Although many fans are excited for the fourth edition of Manny Pacquiao versus Juan Manuel Marquez, others are tired of seeing the same thing. However, this fight is certain to exceed even the biggest expectations.
In the first three matches between these two fighters, fans were able to see some of the most skilled boxing in the past decade.
All three were incredibly close, with the results being one draw and two narrow decisions by Pacquiao. All of these finishes were heavily debated by fans around the world.
Eric Raskin of HBO Insider puts the entire rivalry in context:
Seven points. That's what separates Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez through three fights. Seven points. Nine different judges scoring on the 10-point must system for a total of 36 rounds have given Pacquiao 1,024 points and Marquez 1,017. That means the average scorecard for any given bout of this rivalry has read 113.77-113 in Pacquiao's favor.
And most observers would tell you it's actually been closer than that.
Those who believe the upcoming fight will be any different will be sorely mistaken.
Of course, fans have seen this before. After three close matches, another decision will not be enough to keep the general public excited.
However, Marquez has the ability to shock the world with a knockout win over Pacquiao.
Dinamita does not want to let this fight get into the hands of the judges. He already saw what happens in that circumstance three times, and they were not favorable outcomes.
Marquez even went as far as saying that he was "robbed" in the last fight, according to ABS-CBN News.
This time, the best way for Marquez to secure a victory is by knockout.
According to Jake Donovan of BoxingScene.com, that is precisely his strategy. Marquez explained:
I know that I have to decisively outfight him and the best way to win is to knock him out. I am going to be aggressive in this fight. I won't go for the knockout right away, but if I get the opportunity for the knockout I will go for one. I will fight with aggression but also with intelligence.
This idea is not completely far-fetched either. Marquez has 39 knockouts over his 20-year career, including in four of his last eight matches.
He is an excellent counter-puncher, and he will certainly be able to get to Pacquiao at different times throughout the fight.
The key will be to land his power punches better than he did in the previous fight. Pac-Man will likely get more punches in, but Marquez can cause more damage if he focuses on getting in a few big shots.
Pacquiao has suffered losses, but he has not been knocked out since 1999 by Medgoen Singsurat.
If Marquez is able to catch the former champ off-guard and finish the fight early, it will definitely gain the attention of the entire sports world.
It could lead to extended coverage and eventually more popularity within the sport of boxing.
For the 37-year-old fighter, it would be an incredible relief after coming so close three times before.
With the possibility of this big of a moment, make sure you do not miss this exciting fight.