Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez are fighting for the third time, but Marquez has yet to win. The old cliché is that the third time is the charm, and this is certainly true in Dinamita’s case.
Marquez is one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the sport and is going to prove critics wrong by pulling off an upset against Pac-Man.
Marquez needs to switch the rhythm of the fight early. He will need to take a few punches to get in and then swap his position from the defensive.
He can do this by circling Pacquiao and using his great footwork to slow down the lively Pac-Man.
After the rhythm is switched, Marquez will have to look to land the killer blows. He will be able to use his weight advantage to throw more behind them and look for that possible knockout blow.
If that fails, Dinamita needs to tire out the fury of Pacquiao and look to take the fight in the later rounds. If the bout becomes one that is more calculated, punch-for-punch, Marquez will have the advantage.
More than anything else, Marquez needs to stay out of a brawl.
If Marquez walks into a brawl with Pacquiao, where it isn't about strategy but about speed and the number of hits landed, the fight will likely end the same exact way as the second installment.
Marquez needs to look for openings and stay within himself. He needs to fight to his strengths, countering those of others.
Marquez’s intelligence has made him one of the most successful fighters today, and he needs to stay within a strategy and stay calculated.
This is the biggest key to him pulling off an upset.