Juan Manuel Marquez is Manny Pacquiao’s kryptonite.
In three bouts between the fighters, Pac-Man has failed to live up to his nickname. He hasn't been able to eat Marquez alive like he did to so many other boxers in his long career. Over that career, Dinamita should be the only one considered equal to Pacquiao.
The Filipino warrior’s first loss came in a match in which he wore heavier gloves as a penalty for weighing-in overweight. Before the turn of the century, Medgoen Singsurat knocked him out to hand him his second loss. However, Pac-Man obviously in’t the same fighter.
His last loss came at the hands of Erik Morales, who Pacquiao went on to fight on two further occasions in which he won via TKO and KO.
In his prime, no fighter has given Pacquiao trouble like Marquez. Despite being knocked to the ground three times in the first round of their first fight, Marquez controlled the rest of the match. The judges didn’t reward him for his comeback effort, though, as the battle ended in a draw.
Almost four years later, the two fought again. In another close match, ring-side judges rewarded Pacquiao with a split-decision victory. The fight happened to be the only one since Pacquiao’s loss to Morales that didn’t end in a knockout, technical knockout or unanimous decision in the lieutenant colonel’s favor.
And of course, Pac-Man and Dinamita’s last fight definitely didn’t finish quietly.
Marquez looked in control for the majority of the fight and most believed he deserved the win. At the very least, it should have been a draw. The judges somehow awarded Pacquiao with another triumph, but Marquez once again gave him all he could handle.
Pacquiao is seen as Superman by so many and Marquez made him look human more than any other boxer has in the past decade.
David Daniels is a featured columnist at Bleacher Report and a syndicated writer. Follow him on Twitter.