It was all dark. When his eyes opened, he was looking up in the sky. But something was wrong. He was supposed to boxing. He was ahead in the match. Then came the realization, that the match was over.
That was supposed to be what Manny Pacquiao was thinking. He was just knocked out cold by Juan Manuel Marquez. The Mexicans were joyfull. The Filipinos were disappointed. But to me and other people with keen and unbiased eyes, it was classical match.
When Pacquiao First Met Marquez
After Pacquiao won the match against Marco Antonio Barrera, via knockout last November 2003. Manny went to challenge then-current WBA And IBF Featherweight Champion Juan Manuel Marquez.
They fought on the 8th of May 2004. It was a hardly contested bout. Marquez got knocked down thrice in the first round, but there was no 3-knockdown rule in the WBA and IBF, so the match went on. Marquez then took the majority of the remaining rounds to squeeze a draw.
With both sides in discontent of their previous encounter, they meet again for the second time in March 2008 for the WBC Super Featherweight belt. It was yet another close fight. They fought for full twelve rounds.
The judges were split in the decision. One voted for Marquez. The other voted for Pacquiao. The final judge voted for Pacquiao with the third-round flooring of Marquez in his final consideration. It was that knockdown that gave Pacquiao a split-decision victory and the WBC Super Featherweight Title.
Marquez immediately called for a rematch, but Pacquiao turned down the match as he continues his quest for World Titles in 4 more weight divisions(Lightweight, Light Welterweight, Welterweight, Light Middleweight).
The Third Encounter
With both sides in discontent again and with doubt on the past results, they fought again in the 12th of November 2011. It was another controversial fight in which Pacquiao won via Majority decision over Marquez. The audience were greatly displeased to the point that they threw things on the table and booed the decision.
Pacquiao – Marquez IV
With the Mexican side in discontent and in demand of a rematch, the rematch took place last Saturday, 8th of December 2012.
Pacquiao dominated this round with his superior speed and footwork. Marquez cannot afford to land counterpunches for Pacquiao was just breezing past them.
Marquez punches started to land on Pacquiao. Pacquiao nevertheless maintained his aggression. Both boxers performed well in this round. Kudos for that.
Marquez got the upper hand in this round. His counterpunches started to connect and cause damage to Pacquiao. At one point of the match, Pacquiao got off-balance with his missed left straight, causing his feet to assume an unstable orthodox stance. Marquez sought the opportunity and threw a penetrating right straight which got through Pacquiao’s guard and landed on his chin. Pacquiao’s unstable legs gave way and Pacquiao was down.
Pacquiao showed in this round that he was fully recovered and resumed his aggressive style of boxing, but it still wasn’t enough to turn the tide to his side. It was another draw in this round.
The tides turned to Pacquiao as he find an opening when Marquez threw a left jab. Pacquiao would have felt it would take forever for Marquez to retract his fist to defend his left side. Pacquiao capitalized this opportunity and managed to land a left straight counter to the chin of Marquez. Marquez’s legs wobbled and he desperately tried to find a rope to cling into, but he managed to find one. His fist touched the canvas, and it was a down. Pacquiao spent the remaining time in this round, pummeling Marquez which bloodied his nose and made his face swollen.
The tides really have turned into Pacquiao’s favor. Marquez was already weary and tired. Pacquiao chased him throughout the round seeking blood(KO). But at the closing seconds of the round, Pacquiao went into a bloody mess with his right hand. He put his body weight behind it, and it missed. It caused him to lunge forward towards a jolt right counter of Marquez.
It landed on his chin and sent him toppling face-first into the canvas. Kenny Bayless, the referee-in-charge, immediately stopped the fight.
As a Filipino, I was disappointed that Pacquiao lost this fight. Because somehow, Manny Pacquiao carries every Filipino’s pride when on the right.
But as an analyst, I was amazed on how the match ended. It doesn’t ended all the doubts in their previous encounters, but it made their rivalry more exciting to watch for.
Maybe I was too cruel to say that their past encounters were boring. You would have been bored to death watching 36 rounds of cautious and less-exciting boxing. I can only see in these match how Pacquiao degraded as an aggressive player. The last time I was excited on a Pacquiao’s match was on his light-middleweight title shot against Antonio Margarito. Since then, all of his matches were SOOOOO demotivating to watch. I wanted to see the former Pacquiao again.
I was SOOO(to the point that I’m highlighting it) satisfied that Pacquiao got the moves again. I can sense his agility and footwork were on their prime again. But it was too unfortunate that he regained this when he is fighting a counter-puncher, the worst for his kind of boxing.
It is not that I was an anti-fan of Pacquiao, but it felt exciting to see him get knockdowned again, for real, and knocked out, since his KO loss to 3K Battery back when he was a flyweight. That was a dozen years ago. Because it is a proof, that Pacquiao is a human being. Any boxer would have gone cold against that. It was a jolt right counter to the right straight that has the body weight behind it. Plus, it landed on a vital point. But what it makes it deadly is the angle of the counter-punch of Marquez that floored Pacquiao. It is second to none. Perfect! Kudos to that!
I bet it felt like bumping your head into a metal bar when you are riding your bike at full speed. I know that feeling. The chin and jaw are the areas that, when struck, will jolt the brain the most.
I once had a bicycle accident 15 months ago. I was thrown 2 meters high in the air and landed on my chin. I quickly lost my consciousness at the point of impact. And when I regained it, I couldn’t still move my body. It took me a minute to stand up, but the pain and the dizziness lasted for the whole afternoon. I know Pacquiao experienced worst than I did back then.
Filipino fans should not feel bittered about the match. The foot stopping trick is becoming again one of their reasons on why Pacquiao lost the fight.
But I think this phenomena is normal in a southpaw-to-orthodox fight. I don’t think Marquez will do that on purpose, because it means he will have to fight Pacquiao flat-flooted.
Even if both players were flat on their foot, Pacquiao would have the advantage, given his upper body agility, hand speed and power punches. For Marquez, it would be difficult to him to counterpunch in a flatfooted fight.
If in case Marquez is doing it on purpose, Pacquiao would have read his intention. Once the foot was in, a brawl will happen. Once the foot was out, Marquez would be chased down by Pacquiao given that the distance between them was shortened on purpose.
If in case Pacquiao happens to survive that round, he would have won, given that Marquez was already tired and swollen. But we all have to accept the fact that he didn’t.
Pacquiao has a heart of a champion. After he had knockdowned Marquez and saw the Marquez was already tired, he would have just outboxed Marquez and win by points, just like Floyd Mayweather was doing. But having a heart of a champion is having a pursuit for glory. He played for the Filipino people, he went for a KO. But the opponent’s KO lust is always and will always be a counterpuncher’s greatest asset in a match.
Hajime no Ippo Chapter 827 page 10..
Miyata Ichirou(Jpn) vs Randy Boy Junior(Phl) in the OPBF Unification Match.
The only difference is that Randy Boy is aswitch hitter.
Here is how boxing works. An infighter’s worst nightmare was a counterpuncher. A counterpuncher’s worst nightmare was a ambidexterous fighter, in short a switch hitter. A switch hitter’s worst nightmare was an infighter, where skills and technique are mostly useless in an infight.
I don’t like how most of the Mexicans reacted on the results of their matches. I don’t think that Marquez was robbed at those three fights. But the type of results of their match are so shitty that everyone can doubt it. First was a draw(Marquez – 1; Pacquiao – 1; Neutral – 1). Second is a split decision(Marquez – 1; Pacquiao – 2; Neutral – 0). The third is a majority decision(Marquez – 0; Pacquiao – 2; Neutral – 1).
Filipinos don’t bully Mexicans when Pacquiao won against a Mexican. But Mexicans, what are you doing right now? Do you want a cyberwar? Well, I am not joining. 😛
I bet to those who were enraged on the cyberbullying of Mexicans to Pacquiao and the Filipinos, were anticipating their revenge. We are praying for Nonito Donaire to splay Jorge Arce on the canvas, so we can get their revenge. Just joking. Hehehe.
Filipinos say that Marquez was lucky. Yes, he was lucky. He was lucky to have that golden opportunity. And he took this opportunity very well.
Fans tend to be biased. They used to highlight their favorite’s great performances and ignore his opponent’s. They should look at both sides to access the situation.
No offense intended on the photo above…(It is about Pacquiao-Marquez 3)
Buti pa ito si Ate….
You don’t say?
Another one..(Isa pa ‘to):
PACQUIAO – MARQUEZ 5?
It will be the most likely scenario. It will surely be Pacquiao’s comeback match after his loss and the election(it quite sound synonymous with ‘loss in the election’ XD). Their fourth bout proved that this series is something to be excited of. Other people would say, “Them Again!?” But I think it is a must.
People might get tired to them clashing again, just like in Stephen Hendry and Jimmy White clashes in the 90’s in Snooker. But I feel that they should disregard their first 3 encounters. This might be their real trilogy.
Dapat muna nating damayan si Pacquiao ngayon….