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Pacquiao vs. Marquez 4 Odds: Why No Line Is Worth Betting Marquez

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - SEPTEMBER 17:  Boxer Juan Manuel Marquez answers questions from the media after 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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Josh SchochAnalyst IIIDecember 8, 2012

Juan Manuel "Dinamita" Marquez is a talented fighter with a lot of heart, but there is absolutely no reason to bet on him in his upcoming bout with Manny Pacquiao.

Dinamita can beat just about anyone in the world, but Pac-Man's style of fighting is no friend of Marquez, who has struggled to find a way to top him. The WBO Junior Welterweight title holder has not won any of his first three fights against Pacquiao.

In the first bout between these two rivals, Pacquiao came out strong. He quickly dropped Marquez three times, and it looked like he would win the fight by a mile. However, Marquez's iron chin and resilience helped him battle back, and he owned the last few rounds, with the fight ending in a draw.

The second fight was similar to the first, with Marquez hanging with Pac-Man and taking some shots in the early rounds before delivering a few of his own in the later ones. This time, Pacquiao won by split decision, however.

The third fight seemed like it belonged to Marquez. It seemed like he finally had a win, but the judges ruled a majority decision to Pacquiao, and once again, Dinamita fell short.

Three times he tried, and three times he failed to best the southpaw from the Phillipines.

Now 39 years old, Marquez will try one more time to take down his 33-year-old rival.

Marquez is getting up there in age, but he still has excellent stamina and a tough chin that makes him difficult to beat. However, he struggles with the fist speed of Pacquiao, which has been a big part of why he has yet to beat the congressman.

He will have to focus on his counter-punches to try to win this bout, but I can't see him running away with the fight. Actually, I can't see either fighter winning in a blowout.

This is sure to be another close fight, and while that should mean that Marquez has a chance, I doubt it.

Pacquiao's biggest weakness is his stamina, whereas Marquez's biggest strength in the first three fights was coming back at the end. Now that he is nearly 40 years old, Marquez's stamina is declining, and his lack of speed compared to Pac-Man will be exposed in this fight.

While Dinamita is still one of the best boxers in the world, he simply can't keep up with Pacquiao in the early rounds, which will put him in a big hole to start with. A younger Marquez may have been able to climb out of it and force a draw, but this version of the Mexican fighter will be too old to do so.

Dinamita simply isn't worth betting your money on in this fight.

 

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