Pacquiao vs. Marquez: Why Marquez Is a Tougher Task Than Mayweather

Kyle SkovCorrespondent IINovember 9, 2011

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 06:  Professional Boxer  Juan Manuel Marquez (pictured) attends the press conference for his World Welterweight Championship Fight with  Manny Pacquiao at The Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers on September 6, 2011 in New York City.  (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)
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Manny Pacquiao versus Floyd Mayweather is the fight that everyone is waiting for. But we shouldn't overlook Juan Manuel Marquez just yet, as he is a tougher test than Mayweather.

Both Mayweather and Marquez share similar strengths of speed and defensive fighting styles.

There is one thing that separates the two and it appears age has been good to Marquez and bad to Mayweather.

Marquez has shown up and looked like he has put on muscle, whereas over the years the defined muscles that “Money” Mayweather fans have grown used to seem to be fading slowly.

Marquez is now fighting in a heavier weight class, bringing his “cobra” style fighting technique to bigger stages.

Marquez, much like Mayweather, will spend time countering Pacquiao until he gains a rhythm where he can use his new found muscle to work.  His counter hits will allow him to change the pace of the fight and make him the dictator.

Marquez has one weakness that he cannot let Pacquiao capitalize on. If Pacquiao gets Marquez into a brawl, Marquez will not be able to win the battle and will go down to Pacquiao once again.

Mayweather is a better brawler and could be a true test for Pac Man, but Mayweather cannot dictate the rhythm the way Marquez can. Mayweather is an amazing defensive fighter who capitalizes on mistakes and that is what makes him deadly.

Marquez, on the other hand, takes a blow to deliver a blow until he can get on top and flip the timing of the punches.

It is not time to jump to the conclusion that the Manny Pacquiao versus Floyd Mayweather Jr. fight would be better than the Pacquiao Marquez fight that is just days away.