Manny Pacquiao vs. Juan Manuel Marquez: Bold Statements for Prize Fight

Mike ShiekmanFeatured ColumnistNovember 29, 2012

LAS VEGAS, NV - NOVEMBER 12:  Juan Manuel Marquez (L) and Manny Pacquiao battle in the 10th round of their WBO world welterweight title fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena November 12, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Pacquiao retained his title with a majority decision victory.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez continue to garner followers with HBO 24/7 and social media platforms promoting the fight at excess.

With everyone and his mother trying to get a prediction on the fight, luckily some of us have a platform to tell the Internet how they think the fight will turn out.

Let’s turn to the crystal ball to see what will take place at the MGM Grand on December 8th.

Leave your prediction in the comment section below.


Marquez Will Get Off to a Strong Start

Dinamita has been known to hang around early and roar back in later rounds, but with his older age and lessened stamina, he can no longer afford to do that.

Expect Marquez to come out swinging on the Pac Man and try to make the favorite a desperate man inside the ring Saturday night.

If he can put Pacquiao on the ropes early, the Filipino will be in an unknown situation in this saga. Perhaps if he can start off strong, Marquez at the very least can get a split decision in his favor.

That’s contingent if he can hang around, of course.


Marquez Will Not Last Long Enough for a Split Decision

Marquez is no longer in his prime at age 39. While Pacquiao has hit 33 years of age, he still sports the power and quickness of his younger self. That will prove to be the difference as this fight goes on.

Dinamita is not asking for any sympathy from viewers, but if he were to go down due to knockout or injury, no one would be shocked with the result.

Marquez has been known to take a punch, but he’s succeeded his limit just south of 40 years old. The Pac Man will finally get his definitive decision in this rivalry.


Pacquiao-Marquez V Will Happen

Regardless of the result, the fifth bout between these two fighter looks imminent.

Bob Arum has already hinted at the prospect of a fifth fight, comparing these two fighters to a famous rivalry in the 1950s:

“[“Sugar Ray] Robinson and [Jake] LaMotta fought six times,”

This would be merely a cash grab with no Mayweather-Pacquiao pairing in sight and Marquez being 40 years old.

With over a million units likely bought by December 8th, there’s no reason for Arum not to pull the trigger.


Mike Shiekman is a Breaking New Writer for Bleacher Report. Follow him on Twitter @TheRealShiek