Confidence is just as important as talent in fighting, but Juan Manual Marquez won’t be able to pull the shocking upset over Manny Pacquiao.
Marquez will enter Saturday night's fight with plenty of confidence despite never beating Pacquiao in a pair of bouts. In the two fights, though, Marquez went all 12 rounds and earned a draw in their first meeting. Even though he has kept it close with Pac-Man in the past, Las Vegas isn’t expecting a nail-biter. According to Gamblers Palace, Pacquiao is a -875 favorite.
Looking for a different outcome this time around, Marquez told Fox News earlier this week:
“What we're going to do differently this time around is work a lot on my speed and strength. All of the experience that I've had throughout my career will be essential for this fight. We've been working very hard. For this fight we have been working hard to get to the weight that we want. I think that the work that we have put forth, the change that we have gone over has worked for us.”
Can Marquez pull the upset? Sure, he’s proven he can hang with Pacquiao for an entire fight. It would be a miracle, though; Pac-Man hasn’t lost a fight since 2005.
While Marquez possesses plenty of motivation as he looks to redeem himself, Pacquiao will be hungry to silence his critics as well. Despite the odds, there are still people predicting a Marquez victory. Pacquiao’s only split decision since his last loss happened to be against none other than Marquez, so a quick knockout for the Filipino legend would make previous tight fights look like flukes.
The best pound-for-pound boxer in the world will still hold that title on Sunday morning.
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