Pacquiao vs. Marquez: 3 Keys for a PacMan Victory

Austin GreenCorrespondent IMarch 22, 2017

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 06:  Professional Boxer Manny Pacquiao (pictured) sings during the press conference for his World Welterweight Championship Fight with Juan Manuel Marquez at The Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers on September 6, 2011 in New York City.  (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)
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I believe Manny Pacquiao will dominate in his third bout with Juan Manuel Marquez, but PacMan must be careful.

Marquez is an experienced and dangerous fighter. He is one of the craftiest counter-punchers in the game, and if Pacquiao is not careful, he will get upset.

As long as he follows these three keys, Pacquiao should come out on top.


Dominate early

In their first bout, Pacquiao floored Marquez three times in the first round. Marquez battled back to force a draw, but a large part of that can be attributed to poor performance by one of the judges.

He miscalculated his score, so the fight resulted in a draw.

Although Marquez's camp would argue otherwise, Pacquiao undoubtedly won the fight.

If PacMan can dominate early again, he will set himself up for an easy victory.


Be wary of the counter-punch

LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 07:  Manny Pacquiao (R) hits Shane Mosley in the seventh round of their WBO welterweight title fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena May 7, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Pacquiao retained his title with a unanimous-decision victory.  (Photo
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Pacquiao has one strategy when he steps into the ring: attack, attack and attack some more.

While he is often able to overwhelm opponents, he must be careful with Marquez. Marquez is an incredible counter-puncher. He has the timing, instincts and speed to punish Pacquiao if he gets careless with his advances.

Pacquiao needs pounce on Marquez, but he can't forgo defense in favor of aggression. He must find a balance between the two.


Keep his emotions in check

Pacquiao has had to put up with a lot of crap over the last few years.

From Marquez's incessant complaining to the Floyd Mayweather headache, Pacquiao has accumulated some stress that he's probably ready to unleash all over Marquez's face.

However, PacMan can't let his emotions get the best of him. If he comes out swinging wildly, Marquez will destroy him. PacMan must be aggressive, but maintain his calm, cool demeanor.

As long as he starts fast, avoids the counter-punch and controls himself, Pacquiao will cruise to victory.