With his nose bloodied and face starting to swell as Pacquiao pummeled him in the sixth round, Marquez was able to sneak in a vicious right that landed smack on the Filipino’s chin. It was a moment that shocked the whole Philippines, and a reel that I would never want to watch again (even if it could be easily viewed in Youtube).
After proving that he can knock out the tough-chinned Pacquiao, I thought that Marquez could easily knockout any legitimate welterweight in his next fight. I even thought that Timothy Bradley, who defeated Pacquiao with a highly questionable split decision on June 9, 2012, would be easy prey for the Mexican. I was wrong, and gladly wrong.
The October 13 fight between Marquez and Bradley exposed the weakness of the Mexican, while elevating the status of the American to a higher level (not necessarily elite).
In the Bradley fight, Marquez could not land his vaunted right hand, and his counterpunching ability was no match for the quickness of the American.
Given that Marquez did not impress in his fight with Bradley, I would say that he can never outrank Pacquiao if he and the Filipino are inducted into the Boxing Hall of Fame, and ranked with the greats of the sport.
Why? Marquez’s real claim to fame so far is his knockout win over Pacquiao. Other than that, nothing really shines in the boxing resumè of Marquez. Heck, even in their first three fights, it was obvious that Marquez never really outfought Pacquiao clearly.
Also, the wins of Marquez over a defense-poor Michael Katsidis (who even knocked him down once), a light-punching Juan Diaz, and an aging Joel Casamayor pale in comparison to the wins Pacquiao registered over Ricky Hatton, Miguel Cotto, Shane Mosley, Joshua Clottey, Antonio Margarito, Eric Morales (twice by knockout), Marco Antonio Barrera, and even Lehlo Ledwaba.
I even bet you that Marquez won’t stand a chance against the likes of Margarito, Mosley, Cotto or even Clottey.
In short, one terrific punch that knocked out Pacquiao doesn’t make Marquez among the top boxers of this era. If that was so, then James Douglas, who shocked the world on February 11, 1990 by knocking out Mike Tyson for the first time in the 11th round, would be considered among the great heavyweights like Muhammad Ali, Joe Frazier, George Foreman, Jack Dempsey, Rock Marciano, Joe Louis, and even Lennox Lewis.
More credit even goes to Earnie Shavers, who despite not winning the world title, put up good fights against the game’s best during an era when talent was overflowing.
And that brings us back to the October 13 fight of Marquez against Bradley- the Mexican failed to show that he belongs to the elite of the sport. Or is Bradley that good?
Some would say that Pacquiao was actually beaten by Bradley – so does that make Pacquiao and Marquez equal? Heck no, because again – Marquez never really beat anybody of note besides the Filipino. Marquez may have beaten Barrera on March 17, 2007 but it had to go 12 rounds.
So the best thing for Marquez to do now is retire or fight Pacquiao for a fifth time, since the Filipino granted the Mexican’s wish for a fourth fight. Marquez fighting a lesser opponent just to make a last knockout entry in his fight resume won’t do him any good. The Mexican won’t even look like a demigod even if he registers a win similar to his first-round knockout of unknown Likar Ramos on July 16, 2011. No way!