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Pacquiao vs. Marquez: Manny Pacquiao Upset by Juan Manuel Marquez?

George WrighsterGuest ColumnistNovember 11, 2011

When you hear the name Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao, the first thing you think is: Will he and Floyd "Money" Mayweather ever fight?

Pacquiao has a fight on Saturday November 12 vs. Juan Manuel Marquez. All this Mayweather talk needs to stop until this fight is over. Am I the only person who thinks Juan Manuel Marquez has a chance to beat Pacquiao?

I will remind you, these two have fought two 12-round blood fests that could have gone either way on the score cards. The first fight they fought to a draw, and the second Pacquiao won by a narrow split decision. This fight will not be a cake walk.

Manny has won his last 14 fights, and in the last seven he has been spectacular. He is at the top of his game, how could he lose?

If you have tuned in to HBO's 24/7 about the fight, you will notice that a lot of training has changed in the Marquez camp. Marquez has added a strength and conditioning coach to improve his speed. Most notably, he has stopped drinking his own urine.

When you add the positive changes, and the history of their epic duels, you realize this could be a disaster for Pacquiao. This is a guy who can take Pacquiao's power and continue to dish out punishment in return. In boxing, "styles make fights".

Pacquiao is fast, powerful, aggressive, unconventional and sometimes careless. There are times he takes punches, but he has an iron chin. Marquez is strong, tough, a good counter puncher and has a heart the size of Mexico.

When you add those things up, it means one punch can change this fight. All you people who want to see a Pacquiao vs. Mayweather fight should be happy.

This fight will bring the ticket prices down just a little bit.


Prediction: Pacquiao loses by KO or TKO.

And after Pacquiao losses, guess what he wins: a drug test and a date with "el diablo".

That will be two consecutive losses and will end the discussion about who is really the "pound for pound" champion.

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