By Don Donatello
Brain damage, how else do you explain taking 30K to fight Chris John in Indonesia rather than taking 750K for an immediate rematch against Manny Pacquiao after their first fight.
How else do you explain a boring fighter like himself that can’t draw flies to cow dung ask for $5 million dollars to fight Pacquiao, or the matter that Juan Manuel Marquez wants to dictate to the cash cow of boxing, Manny Pacquiao, at what weight they should fight at.
There is a telling sign which fighter suffered physical damage and deterioration from the effects of a hard fought match, and which one did not. The subsequent fights of the affected fighter will show deterioration in performance. The unaffected fighter’s subsequent fights will not show diminished performance, it might even show an improvement as in the case of Pacquiao. It is clear that Juan Manuel Marquez got the short end of the stick in his last fight against Manny Pacquiao.
The human body has a limited amount of resources to repair itself. Like a car, the harder the body is put through a grinder, the faster it wears out. The more punishment that the human body takes the faster it ages. In Marquez’s 4 brutal knockdowns from Manny Pacquiao, it is telling that it has affected Marquez negatively.
While Marquez struggled with lesser fighters after the Pacquiao fight, Pacquiao took on bigger fighters and dominated them. In succession, Pacquiao went up one division to win the WBC Lightweight Title from David Diaz in June of 2008 by a 9nth round KO. Pacquiao then went to the Welterweight division and stopped Oscar De La Hoya in a lopsided 8th round TKO on December of 2008, next he went down to 140 and KO’d Ricky Hatton in May of 2009 for the Jr. Welterweight lineal title.
After Pacquiao loosened Marquez’s hinges, Marquez was never the same fighter. After their second fight, Marquez has only been fighting B/B- caliber fighters. And anytime he steps up to fight a top tier fighter, he is totally outclassed. He knows he can’t beat any fighter resembling an above a B rated fighter. Let’s take a look at the opponents that Marquez fought after his hinges were loosened by Pacquiao.
Marquez’s very next fight after the second Pacquiao fight was against an old and washed up Joel Casamayor in 9/13/2008. Casamayor was 2 months shy of his 37th birthday when he fought Marquez. Marquez struggled badly against the aging Casamayor, two of the judges in that fight had it at 95-95 at the stoppage. Struggling against an old and shop worn B minus fighter in Casamayor showed the effects of the beating Marquez received from Pacquiao.
After Casamayor, Juan Manuel Marquez took on the paper fisted Juan Diaz in February of 2009. Marquez once again struggled against a B rated fighter, Diaz rocked Marquez numerous times and almost put him down.
Before Marquez fought Floyd Mayweather, the effects of his beatings from Pacquiao have fully manifested itself. Marquez was only able to compete with B rated opponents. Marquez’s fight with Mayweather was like Muhammad Ali’s fight with Larry Holmes. What we saw was an old, worn fighter that took too many shots to the head. Ali could have beaten B rated fighters at the time, but he could no longer compete with the A list.
After Marquez lost to Mayweather at the Welterweight division, he went back to the Lightweight division to rule over a very weak division filled with B rated fighters. There is no fighter in that division that is above a B rating.
Marquez has been hiding himself in the Lightweight division. He has been avoiding B+ /A- fighters like Amir Khan, instead, he chose and fought B rated fighter Juan Diaz a second time. He fought the one dimensional B minus rated fighter in Michael Katsidis instead of fighting B+/A- fighter Tim Bradley. He was set to fight the remains of Erik Morales instead of challenging B+ fighter Victor Ortiz. Now Marquez and his long time trainer Nacho Beristain have found a way to avoid fighting the hardest puncher in the Jr. Welterweight division, Marcos Maidana. Juan Marquez’s long time trainer, Nacho Beritain, will now train Marcos Maidana and prepare him in his upcoming fight with Erik Morales.
There is a buzz now that Juan Manuel Marquez will get a third shot against Manny Pacquiao. Holy cow, I will finally witness an actual suicide in the ring if that happens. Marquez is no longer a top notch fighter, he no longer belongs in the same ring with Pacquiao. Marquez won’t even fight lesser fighters like Amir Khan, Timothy Bradley, and Marcos Maidana. Any of these fighters will make mince meat out of Marquez.
Placing the current Marquez against Manny Pacquiao now is like pitting a well bred Pitbull against a flea infested street mutt. Bob Arum and Pacquiao have tried their best to splash water on Marquez’s death wish. But Marquez keeps using the media to force a third fight with Pacquiao. I was totally against the Marquez/Morales fight, but a third Marquez/Pacquiao fight is even worse. Remember what I say now. Marquez/Pacquiao 3 will be like Morales/Pacquiao 3. But Pacquiao is now fighting at his natural weight, not at the forced weight when he fought Marquez at 130.
We saw how strong Pacquiao is when he is fighting at his natural weight. At his natural weight, he KO’d Ricky Hatton with one punch, stopped Oscar in 8, stopped Cotto in 12, had a punch fest shut out against Clottey, and pulverized a Margarito who had a 17 pound advantage. These opponents are much bigger and stronger than Marquez and Pacquiao walked through their punches. Marquez does not have any fire power that comes close to the Welterweight’s.
Pacquiao has nothing to gain from fighting Marquez a third time; boxing will also be the one who ends up with a black eye. People will accuse Pacquiao for waiting too long to give Marquez a third fight. They will accuse Pacquiao of beating up an old man. People will blame Manny because he did not go down to 140 pounds to fight Marquez. Rather than get all this negative press lobbed at him, Pacquiao should just move on and leave Marquez behind him. Pacquiao has bigger fish to fry, leave Little Marquez at the pond and go out deep sea fishing.
Unlike their fight at 130 pounds, Pacquiao fighting Marquez at Welterweight is too big, too strong, too fast, and too skilled since their last fight.
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