Pacquiao vs. Marquez: Keys to Dinamita Earning Upper Hand in Fourth Fight

Alex KayCorrespondent INovember 28, 2012

LAS VEGAS, NV - NOVEMBER 12:  (L-R) Juan Manuel Marquez connects with a right to the face of Manny Pacquiao during the WBO world welterweight title fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on November 12, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez are gearing up for the fourth edition of their heated rivalry, which will take place on December 8th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

If Dinamita is to finally vanquish his mortal enemy and score a victory over Pac-Man, he must adhere to a few key tactics.

Let’s take a look at what the Mexican pugilist needs to do and what he must avoid in the impending bout against the Filipino fighter.


Throw Counter-Punches

Marquez is known for his ability to deliver a shot following a failed attempt at one by his opponent.

Considering Pacquiao's weakness is his defense, Marquez has to realize that the 33-year-old he will be up against plans to bring a full on assault. He’ll be vulnerable to counters, and that’s exactly what Marquez needs to focus on landing.

He can win this fight on the judges’ scorecards by simply making the most of the wide-open opportunities that Pac-Man will afford by being aggressive throughout the rounds.


Don’t Be Afraid to Take a Hit

While Pacquiao is one of the most powerful fighters in the boxing world, he’s been unable to KO Marquez. That shouldn’t change when they meet for the fourth time.

If Marquez needs to take a shot or two in order to set himself up for an opportunity to land a crushing blow on his foe, it’s well worth it. He should not be hesitant to get knocked down, as he’s proven time and time again that he can get up, shake it off, and continue fighting at a high level.

Obviously, Dinamita doesn’t want to leave himself too open and should be the more defensive fighter, but needs to be the aggressor at certain points of the bout.


Drag the Match Out

If Marquez wants to win, this fight needs to go the distance. That’s exactly how Timothy Bradley scored a surprise win over Pacquiao, and it’s how the 39-year-old can earn one to finally conquer the Filipino.

Dinamita no longer has the speed to hang with his younger opponent, which is why he needs to make this match as long and slow as possible.

We don’t believe he has the ability to win by any means other than a decision, which is exactly what he should be aiming for.