December 8th, 2012 By Pedro FernandezFOURTH FIGHT A THRILLER!
San Francisco, CA- The drama, the ebb and flow of the first three Juan Manuel Marquez-Manny Pacquiao fights were hard acts to follow. That being said, their fourth encounter Saturday night in Las Vegas was more exciting than any of the prior three. Pacquiao came out very aggressive and won the first two rounds with quantity and quality, using the right jab to set up the left cross.
PACQUIAO CRUISING UNTIL HE GOT PUT DOWN HARD
With Pacquiao surging, Marquez landed a beautiful right hand over the top in round three that dropped Manny like a deer shot with a high powered rifle. Getting up, Pacquiao tried to fight back, but for the most part was on the take. The right hand that felled Pacman was set up by a series of body shots, mainly left hands underneath. In round five, Marquez ate a left cross that knocked him off center to the point where his left glove touched the canvas, thus an official knockdown.
PACQUIAO WENT FOR THE KILL & WAS KILLED INSTEAD!
With Manny “back in his groove,” he went after Marquez in high gear. To his credit, JMM made it through the round but he was walking on egg shells for a little while there. In round six, Pacquiao kept up the aggression and was winning the round until he took another right hand counter with around ten seconds to go in the round. The right hand separated Manny Pacquiao from his senses in much the same way he had knocked out Ricky Hatton. He was down face first and did not move for a while, something that scared me.
TOUGH FOR PACQUIAO TO RECOVER FROM SUCH A WHACKING
Look all fighters, especially those of world class status when matched against fighters of that same level lose fights. They just don’t get knocked out cold after falling face first to the canvas. Although Pacquiao wants to fight Marquez again, I think Manny’s “bubble” has been burst and that he’s seen better days. Even in winning all of his fights in the past three years, Pacquiao hasn’t scored a knockout or been overly impressive.
MARQUEZ SHOULD SHAKE THE MONEY TREE & RUN!
If I were Marquez, I’d want to set up a fight with Manny as soon as possible. Have the fight either in Mexico City or the Philippines, I know HBO and myself prefer Mexico over the Philippines because of security issues. With a knockout similar to Devo in the cult classic “Friday” starring Ice Cube, Marquez clearly let it be known that Manny Pacquiao is now numero dos (#2). For the record, JMM ascends to 55-6-1, 40 KOs. Back to the drawing board Pacquiao is stopped for the third time as a professional and watches his professional resume drop to 54-5-2, 38 KOs.
MEXICANS OUTNUMBERED FILIPINOS IN VEGAS!
What I thought was interesting is that the crowd was all Juan Manuel Marquez. Pacquiao has lost his fan base as the Filipinos did not turn out in mass as they have done for nearly every Pacquiao fight since he became a star and the most famous athlete in the history of the country. But the controversial loss to Tim Bradley in June that followed his gift win over Marquez last November, it clearly illustrated Manny was losing his mojo. Tonight, he lost it!
PACQUIAO MADE SOME DUMB MOVES!
Not taking the Random Drug testing so he could split $100 million or so with Floyd Mayweather was the stupidest move pulled by a fighter in ions. Instead of fighting Floyd, Manny fought a slew of “no hopers” (with the exception of Marquez) and his skills eroded with time. The fight with Mayweather, had Manny not been such a stubborn prick could have happened May 5. Instead of the most talked about fight in decades coming finally to fruition, Manny fights Bradley and loses. Couple that with the Marquez “gift” decision last year and Pacquiao is now on a three-fight losing streak.
PACNUTS HAVE BEEN SILENCED FOREVER!
As I opined earlier this week at RingTalk.com, Manny Pacquiao’s fan base, a good portion of it has abandoned the Congressman that will run for the Philippine Presidency in 2016. The best thing for Pacquiao to do is retire and concentrate solely on politics. His heart is just not in boxing anymore, I see it and so could Ray Charles.