So he went ahead and done it.
Not just a result!
But an unbelievable statement as in who deserved to win the 4th instalment between Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manual Marquez.
Personally I have had their series prior to Saturday’s fight 1-1-1, dead level. Win for both and a draw between them. A fourth fight to me was essential as their 3 other fights have raised more questions than almost a decades worth of other fights. “Who won this round?”, “Who won that round?”, “Was he robbed?, “Wasn’t he robbed?”.
Well Saturday night, the only person who was robbed was Manny Pacquiao……..of his consciousness
Lets break it down.
What is the worst possible thing Manny Pacquiao could have done against someone who is dependant on a right hand counter!?
For all his years at elite level, and having fought and went life and death against a superior technician in the form of Juan Manual Marquez!?
Coming in with a straight left hand…………unprotected!!!!!!
Lets get this out of the way first of all, Manny Pacquiao’s right hand is as useful as an inflatable dartboard when it comes to power. His main weapon is the straight left hand (ask Ricky Hatton).
When the fight started Manny looked to be back, he had the footwork, hand speed, head movement etc that we haven’t seen since the destruction of Miguel Cotto in 2009. But for all of this improvement, the old “Marquez Manny” started to reappear.
Marquez bringing Pacquiao forward and taking the right hand shots as Marquez knows from the previous 36 rounds, they have no effect. But as Manny throws that right hand he is always setting up his straight left, this is the punch in which Marquez is waiting for because it brings out the sweetest of right hand counters which he has repeatedly caught Manny with over their previous trilogy.
There are zillions of blogs, news and views on the rest of the fight so I won’t bore you with TheBoxingFreaks. The only issue I have with Pacquiao here is I truly believe he didn’t train to fight Marquez. He only trained to try and knock somebody out. Juan Manual Marquez isn’t just “somebody”. He had a gameplan…..Pacquiao didn’t.
For me, that’s it over.
Plenty of names out their for Marquez after such a destruction, one being “retirement”.
But lets be fantasists for a few minutes……
Rios, Bradley, Matthysse, Khan, Garcia, Broner……..not Mayweather again (for me anyway).
One of my favourite fights involve Juan Manual being against Juan Diaz.
The absolute breaking down of a young relentless fighter by an old wiley fox. Start to finish all out action and a midway turn around to result in an unbelievable uppercut to end proceedings.
I mention that because when I think of a fight against Brandon Rios, this is how I see it going. But I think Marquez deserves a better finish to his career than fighting such a cocky one dimensional fighter, one that by all means punches like a mule and has a chin made of granite.
I haven’t heard anyone mention this fighter yet but a fight against Paulie Malagnaggi for his WBA title could be the easiest way to pick up a title (one that he deserves after Saturday’s performance).
If he makes it past the awkward Paulie then a September unification with Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley could be a major sell. Especially during Mexican independence day.
Two Pacquiao victors, squaring off, a world title each, WBA & WBO.
Sounds like a plan to me……..
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