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Pacquiao/Marquez III Is Going Down This Weekend

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Manny Pacqiau and Juan Manuel Marquez will go at it for a third time in Las Vegas.

Pacquiao/Marquez III Is Going Down This Weekend

Manny Pacquiao is set to defend his welterweight crown against Juan Manuel Marquez this Saturday at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.  It's not Pacquiao/Mayweather, but this may be a precursor to the fight that everybody wants to see.  Based on the history of these two fighters, thought, this bout should provide plenty of action and entertainment. 

Pacquiao and Marquez first fought back in 2004.  Pacquiao knocked Marquez down three times in the first round but Marquez withstood the early barrage.  Marquez recovered from the near-disastrous first round and pummeled Pacquiao for a majority of the match.  The fight ended up going the distance and ending in a draw. 

Their second bout, in 2008, also lasted the full 12 rounds.  Pacquiao ended up winning on a split decision, a ruling that Marquez did not agree with.  These two fighters are aggressive and like to take risks in the ring, which led to two very intense fights.

 

Now to two rivals will enter the ring for a third time in one of the most heated and ferocious match-ups in recent memory.  Via Martin Rogers at Yahoo! Sports:

Pacquiao’s last three fights have ended in blowout victories, but all were on points. Joshua Clottey, Antonio Margarito and Shane Mosley all managed to last the full 12 rounds before losing unanimous decisions, and the Filipino superstar is under some pressure to deliver a knockout victory...

This time around Pacquiao is an overwhelming favorite after having established himself as one of the two best fighters in the world over the past three years. The boxing community craves a match-up with the other pound-for-pound king, Floyd Mayweather, but Pacquiao is loath to look past Marquez.

Fox Doucette, writing for the Boxing Tribune, thinks that this bout is a no-brainer.

Even the most ardent fanboy would generally tend to concede that the discussion in boxing’s pound-for-pound ranking is in what order Mayweather and Pacquiao should be 1-2. This would, once the balance of opinion is considered, suggest that if Floyd Mayweather easily handled a guy at welterweight without really breaking much of a sweat, that Manny Pacquiao should at least be able to do the same, styles notwithstanding—and indeed, Pacquiao hits harder and is more aggressive than is Floyd Mayweather. Marquez looked like what he was—an overgrown featherweight—at 142 pounds in the Mayweather fight. It is hard to believe he will look any different Saturday night. Put any coat of paint you want on it, this fight is a mismatch, and a Marquez win, by decision or (especially) by knockout, will be a very grand upset indeed.

I would have to agree with Doucette.  Even though Pacquiao hasn't been able to put away fighters recently, he has overpowered them in the ring.  Despite Marquez's past success at getting to Pacquiao, I think that Pacman is on a whole different level right now.  Pacquiao will win this fight, and hopefully he'll finally give the boxing world what it really wants: Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao.

There's still time!  Let CHARGED.fm get you the best tickets to Pacquiao/Marquez III in Las Vegas!


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