Pacquiao vs Marquez III: Why Finishing Fight Would Be Minor Victory for Marquez

Matt FaulconerFeatured ColumnistNovember 11, 2011

LAS VEGAS, NV - NOVEMBER 09:  Boxer Juan Manuel Marquez appears during the final news conference for his bout with Manny Pacquiao at the MGM Grand Hotel/Casino November 9, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Pacquiao will defend his WBO welterweight title against Marquez when the two meet in the ring for the third time on November 12 in Las Vegas.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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At 38 years of age, no one expects Juan Manuel Marquez to upset Manny Pacquiao. How could he?

Marquez is 0-1-1 against Pac-Man and is three years older then he was when he lost a split decision to Pacquiao in 2008.

It's no secret that "Dinamita" should be a bit slower this time around and pack less of a punch. No one is expecting him to come in and win this fight. He has been all but ruled out as a legitimate threat to take down Pac-Man in this fight by both analysts and fans.

Lasting 12 rounds against Pac-Man isn't going to be easy, that's for sure, but if Marquez accomplishes that feat for the third straight time, it should be viewed as a success.

We all know that Marquez finally wants to defeat Pac-Man after being robbed in their first two bouts, but it just isn't likely to happen. Any fighter can win on any given day, but the odds significantly favor Pacquiao in this fight.

"Dinamita" is going to need a minor miracle in this bout if he wants a victory.

He is going to have to switch up his style if he wants to win. He's going to have to be much more aggressive than he has ever been in the past, and is going to have to attack Pac-Man early and often.

Marquez relies on his counter-punch style to come away with victories, but that simply hasn't worked against Manny.

If he goes all-out in this fight, he has a chance to win. If he goes all-out and lasts 12 rounds, it will be a huge victory.

Going all-out will open him up to more punches from Pac-Man and could lead to a KO. It's his only chance though. Holding up for 12 rounds would be an astounding feat for the Mexican boxer.