By Chevy Jackson
I told everyone who asked me about the Manny Pacquiao vs. Juan Manuel Marquez 4 fight that Marquez can knock him out, and that the Pacman’s chin was overrated. I had so many people calling me a hater or that I was crazy and didn’t know boxing. I got the last laugh when Marquez dropped Pacquiao in the third and than knocked him out cold in the sixth round.
Pacquiao’s chin was a myth, he only looked invincible because the guys he fought were past it, weakened, slow or didn’t hit him flush with real crisp power punches.
I even wrote this article before they fought “The Myth of Manny Pacquiao’s Iron Chin and Why Marquez Can Knock Him Out”, describing why Pacquiao’s chin was not really that great at all and gave several examples including video proof of him getting knocked out or dropped in his career. This is a quote from the article: Marquez lost the Pacquiao fight on the judges scorecards, and many people felt he won the fight, this is why I feel Marquez can knock Pacquiao out on December 8 because Marquez is fed up with receiving the short end of the stick, and he will really throw every counter punch he lands on Manny Pacquiao’s suspect chin with bad intentions – December 2, 2012
Pacquiao even got knocked down hard by a soft jab early in his career by Nedal Hussein, that should tell you something about his ability to really take a shot.
This is what happens in boxing when someone is a media creation or a hype job, Pacquiao was one of the biggest hype jobs in all of boxing, he was made to be this mythical legend who started at 106 pounds and went up to 147 pounds to fight bigger men. But he wasn’t fighting men in their physical prime or men with one punch KO power, the guys he fought were all cherry picked by his promoter and trainer.
I was never shocked at the knockout because I knew this time Manny Pacquiao wouldn’t have any advantages over his opponent. I saw that Juan Manuel Marquez was in the best shape he has ever been, he was strong, healthy, focused, muscular, he didn’t have to fight drained or bloated, and let’s not forget the counter punching skills of Marquez that helped him school Pacquiao before getting robbed in their three previous bouts. The only thing that worried me was if Marquez’s age would catch up to him, if the fight outcome went the other way and Marquez was knocked out by Pacquiao, I would say that the only reason that happened was because Marquez was old and past his prime.
Pacquiao wins always have a reason, he can’t win fair, and that is the truth. You always have to look at his career as one giant question mark. He has no great wins over legit prime top level guys who were not distracted or weight drained.
If Pacquiao fights a credible opponent again he will get knocked out. He has no defense, no boxing skills, and his wild speed flurry style is easy for a skilled boxer to counter. The aura of invincibility was shattered when Marquez put him to sleep with one punch. No fighter will fear the Pacman ever again because they know he has a weak chin and he is easy to counter because he always comes in with his chin up and drops his hands after throwing a flurry.
My co-worker asked me if Manny Pacquiao’s chin will ever be the same after the Marquez KO, I answered him back by telling him, “His chin was never great in the first place.”
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