October 10th, 2013 By Pedro Fernandez
MANNY PACQUIAO FINISH “TOUGH ACT TO FOLLOW”
San Francisco, CA- There are some feats, whether they be in the business or the sports world, you’ve climbed Mt. Everest and in the minds of more than a few you could only come down. I mean, how in the hell do you top, can you surpass or duplicate a moment in which you put one of the era’s great fighters in multi-division champion Manny Pacquiao (54-5-2, 38 KOs) to sleep.
PRESSURE ON MARQUEZ AS LEGACY BEING WRITTEN
So the $64,000 question is, how does Juan Manuel Marquez surpass that from both a boxing point of view and the historical aspect of drilling a superstar like Manny with one punch? Because the man I have yet to mention, unbeaten Timothy Bradley (30-0, 12 KOs) is not a slouch in addition to being10 years younger than the 40-year-old Mexican Marquez.
JMM-BRADLEY ABOUT INFLICTING WILL
What makes this HBO PPV clash so intriguing is that it could go either way. Marquez (55-6-1, 40 KOs) could get under Bradley’s punches and work the body which is the classic way a Mexican attacks an African-American style fighter. That is not a stereotypical comment I’ve just put forth. It is real, while black guys would try and box a Mexican, the man from south of the border is looking to punch at the border, in other words, body shots. That being fact, and the question being, will it be Bradley or JMM?
FIGHT COULD CHESS MATCH SNOOZER OR THRILLING
A lot of this has to do with the fighters themselves. Bradley, I mean taking punishment, that’s when he does. In his last outing, a UD 12 over Ruslan Provodnikov, Bradley said it was like two months or so until his “head was right again.” Ruslan (22-2, 15 KOs) hurt Bradley on many occasions, and yet Bradley was the fighter who got the scores of 114-113 twice and 115-112. Although nobody else is saying it, that beating, the damage involved could make Bradley a piece of pugilistic toast.
LOTS OF GUYS BETTING BRADLEY
There are a ton of people voting Bradley here, but I’m going to remain on the fence for this you folks as there are too many intangibles. And when there are as many as there are here, JMM’s age, mental attitude after stopping Manny, I mean it’s conceivable that Marquez hit his zenith both physically and emotionally with that single right hand. Bradley potentially damaged, JMM being 40 years old. I recommend that you save any betting money for another day as there are just too many variables.