By Erwin Lastimosa
Forget about all of the negative talk that Manny Pacquiao fighting Juan Manuel Marquez for a third time at a catch weight of 144 pounds is unfair. This will not be like when Marquez moved up to welterweight and was outsized by the bigger Floyd Mayweather Jr. Both of these men are similar or of equal size and both have unfinished business and need this rubber-match to answer all questions once and for all.
The Pacquiao vs. Marquez trilogy will go down as one of the most competitive rivalries in boxing history. In boxing there always seems to be that one fighter who has another great fighters number, in this case it’s Marquez who seems to have Pacquiao all figured out and gives him his toughest fights.
Juan Manuel Marquez has struggled in fights with boxers who are not on Pacquiao’s level but his heart has always willed him through adversity to win those fights. Some would say that if it wasn’t for his fights with Manny Pacquiao, Juan Manuel Marquez wouldn’t be as revered as he is today.
The reason why this third fight is so important is because some fans keep using the difficult fights with Juan Manuel Marquez to discredit Manny Pacquiao as a fighter. Some people say that Marquez beat Pacquiao twice, and since then Pacquiao has had hand picked opponents placed in front of him, that is why this fight is happening to see if Manny can beat Marquez convincingly. We have to see if Manny Pacquiao has actually evolved as a fighter and can figure out a way to defeat Juan Manuel Marquez’s counter punching style to silence the critics.
I personally believe this fight will not be easy for either man, it will be similar to the first two fights, a tactical chess match with bursts of action every round. Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez are going to be equal in size, come into the ring around the same weight 142-145 pounds, and both want to win to bring honor to each others country, Mexico for Marquez and Philippines for Pacquiao. November 12th will be a great night of action, carrying on the passionate Philippines vs. Mexico boxing rivalry. May the best man win.
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