Manny Pacquiao won a majority decision against Juan Manuel Marquez last Saturday night. However, the fight that dubbed as “the decision” still came out short on living up to its name. The fight still ended with a controversial conclusion and instead of ending with an answer to their two previous bouts it still ends up with many questions left unanswered.
Manny fought a controlled aggression and fought on Marquez’s game plan. Manny was fighting mainly on spurts while Marquez came out with a good battle plan. He was fighting Manny on a distance and once Manny goes in. Juanma counter punches his way out. It was a problem from their two previous bouts, and it seems Manny doesn’t have any solution to it.
He fought on a pace where a 38-year-old Marquez could easily cope with.
So I guess Marquez has already imprinted a clear blue print on how to defeat Pacquiao.
Floyd Mayweather Jr. who fought Marquez’s way back in 2009 with a clear unanimous decision, can clearly take advantaged on Pacquiao’s weaknesses.
Floyd, who is a master defensive artist and a good counter puncher, got the right tools to outpoint Manny. If Marquez can consistently land straight right hands to Pacquiao, then I don’t see Floyd having a problem in landing his own right hand.
The people and the world have been calling for a Floyd and Manny’s anticipated matchup. But for a million and one reasons all talks have been stalled because of differences on both camps. Maybe this time this would be an indication that this fight will really happen.
The ground work has already been laid down for Floyd and with a guaranteed $20 million or more; it’s a no-brainer.
Floyd can give Manny lots of problems. If Marquez is a jigsaw puzzle, then Floyd is a never-ending maze.
Many questioned Pacquiao’s win against Marquez. It was a close fight, and even though there were no knockdowns in the fight. It can still go either way. The difference is that Manny had the edge on power shots (117-100 according to CompuBox). However, I do think Marquez has done enough to win the fight.
Pacquiao escaped with a win. But I don’t think he can do a Houdini against Floyd. There is still enough room for improvement. The fighter with a good battle plan always goes to war confident and prepared. It’s time to go back to the drawing board.
When questions are left answered logically you look for good solutions. Marquez deserves a rematch with Pacquiao. However, with Marquez contemplating on retirement after his breaking loss with Pacquiao (http://ringtv.craveonline.com/blog/170141-marquez-mulls-retirement-after-another-controversial-loss-to-pacquiao) it looks like the battle between Floyd and Manny is looming to happen.
Will it ever happen? Questions… questions… I hope this time; there would be a definite answer.