After two close, hard-fought bouts, the third edition of the Manny Pacquiao, Juan Manuel Marquez saga should not be as close as the first two. Since there last fight in 2008, Pacquiao has significantly stepped up his boxing game.
Her are eight reasons why Pacman will eat Marquez up in their rubber match next month.
Manny Pacquiao has faced the toughest opponents of his career ever since his last meeting with Juan Manuel Marquez.
Pacquiao has looked great while beating his last few opponents including: David Diaz, Oscar De La Hoya, Ricky Hatton, Miguel Cotto, Antonio Margarito, and Shane Mosley.
With his current streak of beating top-notch opponents, this third match with Marquez should be a lot different than the first two as Pac Man has stepped his game up a notch.
After fighting most of his career in the featherweight and lightweight divisions, even a catch weight of 144 will still prove to be too much of a change for Marquez. Pacquiao has been fighting in the welterweight division much longer and is comfortable in the weight class.
Expect Marquez to take a fair amount of punishment from Pacquiao, making a knockout victory not out of the question for Pacman.
Knowing that he has had trouble with Juan Manuel Marquez in their previous two fights, Pacquiao has changed his training regimen according to The Philippine Star . The different approach to the fight will give Pacquiao yet another edge.
Obviously showing he is concerned with how the first two fights played out, changing up his training is the perfect way for Pacman to make the rubber match a whole different fight.
Juan Manuel has been telling anyone who will listen that he won the first two fights between himself and Manny Pacquiao. Pacquiao has heard this, and is using it as extra motivation.
Pacquiao told The Philippine Star how he is putting Marquez's trash talk to good use.
“This fight, this will be the answer to all of the doubters about whether or not I lost to my opponent.” Pacquiao said.
Not that Pacquiao needs it, but any extra motivation cannot hurt. Pacman will definitely turn the negative talk into positive energy during the fight.
After Floyd Mayweather's controversial knockout of Victor Ortiz, all the buzz surrounding boxing has been following Mayweather. Pacquiao will look to add some buzz around himself with an impressive victory.
With the whole world wanting Pacquiao and Mayweather to fight each other, when one fighter is in the spotlight, the other fighter has to do the best he can to steal some attention.
In this case, Pacquiao should be looking for a KO of his own to compete with all the talk that was going on after the Mayweather-Ortiz fight last month.
Although Juan Manuel Marquez last fought Likar Ramos this past July, the fight only lasted around two minutes, and did not really benefit Marquez for a showdown with Manny Pacquiao. After all, the first two fights went the distance.
Marquez's last fight before his bout with Ramos was back in November of 2010. So it has been basically one year since Marquez has seen any real action in the ring.
Look for Marquez to take a few rounds to get accustom to in the ring action, which will not bode well with a focused, and primed Pacquiao.
Juan Manuel Marquez is known as a counter-punching defensive oriented fighter, a style that could eventually do him in the third time around against Manny Pacquiao.
With Marquez looking to create his offense of counter punching, he is bound to catch his fair share of shots from Pacquiao, and could leave himself open for a devastating knockout blow from Pacquiao.
After experiencing Marquez's style in their first two fights, Pacquiao is a smarter fighter now and should be ready for Marquez this time and be more dominant the third time around.
Manny Pacquiao is a people pleaser, and what better way to please his adoring fans than to put on an impressive performance against Juan Manuel Marquez, the one fighter that has given Pacquiao problems each time he has fought him.
If Pacquiao disposes of Manuel before the full 12-rounds go by, his fans will be in a frenzy, and Pacquiao mania will be in full effect once again.