By Reni M. Valenzuela
Juan Manuel “Dinamita” Marquez is a uniquely different contender to fling down the gauntlet against eight-division title-holder Manny Pacquiao.
Pacquiao cannot afford to hyperbolize his presumed advantages against Marquez. He doesn’t have an assurance to warrant “presumptuousness” heading to a “star war” against the boxer who made him stagger in the air and gave him some real hurting blows in their first two encounters. Only the Marquez camp knows for certain at this juncture who Pacquiao would be up against on fight night.
The room for improvement has no restrictions . Every person has equal opportunity and access to it. Pacquiao went through that room and has emerged a complete boxer. So does a “better” Marquez approaching destiny. But as to what type of a fighter Marquez has evolved to this day against Pacquiao since they last figured in a brawl, the odds makers can only play their familiar game (to guess), wildly as they please.
Marquez is confident and already in a fighting mood as he exuded readiness and determination during a recent interview: “This third fight would be just like the two-closely-fought fights and very much a war… the smarter, better-conditioned fighter will win this fight.”
The Filipino champion has found his match in the Mexican counter-punching specialist who knows how to get up twice each time he falls down. Unlike Pacquiao’s previous opponents, Dinamita has the resilient “distinct style” suitable to challenge the Pacman dynamo (in every round and angle), good enough to cause “shiver” in the heart of Freddie Roach and Buboy Fernandez, the reason being why they tried to avoid making the trilogy happen. For styles indeed make fights, and make fights intense and classic.
All being invariable in the equation of both fighters’ strength and weakness in style and ability, there is going to be fierce exchange of punches again between Marquez and Pacquiao come November 12, but on one condition. This time, though, it’s going to be a knockout win for either of the two champions, but, again on the same one condition. Other than that, there will be nothing much different in the vaunted upcoming welterweight contest in Las Vegas except that Pacquiao is not the same static, single-dimensional and “less-powerful” fighter anymore from his two previous bouts against Marquez. Thus it would be a great undoing for Marquez to engage Pacquiao exactly the way he did before if he doesn’t pass the test.
Hence the requisite: Unless Marquez catches up with the big improvements of Pacquiao, the outcome of the Pacquiao-Marquez III would be a one-sided sensational and devastating knockout victory within seven rounds in favour of the Filipino sports icon.
Pacman continues to soar. He “lightly” calls the fight to be “personal” to him, a simple-sounding harmless word that carries a lot of weight to what it means and something that the team Marquez ought to take cautiously, and with much preparedness.
The excitement, therefore, of the forthcoming third matchup between a “Superman” and a “Spiderman” is laid heavily on the shoulders of the Mexican “swinging” hero; for him to do enough in training and conditioning to gain grounds in areas where Pacquiao has made adequate strides and has effectively put in place significant “adjustments” to become versatile and stronger inside the ring, or in space.
If Marquez improves just the way he should, he has the chance to pull an “upset” in a surprising fashion or he could be the toughest foe that the current top pound-for-pound pugilist would have ever fought and will ever likely face in the future which may include Floyd Mayweather, Jr. and Sergio Martinez.
The ultimate “finale” between Pacquiao and Marquez ought to be suspenseful and very explosive as both fighters could be aptly described in their long-running rivalry as Dynamo vs. Dinamita. Though if not, it is going to be just another “fireworks” exhibition hit-show on Saturday at the MGM Grand Garden Arena amid the rousing applause of the entertained “happy” crowd.
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