Manny Pacquiao: Bold Predictions for PacMan's Fight with Juan Manuel Marquez

Nicholas Goss@@NicholasGoss35Correspondent IOctober 1, 2012

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - SEPTEMBER 17:  (L-R) Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez stand onstage to face the media cameras during the Manny Pacquiao v Juan Manuel Marquez - Press Conference at Beverly Hills Hotel on September 17, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California.  (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)
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Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez will step into the ring for a fourth time this winter in Las Vegas, and it has the potential to be the best fight of the year.

The first three fights were pure gold from an entertainment standpoint, and this bout is sure to be no different.

Let's look at three bold predictions for the fourth installment of Marquez versus Pacquiao.


The Fight Won't Go 12 Rounds

Each of these two boxers' three previous fights have gone the full 12 rounds, but this bout will be shorter because Pacquiao has something to prove after his controversial defeat to Timothy Bradley in June.

Pacquiao's last six fights have all gone the distance, but when he's on top of his game, PacMan is fully capable of dominating his opponents before the 10th round.

Expect Pacquiao to dominate this fight and prevent it from going the full 12 rounds.


Pacquiao Will Win by KO in Eighth Round

After defeating Marquez by a majority decision last year, and by a split decision in 2008, Pacquiao will finally earn his first knockout victory over the Mexican fighter in their December bout.

Pacquiao's overall technique is more impressive, and he's had plenty of time to train since his most recent fight in June.

He will not wait long to open up his arsenal of effective jabs and punches to wear down Marquez, and in the seventh or eighth round, Pacquiao will finish the fight.

PacMan will want to make a statement in this fight, and by knocking out a talented opponent such as Marquez, Pacquiao would make a huge statement to the boxing world.


Pacquiao Will Call Out Floyd Mayweather Post-Fight

This is certainly a bold prediction, but if Pacquiao were to call out Floyd Mayweather and tell the world that he's waiting for Money May to fight him, it would create plenty of drama over the next few months as we head into 2013.

After defeating Marquez for a third time with a decisive knockout, Pacquiao will make it known that he's ready for the fight we have been waiting for.