Pacquiao vs Marquez III: Final Stanza of Phenomenal Rivalry Awaits

Pacquiao vs Marquez III

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Manny Pacquiao remains focused on winning & winning emphatically in his third clash with Mexico's Juan Manuel Marquez.

“I have trained very hard and I have a good plan. I believe I will knock him out”  so says WBO Welterweight Champion & consensus Pound-for-Pound #1 fighter in the world, Manny Pacquiao.

“With all the muscle Marquez has put on, I don’t think he wants to be the counterpuncher in this fight,” according to Pacquiao’s long-time trainer Freddie Roach.

“The speed and power of Pacquiao’s punches will catch up to the Mexican; somewhere around the sixth, a blistering punch will put Marquez down, and if he gets up, a blistering fusillade will stop him for good” according to ESPN boxing analyst Kieran Mulvaney. 

Flashback:

Pacquiao-Marquez I
May 8, 2004
MGM Grand, Las Vegas

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Juan Manuel Marquez has unfinished business with Pound-for-Pound #1 Manny Pacquiao. Photo Credit : Chris Farina – Top Rank copyright 2011.

Stewart scores it 115-110 for Pacquiao. Jutras has it 115-110 for Marquez. Clements goes with 113-113. Result: Draw. It’s later discovered that judge Clements scored Round One 10-7 for Pacquiao instead of the 10-6 score that a three-knockdown round would typically signify. Had Clements made that round a 10-6, Pacquiao would have won by split decision.

Pacquiao-Marquez II
March 15, 2008
Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas

Jerry Roth had it 115-112 for JMM Marquez. Duane Ford had it 115-112 Pacquiao. Tom Miller scored it 114-113 for Pacquiao, giving Manny Pacquiao the narrowest of split-decision victories.

Tale of the Tape:

Pacquiao: 32 years old

Marquez: 38 years old

Pacquiao: Last bout vs Shane Mosley 12 Round UD win on 7 May, 2011.

Marquez: Last bout vs Likar Ramos 1st Round KO win on 16 July, 2011.

Pacquiao: 5’6”

Marquez: 5’7”

Pacquiao: 67”

Marquez: 67”

Pacquiao: 53-3-2 with 38 KOs.

Marquez: 53-5-1 with 39 KOs.

Pacquiao: Last beaten on 19 March, 2005 vs. Erik Morales by Unanimous Decision.

Marquez: Last beaten on 19 September, 2009 vs. Floyd Mayweather Junior by Unanimous Decision.

Pacquiao: has fought 67 Rounds in 7 fights since last bout with Marquez in 2008. Is 7-0 over this period with 4 wins by stoppage.

Marquez: has fought 54 Rounds in 6 fights since last bout with Pacquiao in 2008. Is 5-1 over this period with 4 wins by stoppage.

JMM Marquez has outlanded Pacquiao 330-305 in total punches and 252 to 214 in power shot connects over the first two meetings.

JMM Marquez landed 158 of 547 (29%) in the first fight, to 148 of 639 (23%) for Pacquiao.

Marquez enjoyed a 122-100 lead in power shot connects, landing 122 of 339 (36%) to 100 connects from 231 (43%) for Manny Pacquiao.

Marquez landed 172 of 511 total punches (34%) to 157 of 619 (25%) for Pacquiao in their second clash.

Marquez led 130-114 in power shot connects, landing on 130 of 310 (42%) to 114 of 305 (37%) for Pacquaio.

Over the previous two fights JMM Marquez landed more total punches in 12 rounds, to 9 for Pacquiao, with three rounds even.

Marquez outlanded Manny 16-5 in round six of first fight and 21-5 in round eight of the rematch. Marquez outlanded Manny 13-1 in power punches in round six of the first fight.

Manny’s most dominant round was round two of the first fight when he outlanded Marquez 18-8 in total punches.

Combined records of Pacquiao’s opponents since rematch: 271-23-2; Marquez’s opponents: 195-12-1.

Manny Pacquiao has outlanded his last seven opponents 1807-766 in total punches.

Record for Punches Landed in a Fight vs. Pacquiao: 265 – Erik Morales (I)

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Erik Morales enjoyed the most success vs. Pacquiao in recent memory.

Record for Total Punches Landed in a Round vs. Pacquiao: 34 – Antonio Margarito in round 8.

Record for Power Punches Landed in a Round vs. Pacquiao: 29 – Antonio Margarito in round 8.

Record for Total Punches Landed in a Fight vs. Marquez: 290 – Floyd Mayweather.

Record for Total Punches Landed in a Round vs. Marquez: 42- Manuel Medina in round 4.

Record for Power Punches Landed in a Round vs. Marquez: 32 – Michael Katsidis in round 7.

Matt Hamilton Prediction:

At 144lbs I can buy into this being Manny Pacquiao’s best opportunity of the three bouts to win conclusively by way of mid to late round knockout but I feel Marquez still possesses the courage, tenacity & counter-punching ability to make Pacquiao work all 12 Rounds for the decision victory. I see this one going all the way for the least controversial decision of the three fight series. Pacquiao by UD after 12 rounds of competitive action. 116-112.

Matt Hamilton, for ESNewsReporting.

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