|Scene from the Pacquiao-Marquez first encounter.|
Although the "Pacman" may be looking as ripped as he can be in every fight, one can not discount the fact that Marquez, while preparing for the fourth encounter with ring nemesis Manny Pacquiao, is in great shape and building up superb muscles he looks like the smaller version of Lou Ferrigno. The "Dinamita" from Mexico, surprisingly, will be the bigger guy now when they enter the ring on Saturday night (Sunday morning, Manila time) at the MGM Grand Garden in the Sin city of Las Vegas. But as they say, "muscles don't make a fighter" but for one to have possessed a killer instinct is, let alone collide in the squared circle and fight with styles as "styles", the sweet science may sometimes prove, "make fight".
The December 8, 2012 showdown of Manny Pacquiao, the eight-division world champion from the Philippines, and Juan Manuel Marquez of Mexico (mark it on your calendar), should be one that is explosive and breath-taking non-stop action from the get-go. Both fighters must knock each other out or else this fight should not happen at all in the first place. We've seen enough from both of them as they engaged in a 36 rounds of war that is classic. It doesn't matter if who won the previous three fights between them but this fourth one should be the last and the winner should take it all by winning convincingly.
These two warriors will have things settled out and the only way to do that is for both of them to knock each other out. It should not go to the scorecards or else the fight will be just a de javu of some sort from the previous three. The "Pacman" must be his old self, with guns blazing, firing rat-tat-tat and a boom-boom-boom where the "Dinamita" will have no time to think about counter-punching. Marquez, on the other hand, is a very technical fighter. He knows, from a technical fighter's point of view, where the punches should come from and he masterfully counter it with a shot of his own. The original Pacquiao, before trainer Freddie Roach has transformed him to become a refined fighter, is a raw, do-or-die fighting machine smashing at anyone that's put in front of him. Pacquiao's left hand, as lethal as it is, is the main weapon in his arsenal.
The technical fighter in Marquez will be most effective only, to his advantage, if he fights another technical fighter as well, or a boxer instead of a puncher. This is why Pacquiao should bring this to the level of a street fight. If Pacquiao, for this fight, would only do pure boxing he will surely be defeated on points. But, who knows, Marquez, at this time, can as well mix it up with whatever Pacquiao's bringing on the table. No doubt these two fighters are in their best of forms and in perfect condition for this fight but each must need a knockout victory to win.