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The bell rang for the 12th time and Manny Pacquiao and Juan Marquez went exchanging blows like it was still in round 1. The fight was dead even and with Marquez connecting with a right hand to the body and Pacquiao with a left hook to the head fans were cheering endlessly chanting there names back and forth. Until the bell sounded for the last time and both warriors raised their fist in the air declaring victory.
The fight was a classic and either way both fighters are declared winner. Manny Pacquiao has set some high standards on all his fights that being declared a split decision or without a knockout victory people get frustrated and criticized his performance. Pacquiao has made a vast improvement from what I’ve seen last Saturday. The head movement and footspeed was always there but I was amazed on his controlled aggression and his body movement. If it was an ordinary fighter Manny had already floored him in the first round. But Marquez was such a beauty watching his boxing clinic hitting Manny and neutralizing his left hand with good right jabs and body shots. The fight could go either way but a knock down in the 3rd round proved to be the focal point in the judges decision.
Although Marquez lost his belt but his legacy is still intact proving his worth against Eric Morales and Marco Antonio Barrera. He is the only fighter who could withstand the Filipino’s speed and power and although it was a close decision but I scored the fight 114-113 for Manny. Statistically it was Marquez who landed the most hits on Pacquiao but Manny has landed the more meaningful shots in the fight.
I would understand Marquez emotions and with his brother losing to a decision against Israel Vasquez last month. It’s a bit frustrating to loose a fight with so much pride and with a lot of things involved. With two belts, a chance of redemption and with the Mexican nation at his back it was just too much to handle.
I think Marquez did what it took to win the fight but I guess Manny also done his homework. Fans are calling for Pacquiao-Marquez 3 with so many controversies involved and to finish the unfinished business once and for all.
So who really won the fight between the two top pound for pound fighters in the world today? It’s us the fans….Kudos to top rank and golden boy for making this fight a reality.
And with still so much hype going on I can already smell a trilogy coming…
With barely a week to go before the mega showdown between Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez everyone is all hype up. Everybody’s talking about the anticipated match but there is still one undercard match to watch for. It’s the battle between Diosdado “the prince” Gabi against a bemedalled amateur boxer who is undefeated in the pro ranks, Abner Mares. With almost 6 years in age difference Abner with his immaculate record with 15 wins and 9 KOs has a slight advantage against the veteran Gabi. With 3 inches in height difference Abner can easily jab and control the fight in a distance. Gabi is known also for his power with a record of 30 wins and 21 by way of knockout with only 3 losses. Although Gabi is also a good counter puncher Abner could spell trouble to him. Gabi has difficulty against power punching fighters. He challenged the formerly undefeated Armenian Vic Darchinyan for the IBF and IBO flyweight title and although he was leading in the scorecards Gabi failed to contain the unorthodox fighter. He was caught by a left punch in the 8th round and lost via knockout.
Abner Mares maybe a good boxing prospect and this fight will be the acid test for greatness. But he should be aware that a primed and battle tested Gabi maybe too much to handle. Gabi tasted defeat and kiss the canvass in his colorful career he has nothing to lose and more to gain about this fight. The undefeated fighter would always be the pressured fighter coming in the fight… Remember Boomboom Bautista’s fate? He was good but to pit him against a tough fighter like Ponce De leon it was just too much to handle. Its like pitting a Chihuahua against a German shepherd. No, Gabi is not Ponce and Abner is no where like Boomboom but my opinion is that Abner and Golden Boy should choose a much lighter fighter with somewhat identical record like him. Gabi’s 30 wins are half of what Abner’s winning record.
The Pacquiao-Marquez 2 is a dream matchup but like any other meal a good appetizer could hype up the main course. So lets just enjoy what the menu has to offer.
With 17 days left to go before the showdown between unfinished businesses between the two light weights Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez comes into completion.
Fight fans are still undecided where to place their bets on. Marquez with his last two fights was not that promising and Pacquiao is a much improved two handed fighter now but still Marquez is a counter puncher and counter punchers are best when they face a slugger like Pacquiao.
So allow me to dissect the two fighters in terms of physical and mental ability going into the match.
Tale of the tape:
Stance: South paw Stance: Orthodox
Height: 5’6 1/2” Height: 5’7”
Reach: 67” Reach: 67”
Record: 45-3-2 Record: 48-3-1
Its almost an identical stats between the two fighters with Marquez slightly taller than Manny and has more fights compared to Manny. But height is negligible because they both have the same reach and Manny has more quality match up compared to Marquez. So basically its an even steven for both Manny and Juan.
After the Barrera fight Manny doubt his reign in the 130 lb division and was believed to move up 5lbs higher because he had difficulty making the weight limit and ballooned up to 144lbs on the day of the fight against Barrera. Manny is 6lbs overweight right now where as Marquez is already primed and ripped. Manny right now is confident of making the 130lb weight limit and with 17 days to go I could not see why. Marquez in the other hand was a dominant 126 lb fighter but moving up in the 130lb division was not at all promising to Juan Marquez as his power is not that evident winning all of his fights in the 130lb division by decision but this is how a tactician works and a counter puncher doesn’t necessarily be a knockout fighter that’s why fans find him boring because he just prefer to counter punch rather than be aggressive.
Manny is on his prime at age 29 and Marquez is a 34 aged veteran. Although stamina and the wear and tear factor plays a vital role but with proper training Marquez could really catch up with Manny but the questioned would be timing and reflexes since those two would really go with age as we speak.
Like they say “Styles makes fight”. Manny is a crowd drawer with his no fear like attitude I just cant see why fans don’t like him. But back in 2004 Marquez showed the Achilles heel of Manny even though he was down three times his counter punching skills made Manny puzzled and bewildered in that match. But that was before because Manny is now a thinking boxer as shown in the Barrera fight. He is not the one dimensional Manny Pacquiao we know before but a much improved boxer. Now the question would be how a counter puncher would match up with a two handed thinking boxer??
Power and Speed:
Although these two factors seems to be Manny’s asset but Marquez is a good tactician. As long as he is wise not to mix it up with Manny and as long as he stick to his game plan I could see him successful in this point.
Who wants it more:
Juan Marquez wanted this fight as his last farewell fight and wanted to carve a name for himself as one of the greatest Mexican boxer of all time. Manny in the other hand has a country around his back and a future mega million fight awaiting. Who wants it more?
Now you can have all the time to deliberate the boxer you would be betting on but with both guys wanting to finish what they have started I know this fight would not go to the distance. Would it be Manny or Juan? Lets wait and see.
When Miami was desperate of winning an NBA championship they went shopping and move heaven and earth just to get Big Daddy Shaq. Miami won the championship on that same year and the emergence of a new superstar Dwane Wade was recognized.
But it was only a pinch of taste of what Nirvana was like after they were easily handed down defeat by a young resurging Bulls team in the playoffs and what followed was a string of defeats, frustrations and doubts as Miami became from one of the championship contenders to one of the worst record team in the NBA right now.
Miami became desperate and the need for change is eminent. Shaq’s invincibility is slowly depleting and the once dominating center is averaging below his average numbers and to top it all a series of hip injuries made the fans question about his ability and whether he would still deliver a second championship ring to Miami.
Beating the trade deadline Miami made an unexpected move by trading Shaq in exchange for the versatile Shawn Marion and Marcus Banks from Phoenix. I was thinking no one in their right senses would accept a trade from Miami since Shaq had 20 million a year Salary left in his contract which could add up the remaining salary cap of the team thus making the team non eligible for signing free agents. Shaq with all the injuries is not the same dominating Shaq we know. He maybe has some left in his pockets but at age 36 injuries could very well play a vital role in conditioning and readiness since recovery is not that promising compared to young players.
Shawn Marion from the start of the season wanted out of Phoenix with All-stars Steve Nash and Amare Stoudamire… Marion was just left out of the picture.
Versatility is what Shawn Marion gives to Miami as he can play from point forward, small forward, power forward and even the Center position. He can guard Tony Parker, Dirk Nowitzki and even Kobe Bryant with quickness and sport a deadly shot from mid range. The question would be why Phoenix gambled on Shaq and all I can say is just two words… Championship ring… with the recent trade of Pau Gasol to the Lakers the Phoenix couldn’t afford to sit on their backs and wait for their season to be over. Phoenix was a championship contender in the West but because they lack the size they are just over powered by Tim Duncan, Carlos Boozer and big Dirk Nowitzki. Shaq could add up the hole in the center position for Phoenix. With Amare Stoudamire shipping back to his natural position (power forward)… Phoenix could very well have a big chance of winning the coveted ring. Phoenix have the youth in Borris Diaw, Leandro Barbosa ,DJ Strawberry and Amare Stoudamire mixed it up with the veterans in Steve Nash, Grant Hill and Shaq and to put it in an equation youth+veterans= ring. Phoenix could still run an up tempo game even with Shaq so there wont be any problems in terms of offense.
I believe Phoenix will have a shot for the championship this season. But nonetheless like Miami they will have to suffer some major setbacks in case everything turned sour and Shaq with his nagging injuries re occur.
But it’s not bad to taste a pinch of Nirvana anyways.
Vic Darchinyan was doing the mitts when a young Gorres was doing his routine training in the Wild Card gym of Freddie Roach. Z was full of admiration as Vic Darchinyan unleashes his power. That scenario happened two years ago when Vic was an immovable force in the flyweight division. Vic’s vulnerability was heavily exposed by Nonito Donaire and Z Gorres lost to a questionable split decision against WBO champ Fernando Montiel.
Both boxers suffered a loss and both wanted to get redemption. This Feb.2 all is at stake for both of these warriors with the winner facing Dimitri Kirilov for the IBF championship belt. Loosing is not an option here with one trying to set up his power punches and the other maximizing his speed and quickness.
I like Z Gorres chances since he is a good counter puncher and makes good decisions inside the ring but Vic Darchinyan’s power could very well spell out the outcome of the night. If Gorres can take Vic’s power then it’s a sure shot at the IBF belt but considering Vic’s ritual boxing stance he would readily be detected whenever he moves forward to set up his left hook as they say you cant teach old dogs new tricks.
This fight is a good barometer for both boxers and with only an inch height advantage this could very well be a toe to toe battle.
Im bad at predictions and as much as I wanted to be impartial but Z could very well loose this fight if he relaxes on Vic like what he did on Montiel in the later rounds. But nonetheless I see Gorres winning this fight in round 10 via Technical knockout.
Here goes my fearless forecast on Vic and Gorres showdown on Feb.2 but like the weather…its one thing we cant control….
Poverty could somehow associate to hardships and struggles… but have you ever wondered when you go to poverty stricken areas where people have absolutely nothing but still you could always see a smile plastered on each of their faces.
Those people are deprived of earthly things but they are happy and contented with life.
Money maybe a measurement of being filthy rich but happiness could never be bought by grains of money or tons of it.
I have been a fan of boxers who came out from poverty and became successful. Manny Pacquiao is a product of poverty who had to sell cigarettes and fight for a small amount of money in order to survive…
Poverty in a sense made the best out of Manny and to many aspiring boxers.
Life maybe cruel at times when it is put on the line of fire many died and many failed in becoming a champion.
Sometimes we criticize boxers for not giving their 110 percent in all their fight but it’s hard to be put in the pedestal when you’re fighting for dear life.
Poverty and boxing may not be synonymous in a lot of things but still we should put it in our mentality that when life put us on the brink of nothingness the only thing we do is we have to punch our way out of it… like boxers do…