There was a time when I hated Juan Manuel Marquez for his tirades against Manny Pacquiao after their first two fights. Sounding like a sore loser, he claimed that he won the first two fights against the Filipino boxing icon, and that he wanted to get a third fight with Pacquiao to prove who was the better boxer.
Well, the third and fourth fight between Marquez and Pacquiao eventually materialized, and we all know what happened in their last fight: our beloved Pacquiao was literally knocked out in the sixth round by a deadly right from the Mexican.
Now I will say this again: in my opinion the third and fourth fight between Pacquiao and Marquez were absolutely not necessary, because at the time those fights transpired, the Filipino definitely had the edge in the pound-for-pound standings. Also, the four knockdowns Pacquiao registered in the first two meetings were enough to show who was the better fighter.
But you have to admire Pacquiao for being such a game and courageous fighter, which proved to be beneficial to Marquez who got a third and fourth meeting with the Filipino.
And it looks like Marquez is undergoing a renewed phase in his career with his impressive decision win over the weekend over a tough Mike Alvarado.
While Alvarado was coming off a stoppage loss to Ruslan Provodnikov in October 19, 2013, I never expected the Mexican to win by a wide margin and even knock down Alvarado in the eighth round.
Given his showing against Alvarado, in which Marquez showed both excellent coun–terpunching skills and respectable power, there is enough reason to believe that the Mexican can take on the “young guns” in the junior welterweight and welterweight divisions, particularly Danny Garcia, Keith Thurman, Adrien Broner, and even Marcos Maidana.
What makes Marquez a still formidable force in the welterweight division is his mastery at counterpunching, having knock down power in his right hand, and impeccable work ethic. And it looks like there is no quit in his body even if he already 40 years old.
Truth is I never saw Marquez reaching this stage in his career, or his winning over Pacquiao by knockout and looking he can mount a serious challenge against the young guns in the junior welterweight and welterweight divisions.
Comparatively speaking, Pac–quiao looked like he lost some of his speed and power in his last two fights. Pacquiao’s lacking one-punch knockdown power terrifies me, especially in the light of calls for the Filipino to face Marquez for a fifth time.
In their fourth fight, Pacq–uiao was still able to keep Marquez at bay with his punching power, which resulted to a see-saw battle. Now, just imagine if Marquez just “walked through” the punches of Pac–quiao in a fifth meeting, and lands his haymakers at will on the Filipino.
Forget about Pacquiao “boxing” or counterpunching Mar–quez, because that will never work. My reasoning is simple: in the heat of battle, a fighter will always go back to the way he has fought most of the time. And Pacquiao never built his reputation as a counter–puncher or boxer.
While Pacquiao will retire with bigger earnings compared to Marquez, the Mexican can close his career with a flourish if he beats one or two young guns, and beats the Filipino in a fifth match. The last one I hate to see, and I would even advise against Pacquiao facing Mar–quez for a fifth time.
Do I sound like a “killjoy” to those clamoring for a fifth meeting between Pacquiao and Marquez? Well, I don’t care! What I care about is Pacquiao never gets badly hurt again.