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So now we have covered why Pacquiao would probably not get the credit for a close decision or an early knockout win over Marquez and would probably give ammo to Mayweather to trash talk and not fight him.
So with that being said, what can Manny do to win in this fight? Well, despite the criticism of this fight happening way too late and Manny's now more comfortable welterweight limit, he can win over most of the critics and fans by providing a great fight. The first two Pacquiao/Marquez fights were both fight-of-the-year candidates where both pugilists left it all in the ring and traded and fought as if their lives depended on it for 24 rounds.
I had the honor of being ringside for the rematch at Mandalay Bay and I must say that was one of the most thoroughly entertaining fights I have ever seen live. It was a very close fight where, that night sitting ringside, I actually scored it for Marquez by a round or two.
But ironically, when I went home and saw the replay on HBO a week later, I scored it for Pacquiao. I think from my ringside seat, I could not see clearly if a lot of the shots that Marquez was throwing were either blocked or evaded by Manny, but because he has such a bad long 70s Bruce Lee haircut, whenever he blocked these punches, I saw his hair shaking all over the place.
But again, when I rewatched it on HBO a week later, I saw most of those punches that I thought landed did not actually land for the HBO camera crew had a better view of the action than I did from my view at my ringside seat.
Ultimately, I scored it 114 to 113—the same exact score as one of the official judges that night, Tom Miller.
Had Manny not scored that brutal hard knockdown at the end of Round 3, then it would have gone to Marquez or at least another draw.
So essentially, if Pacquiao and Marquez can reproduce another third exciting war and trade and leave it all in the ring, then the fight fans and even the media will love it and be content as many of Pacquiao fights are viewed the same way in the end despite the criticism.
However, this time around, Manny should produce the stoppage and it should be a mid- to late-round stoppage.
Marquez is one of those very few fighters who you do have to literally kill or he will keep coming forward like a terminator, even after being floored hard several times. Hell, Pacquiao knocked him down hard four times and he still got up each time to fight harder and harder.
So knowing the invincible heart of Marquez, the stoppage will probably have to come from either the referee or his legendary trainer Nacho Beristain, seeing him taking on way too much punishment.
Should Pacquiao provide a stoppage from round 6 to 12 after fighting toe-to-toe for every single round, then he can be winner in a no-win situation.
Floyd Mayweather should view a mid- to late-stoppage win or even a wide unanimous win for Pacquiao as impressive enough for him to finally fight Manny next.
If Floyd does not fight Manny after a big convincing late-round stoppage or unanimous decision, then at the very least he can no longer say Manny fought life and death and lost three times to Marquez and use that as an excuse not to fight him.
In my eyes, if Pacquiao can win in an impressive late-round stoppage against Marquez, then he has absolutely nothing else to prove. He can call it a career and be fine with that and he does not need to even fight Floyd Mayweather 'cause, just as I explained in this previous article, it is Mayweather who needs Pacquiao more so than the other way around.
So fight fans, I hate to break it to you, but Pacquiao vs. Marquez might very well be the last super mega fight for Pacquiao if the rumors that his next future opponents might be Top Rank in-house opponents such as Tim Bradley, which would make a decent fight but not a super mega fight, or Mike Jones, who many casual fans would say, "The rapper?"
This is what may be next should Mayweather not fight him.
With that being said, enjoy this final installment of the trilogy of two of the greatest warriors of our generation come November 12th, 2011 'cause, again, even though it may be a bit too late in the making, at least it is happening.
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