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Pacquiao vs Marquez: Why a KO Is Marquez' Only Chance at True Victory

HOLLYWOOD, CA - OCTOBER 26:  Manny Pacquia stands in  the ring for interviews during a Media Workout promoting his upcoming fight with Juan Manuel Marquez at Wild Card Boxing Club on October 26, 2011 in Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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Matt FaulconerFeatured ColumnistNovember 9, 2011

Juan Manuel Marquez needs to knockout Manny Pacquiao if he is going to have any shot at a victory.

Marquez attempted to counter-punch and outlast Pac-Man in the first two fights between these competitors and was unsuccessful.

This is Marquez' time to shine. This is his moment in the spotlight. The third time can be the charm, if he brings everything he has to the table.

He won't be able to sit back and wait for a chance to attack Pac-Man. That has been unsuccessful and isn't flashy enough to even have a shot at winning a decision.

It's time for Marquez to fight like his fellow Mexican fighters. He needs to be the aggressor, he needs to bring everything he has at Pacquiao. If he doesn't, it's just going to be another defeat for the Mexican.

Luckily for Marquez fans, it seems as if he's listening.

According to Jerry Izenberg of The Star-Ledger, Marquez has finally decided to switch his style up.

It would seem to indicate that, at least at the start on Saturday night, the classic counterpuncher will be bigger, stronger and in what is the biggest switch of all, committed to a swarming, aggressive style he has never before shown to the boxing community.

There's no doubt that this is the right move for Marquez. It was a decision he had to make. He's been beaten twice before, even though he thought he won those fights.

He has to come out with a different approach this time. This is without a doubt the right approach. If he comes out swinging, Pac-Man might be caught off-guard, which could lead to a surprising knockout from Marquez.

At the very least, it may be enough to get a knockdown and give him an early lead on the scorecard. He may then be able to drop back into his counter-punch approach to hold on for the victory.

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