with the majority decision, which was yet again another controversial ending to his third match which left most fans unsatisfied for the third time.
Marquez is traditionally a boxer and counter puncher. Much of his success against Pacquiao in all three of their fights came from knowing how to fight him and that was by waiting to counter punch him all night long.
Pacquiao for the most part is a slugger; he likes to throw a high volume of punches and overwhelm his opponents in order to break them down and beat them. But, for whatever reason, Manny decided to try to outbox Marquez in their third match which basically resulted in him doing a poor man's version of Juan Manuel Marquez against the real Juan Manuel Marquez.
Perhaps it may be the numerous distractions outside of the ring or the fact that Manny prefers to now fight in a bit more cautious, reserved manner than fighting like the destroying beast he once was in his prime.
Whatever the case may be, if both Pacquiao and Marquez really want to get a knockout in this third sequel to their fight rivalry then they both must really go for the knockout from the opening bell.
Marquez must not wait to time and counter Pacquiao coming in all night and at the same time Pacquiao must throw and land first before he gets countered.
The reason why Pacquiao had such success in the first round of their first fight was because he was so unorthodox and did not respect Marquez.
Ever since that fight Manny has been respecting Marquez way too much to the point where he just does not want to get countered all night.
Many argue that is why there has been such a time difference of three and four years between each of their rematches.
However come December 8, Manny should just go for the knockout as soon as the opening bell sounds not allowing Marquez to warm up and feel him out and activate his game plan of out-boxing and breaking him down as he did three times already.
If both Pacquiao and Marquez truly go for the knockout from the opening bell then there will be a knockout victory for one of them this fourth time.
But if round one looks like pretty much every other round of their first three fights then it will probably end up the same way, a close 12th-round decision that neither fighter's fans nor neither fighter will ever be satisfied with.
On top of all that, many believe Marquez was robbed against Pacquiao once and some way even twice in decisions that favored and were awarded to the former pound-for-pound Filipino star. Also of course, more recently, many were also outraged by the controversial split decision that Pacquiao lost to Timothy Bradley in June.
This means both fighters now know firsthand how it feels to be fleeced by the judges should their fights go the distance.
If neither Pacquiao nor Marquez wins by knockout this time then neither fighter should complain about the judges' decision no matter what it ends up being.
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